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By B.W. Cook | July 7, 2011
The internationally known car auctioneer Barrett-Jackson teamed up with the Orange County Chapter of Childhelp on June 23 in Costa Mesa to produce a lively summer event billed as "Cowboys, Cars & Stars. " Who could resist an invitation like that? The evening party unfolded at the Orange County Fair & Event Center, attracting 250 donors and raising an impressive $190,000. The proceeds will benefit abused and neglected children cared for by Childhelp. This was the second annual Drive the Dream event for Childhelp.
By Steve Beazley | March 22, 2011
The bedrock of the O.C. Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) has been those partners who assist the fair organization to deliver on its promise to serve our community's interests. After 120 years, one undeniable truth exists: It does take a village to serve the villagers. Relationships with public partners like the city of Costa Mesa and the county have long been fruitful in fulfilling our collective duty to provide public good. Decades of efforts with the city and county have made for a good, three-legged stool.
By Joseph Serna | June 22, 2012
Like a carpenter inspecting another's work, Steve Dawson peered under the hood of a glossy red 1969 Mach 1 Ford Mustang on Friday, meticulously inspecting every bolt, fastener and hose with a critical eye. Dawson said he doesn't even particularly care for Mustangs. But the car enthusiast from San Diego, who owns four restored classics of his own, appreciates good work when he sees it. "This is probably the best put-together car here," he concluded. "I've done it and know how hard it is. Taking things apart and putting them back together is one thing, but so they look perfect, beautiful?"
From Staff Reports | June 26, 2012
A classic and rare car auction over the weekend at the Orange County Fairgrounds generated $14 million in sales, organizers said Tuesday. Nearly 54,000 people attended the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction event Friday through Sunday, according to the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based auction house. About 66% of the bidders registered to bid for the first time, a sign the event is growing. "Southern California is without a doubt the car culture capital of the U.S.," Craig Jackson, Barrett-Jackson chairman and chief executive, said in a news release.
By Dan Pittman | November 3, 2009
Hotels in Costa Mesa and neighboring Newport Beach, along with shopping centers, restaurants and other businesses catering to overnight guests, anticipate they will be very busy when the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company LLC, host of ?The World?s Greatest Collector Car Auctions?, comes to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, June 25-27, 2010. ?We are delighted to welcome Barrett-Jackson to Orange County. This incredible signature event has the potential to be a serious economic engine for the county, and will certainly put us on the map from a national awareness perspective,?
By Alexandra Baird, | June 25, 2011
Everyone from serious auto collectors to families snapping pictures of their dream cars packed the OC Fair & Event Center on Saturday for the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. During its inaugural Orange County auction last year, Barrett-Jackson — which bills its events as the World's Greatest Car Collector Auctions — sold more than $15 million in cars. This weekend, organizers said they expected 70,000 people to attend the three-day event. On Friday, more than $3.3 million in cars were auctioned, but the heavy hitting started Saturday.
By Joseph Serna, | July 7, 2010
COSTA MESA — Who says cars depreciate in value the moment they're driven off the lot? In what company officials are calling a strong showing, the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car auction at the Orange County Fairgrounds last month reported more than $15 million in sales. It was the auction company's first foray into Orange County, with already well-known annual auctions taking place in Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Beach, Fla., and Las Vegas. Officials credited Southern California drivers' well-known affinity for classic American cars and hot rods as key to the inaugural auction's success.
Joseph Serna, | June 19, 2010
A preview of next weekend's Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction rides from South Coast Plaza to O.C. Fairgrounds, revs up car enthusiasts. Bill Morgan was all too happy to pop open the trunk to his daughter's candy red 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Saturday and pull out a photo album documenting the car's rehabilitation from junker to car show winner. "We tore it all down and rebuilt it from the ground up," said Morgan, 84. "Everything in it is authentic down to the nuts and bolts."
June 14, 2011
COSTA MESA — They call this a "tent. " The people who brought the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction to Costa Mesa last summer have started preparing for an even bigger show this year. Barrett-Jackson's second annual Orange County Collector Car Auction will take place at the Orange County Fairgrounds the weekend of June 24-26. Last week, workers began erecting the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based auctioneer's famous "Auction Tent," which will house those expensive collector cars going on the auction block.
May 25, 2010
Noted home builder Anita Ferguson, the wife of late Assemblyman Gil Ferguson, has died, family members said Monday. Ferguson succumbed to cancer Sunday evening at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, her son Jay Ferguson said. She was 84. Anita Ferguson lived in the Bluffs neighborhood near Corona del Mar High School. She and her husband moved to Newport Beach in 1970 and lived on the Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Island, Corona del Mar and other neighborhoods throughout the city.
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