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Collector car auction carries on tradition

OK - Car AuctionThe 41st annual Okotoks Collector Car Auction rolls into town, May 27-29 in what is sure to be a treat for gear heads and car buffs.

Established in 1974 it is the longest running automotive event of its type in Canada.

Auction owner Jeff Hill is continuing a family legacy with this event, which routinely brings 2,000 to 3,000 car buffs to town. Jeff’s uncle and aunt, Grant and Sue Hill formerly ran the auction. Like them Jeff brings to the auction a long-standing love and knowledge of cars.

“There will a brief description of the car and what makes them so special,” Jeff said. “There is a reason auctioneers talk so fast, it’s a quick process. So people having a real good look at them before hand is an important part of the process.”

Jeff said the auctioneers are top of the line to ensure the show is well run and with the integrity for which the Hills have operated the show for four decades.

While many of the vehicles will have “reserved bids”— meaning if the vehicle doesn’t reach a pre-determined price it isn’t sold — Jeff said they have a number of sellers who are willing to gamble and take the highest bid.

“If you get two people who won’t say no, and they’re bidding against each other, that’s where the prices really go up,” Jeff said. “It’s fun, there’s adrenaline, and the crowd sees what’s going on and gets into it and it kind of eggs the people on.”

A preview showing of the impressive vehicles and memorabilia up for sale goes Friday night (May 27) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The auction itself begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning and continues Sunday at 11 a.m.

Visit or call 403-938-4139 for more information on this year’s event.

Caption: Classic cars go on the block at the Okotoks Collector Car Auction May 27-29.


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