The beer was flowing and the cars were selling at the Orange County Fairgrounds Saturday, as thousands from all over flooded into Costa Mesa for a glimpse of automobile history and a bit of nostalgia.
For the first time, the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction came to Orange County with hundreds of vehicles dating as far back as the Ford Model-T up for bidding.
One Southern California pair, Lori Smith of Anaheim and Mark Thene from Long Beach, couldn't seem to pull themselves away from a 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 Roadster on display.
"I have one just like it. I love this style of car," Thene said. "They don't make them like this anymore. The lines are classic."
Visitors Saturday varied on what makes a car a classic, but most spoke of fond memories from their first cars and an inexplicable attraction to the model.