Mecum Car Auctions brings 2,000 classic cars to Indiana State Fairgrounds

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By Allye Clayton/ WTHR News Intern

INDIANAPOLIS - If you have a love for cars and would enjoy a day bidding on one, then you should make your way to the state fairgrounds. A 1966 Superformance GT40 MKII replica was auctioned today for $135,000.

Mecum Auctions is in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Fairgrounds May 17-21, 2016.

Mecum deals with cars, motorcycles and even neon Road Art signs and over 200 items were sold in today’s auctions.

According to their website, the auction company “is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales.”

While the company goes across the United States, it does not hit every state.

Tony Thorne, a banker, drove here from Jackson, Ohio with a friend. He says he has a love of cars and grew up with them because his father was a drag racer.

Thorne didn’t grow up working on the cars; however, he says that he now changes the oil and brakes along with other types of fixes.

After seeing the cars today, Thorne says it brought back some memories of his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, which just happened to be his first car. He also added that he left his checkbook at home.

On the other hand, Robby Floid flew from North Carolina to see the cars up for auction.

For the past five years, he has been rebuilding a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback.

When asked which car he would pick for a test-drive, his son answered that there are too many to choose from. His son also says he has a list of dream cars.

Floid’s love of cars comes from want to take the car apart, learn what makes it “tick” and then putting it back together again. He says, “It’s an addiction.”

While Thorne left his checkbook at home, Floid did not. But his son did point out that the only thing holding them back today is their wallets.

Dodge was also at the fairgrounds today. They were giving free test-rides for spectators. One could pick between a Challenger, a Charger or a Viper.  Click the video to see how one of this cars drives.

Doors open daily at 8 a.m. and the auction begins at 8:30 a.m. with Road Art and the cars cross the block at 10 a.m. Bidder registration is $200. That includes a guest pass for admission to the auction for each of the five days. Spectator tickets are $30.00 with children 12 and under free. The auction is at the Indiana State Fairgrounds until Saturday May 21st.

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