Dana Mecum’s 31st Original Spring Classic collector car auction ends sometime Sunday when the final hammer drops at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
By that time, more than 2,000 vehicles will have crossed the block at what annually is one of the largest collector car sales on the planet. The auction originally was scheduled only through Saturday, when the star cars will be up for bidding, but with so many vehicles on the docket, the auction was extended with a Sunday session.
I spent parts of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the auction, notebook and camera in hand. It’s become one of my favorites, in part because of the venue. The Indiana fairgrounds comprises a group of historic show buildings that seem to put classic cars in their rightful element, time-capsule vehicles within time-capsule architecture.
One of those buildings, the West Pavilion, looks like an old factory structure and has