Weekend Edition: In The Lot At Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

It’s 9:20 pm Saturday here on the East Coast. Antii is sleeping, Pete is doing the family thing, UDMan is still AWOL and all the Hooniverse Overlords are out partying their ass off or being parents, so this olelongrooffan, having just returned from the Barrett-Jackson festivities, decided to blow the whole scheduling thing here in the Hooniverse out of the water and post up some shit. And Yeah, I am stone cold sober and nicotine free. And it sucks. Big Time. Hope my fellow Hoons Enjoy.


As fellow Hooniverse contributor Jim Yu pointed out in his Cars of LeMons post a whiles back, sometimes the cars seen in the lot at car events are as cool as the cars we turn out to see. This olelongrooffan has mentioned previously that The Chief Blooger hooked me up with a sweet ass pass to the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction this weekend and I have certainly been taking advantage of the possession of that pass. I spent the bulk of the past three days twenty minutes south of TheStuccoBox I now call home attending that party and, while this post is somewhat delinquent for this weekend, I’ll get some more stuff up hopefully for my fellow Hoons enjoyment.

Having said that, this 2002 is certainly suitable for the book that is about your face Ornish Car Society and it was set up exactly to this olelongrooffan’s liking. Incidentally, that old blue longerroof in the background is treating me just fine. Thank you, thankyouverymuch.

Feel free to click on through to see some more stuff spotted in the lot at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.


This sticker was affixed to the rear window of a late model ‘burban parked next to that Ornish Bimmer.


And if a fancy assed BMW Ornish car just doesn’t do it for my fellow Hoons, how about a bone ass stock 1st gen Bronco in the same shade? Yeah, I thought so. It does it for me also. I mean, full wheel covers and saddle gas tanks are just the icing on the cake for this one.


I am fairly certain the driver of this ride has bigger kahunas than this olelongrooffan as is demonstrated by driving this awesome machine to Barrett-Jackson and parking it right out front. Yeah, I thought that was pretty damn cool of him.


Of course, there were a whole damned bunch of this type of vehicle to be seen in the lot there. But hey, this is the olelongrooffan and it is Hooniverse, so who the hell really gives a crap about them?


Let’s see some Dodge Demon with a 360 and factory hood scoops from the early 70’s action if you don’t mind.


Or how about a 74 Caprice convertible? 

Sorry my fellow Hoons but a slight digression is coming from this olelongrooffan. Feel free to skip over these musings for more images of what was seen in the lot at Barrett-Jackson that day.

I spent the 18th summer of my life living in a small coastal community, Grayton Beach, in Florida just west of Panama City Beach. I some became fast friends with a dude whose Dad owned an independent automobile leasing company in Montgomery, Alabama. Danny’s folks had a gorgeous beachfront home built up on stilts. Well, as you can imagine, as like minded 18 year olds we managed to have our share of fun. Anyway, his Pop had, for a while, a navy blue one of these with a white vinyl interior. Yeah, a real pimp mobile. On more than one opportunity Danny and this olelongrooffan would take that beautiful ragtop over to the strip that was Panama City Beach and have a blast just cruising up and down. Even though, back then, the drinking age was 18, we didn’t need to hit any clubs to have a bit-o-fun with some beach bunnies. Yeah, it is amazing what memories the mere sighting of a car brings back to this olelongrooffan. I haven’t thought of Bobby Reid’s convertible or his business in nearly 35 years.


It’s okay Hoons, my digression is over and let’s get back to the cars in the lot. I am fairly certain that there was never a factory offered 300 from that esteemed German manufacturer however this aftermarket ragtop looked pretty convincing. Not all together sure about the whitewalls though. 


And while this is the only SUV with that Barrett-Jackson lettering I captured an image of that day, trust me there were at least 30 of them from all of the Detroit Big Three.


Much like the Geo driver, this dude brought out a fun and somewhat rare Honda for my, and your, viewing pleasure.


But this Mitsu truck was the one that really did it for this olelongrooffan. It made me miss my olebeaterpickemup truck all the more. And see that errant paper cup in the lower left of that image. I drove by this truck again about 5 minutes later and noticed there was a groundskeeper guy who was collecting litter in that lot and he had picked it up. Yeah, that is the level of detail that Barrett-Jackson seems to imply.


Just down a bit from that Mitsu was this sweet thing. Pretty sure this is a Bentley ragtop and one I wouldn’t mind Hooning around for a day….or so.


Since Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach is held at the South Florida Fairgrounds where an agriculture presence is heavily felt, I felt it was only appropriate to include this first gen Super Cab offered by the Blue Oval.


This 250 was in pristine condition and I absolutely fell in love with it. My older brother, Bus_Plunge had one similar to it back in the day when he was hauling all his carnival joints around the midwest. I am confident it is no longer in as good of shape as this one is.


Yeah, dual gas tanks for that extended driving at 9 MPG and a heavy duty receiver out back. The Ford dealer installing that safety bumper, unlike a certain Fleetside seen recently, remains anonymous. 


And the interior of that old truck was just as beautiful as the exterior. Hand crank windows, skinny wood grain steering wheel and a nose that can’t be forgotten seen in the rear view mirror FTW.


As I headed over to the media designated parking lot (thanks again Chief Blooger)  a couple SSR’s were spotted. These things always remind me of Plymouth Prowlers for whatever reason.


Out in front of the exposition hall was this sweet ass Westie. This olelongrooffan so wanted to steal this sucker and come visit every one of my fellow Hoons. Yeah, I want one that bad.


And just to finish up this edition of the Seen In The Lot, how about an almost matching pair of Bentley ragtops framed by stair stepping trucks and SUVs in the background?

Stayed tuned.

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17 responses to “Weekend Edition: In The Lot At Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    About orange cars… my face is not in the book, so I have trouble trying to view the Ornch Car Cult pages, so maybe this has been covered there.
    Honey Bunny related to me a theory that all other factors being equal you should always buy a used orange car over another color. The reasoning goes that orange is usually a customer specified paint job (cheapo German runabouts of the 1970s excepted) and someone who is eclectic enough to specify that color is probably going to order a high-option vehicle, and take much better care of their little wedge of juicy goodness than someone who bought an off the lot beige model.
    Seem legit?
    (And speaking of orange vehicles, I see the Reliable Carriers van in the background; they of the slammed Peterbilt 379XL from the same show. I'm guessing they're trolling for business in the collector car transport market.)

  2. lilred Avatar

    Thanks for the tour, Very interesting. Hey i am still waiting for the groundskeeper
    to come by and pick up that cardboard and article of clothing there by that neat old Bronco

  3. Maxichamp Avatar

    Florida really has a ton of Bentleys. The Geo sedan, Mercedes convertible with OG California plates, and the Mitsubishi truck are my favorites.
    Wife and I drove to the nice part of town to gawk at the ritzy homes and daydream. One house had a Bentley convertible, an E-class wagon, and an Aston Martin parked out on the driveway. Must be nice.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Double hood scoops? A first for me. A bit like three boobs or fourteen testicles.

    1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      I swear some of the girls around here have both.

  5. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Of all those it's the Bronco that lights my fire. Demon is pretty special, I should imagine those hood scoops are good for Ram air as well as rainwater injection into the bargain!

  6. mrh1965 Avatar

    The F250 is interesting. Looking at that bumper made me think of how most every pickup used to have those — even my 84 Datsun/Nissan — usually with the dealer's name embedded in it. Guess 99% of them have long been recycled.
    And I really like the Mercedes, whitewalls and all. Nice car.

  7. Preludacris Avatar

    Something for everyone! This might sound predictable but I really like that Civic, especially in a sea of expensive and larger vehicles. The well maintained, somewhat unusual purple paint is awesome. I'm with batshitbox on this: when on Craigslist, find the civic with the purple paint.

  8. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    If I was down there, I think I'd be happier out in the parking lot, than inside at the show. Thanks for the tour, Roofy!

  9. Busplunge Avatar

    Longroof…. that short box F-250 Club Cab— Yep, I had one, baby blue, got photos of it somewhere. I think it was a 1978. this one looks like a 1976.
    I had a 76 F-250, big motor, no a/c and a four speed. Do you remember the tornado we were in back then in western Iowa? You, the PVTRN, Jeepjunkie and I in the front seat. All three of you had a blanket over your heads. I was backing and filing the truck, first facing west, then facing south, The PVTRN yelled at me, "What are you doing?" I said the guy on the radio said if you are in a vehicle head into the wind. I just trying to do what he says but the wind keeps changing directions. You hollered from under the blanket, "It's a tornado dadblame it!"
    Like your Caprice rag top memory, I had forgotten all about that until I saw that Ford truck in your post and your note on it.

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      Yep – F-250 gets my vote for Best on the Lot.

    2. lost_and_found Avatar

      I was a kid growing up in small town southern Iowa in the 80's. Centerville Iowa to be exact. The carnival used to come through every May or so, and it was always a highlight for me. Was that you carnival perchance?

      1. longrooffan Avatar

        dude…I am going to say yes it was. All across central Iowa and visited every small town along the way. Centerville was definitely one of them. The show name was Bernie Davidson shows, IIRC. Small damn world ain't it?

        1. lost_and_found Avatar

          It is a small damn world. That makes me feel a little warm and fuzzy inside somehow.

          1. busplunge Avatar

            Remember the cranes? That was our feature. Draglines, dig 'em out to win now! Watch 'em scratch, watch 'em dig, dig 'em out to win now, Hey by golly there goes another winner! You want this cigarette case or a quarter and a free game? Remember the 'choice washer' — if you picked up the washer you got your choice of any prize in the case. Naked lady cigarette lighters were alway popular in Iowa. Draglines, Diggers, Cranes.
            Time flies when you are having fun! http://www.jamesroller.com/vintage/images/old3.jp

          2. lost_and_found Avatar

            We love our naked ladies in Iowa.

  10. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
    C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    Remarkably, two of those vehicles look rather familiar.
    My wife, long before I met her, had a '75 Caprice 'vert which was turned into scrap when she was hit by a loaded gravel hauler in Dallas. She replaced it with an '81 240D. The W123 wasn't a coupe, or a 'vert, but close enough.
    I've seen pictures of the Caprice after it was hit. I'm surprised she wasn't picking the front bumper of a semi out of her hair.
    The area from the back of the rear seat, rearward, was effectively gone.