Scottsdale International Auto Museum

New Scottsdale International Auto Museum
Hosting Lots Of Events This Weekend

For 40 years now, January is collector car auction month in the Valley of the Sun, with as many as 7 different auctions selling over $100 million in vintage vehicles. The "Scottsdale International Auto Museum" is the new kid on the (auction) block and was the first off the line this year hosting a collector car auction with over 200 vehicles on January 1st & 2nd 2011.

The new Scottsdale International Auto Museum (a 501c3 non-profit) opened during December at the Scottsdale Pavilions (Az-101 & Indian Bend Road). Housed in the 75,000 square foot former Mervyns Department store located on the south side of Indian Bend Road behind the 5 & Diner restaurant.

This unique family-oriented car museum will showcase up to 150 vintage vehicles on a rotating basis and provides lots of spaces for corporate and charity events, parties, car club meetings and assorted special events.

It also features the world's largest museum gift shop and a themed cafe. The new high-tech high-speed "Tesla" electric sports car will be on display there too and available for free test rides during the month of January.

The Scottsdale International Auto Museum will be hosting several fun car-hobby related events this coming weekend including:

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings Jan 21st to the 23rd, from 8am to 11am they will be providing free coffee and free museum tours. You can meet-up with your friends, tour the museum and then car-pool over to Barrett-Jackson, R-M, Gooding's, Russo & Steele, or the Silver Auctions.

Also, "Hemmings Motor News" Publisher Jim Menneto will be at the museum from 8am to 9am on Friday and Saturday passing out free copies of Hemmings new Restoration Guide-Books to those in attendance.

Then you can return on Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening for the Museums free Collector Car Cruise-In's and get a free collectable SIA Museum Grand-Opening Commemorative Dash Plaque when you bring your collector car. There will also be raffle prizes available and a 50/50 drawing to benefit the non-profit museum.

Please note that the Scottsdale Pavilions McDonalds parking lot will be completely full of collector cars by 8am this Saturday morning, but we will have almost 400 more parking places available for collector car parking out in front of the museum. So now there will be almost 1000 collector cars for you to see at the world's largest weekly free car show every Saturday at the Scottsdale Pavilions.

The Arizona T-Bucket Club and the Arizona Rod & Classic Car Club will be the Museums featured car club's at this Friday and Saturday's Collector Car Cruise-In's with special reserved parking out in front of the museum and a few of their cars will be displayed inside the museum. Also, all of the featured car club members will have full-access to the museum areas and free admission to the concert and dance inside the museums expo area too.

If the Museums Collector Car Cruise-In's out in the front parking lot isn't enough to get you all revved up, the museum will be featuring live music inside the museums expo area where you can dance the night away surrounded by some very rare million-dollar collector cars.

On Friday night, from around 6pm to 9pm, the museum will feature the Big Band sounds of Marlin Zimmerman from the Packard Club, and, on Saturday night, from around 5pm to 8pm, the Higher Power Band featured at the Cruise on Central Ave. and at many of Nancy Perry's car shows will be playing the oldies, Motown and classic rock inside the museums expo area.

If you should decide to come inside the museum to enjoy the great music and dance on the marble dance-floor in their large expo area, the museum will be requesting a $10.00 donation per adult (kids under 16 are free) to help cover the expenses of these two excellent professional bands who are generously discounting their usual fees for the non-profit museum and this admission price will also include full-access to all areas of the museum too.

There is nowhere in Scottsdale that you can get as much value for your hard-earned dollar as at this new museum. So cruise on over to the new Scottsdale International Auto Museum for the cars and the camaraderie, and then stay for the great music. Remember to bring the grand-parents along too and maybe they will teach you and your kids how to "jitter-bug". I hope to see you and your family there.

Stay tuned for more museum updates as they are announced. You can go to the museums newly revised web site for more info and see car photos from their recent auction at:

Also, be sure to watch a way-cool video of some of the cars at the museum in December by Phoenix's own Al Tracy, founder of Desert and Nationwide Car at:

Finally, the museum could use a few extra volunteers to help out doing some of the various things that need to be done around the museum. During our auction at the beginning of the month, the Cactus GTO Club graciously volunteered to help push the auction cars past the indoor podium for us in return for a donation to their club. We really appreciated their members help and hard work and wanted to publicly thank them for all their efforts on behalf of the new museum.

If any other clubs or individuals wish to help out at the museum, even if just for a couple of hours on occasion when extra hands are needed, please call the Scottsdale International Auto Museums assistant curator Bill Gilmore at 602-230-7111 or you can e-mail him at and add your name to our "Museum Pit-Crew" list.

The above articles were written and e-mailed out by collector car appraiser Bill Gilmore at Automotive Research Services in Phoenix Arizona. You can reach Bill at 602-230-7111, or you can e-mail him at:

Bill is a member of a number of vintage vehicle clubs and is also a long-time member of the Society of Automotive Historians and the National Association of Automobile Museums and has been asked to become Assistant Curator to Leo Gephart who will be Senior Curator and is a Co-Founder of the new GRG Scottsdale International Automobile Museum which opened to the public during December 2010.