HD Theater's Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars & More Airs Live from the Mecum Spring Classic Auction, the World's Largest Collector Car Auction, from Wednesday, May 19 - Saturday May 22
Discovery Channel to Air One-Hour Live Special on Saturday, May 22 from 2-3 PM ET Featuring the Auction of Harley J. Earl's 1963 Corvette and Other High-Profile Classic Cars Crossing the Mecum Auction Block
MARENGO, IL - April 26, 2010 --
Dana Mecum's 2010 Original Spring Classic Auction stakes its claim as the world's largest collector car auction this year with over 1,750 collector cars crossing the auction block at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. HD Theater's MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS AND MORE captures all of the high-octane action live from Wednesday, May 19 through Saturday, May 22, as Dana Mecum and his amazing team auctions off high-end muscle cars, timeless classics and rare exotics to the highest bidders. Since the Spring Classic Auction is packed with one-of-a-kind collector cars, Discovery Channel is going live with MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS AND MORE on Saturday, May 22 from 2-3 PM ET.
"Mecum was the first auction to broadcast in HD, giving the public a behind-the-scenes look at the collector car auction world like never before," said Dana Mecum, president of Mecum Auto Auctions. "To have the opportunity to have HD Theater's production of MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS AND MORE to air on Discovery Channel will help us expand our viewership. As one of the most widely distributed cable networks in the United States, Discovery Channel's one hour special on Saturday, May 22 gives car enthusiasts who don't have access to high-definition television a chance to experience a Mecum auction."
Discovery Channel's Saturday afternoon special presentation features some of the most sought after collector cars at the auction, including Harley J. Earl's 1963 Corvette (Lot S116), which is considered by many experts to be one of the most valuable and historically significant Corvettes ever built. This thoroughly unique and one-of-a-kind Corvette was presented to Earl as a gift from his colleagues at General Motors as an acknowledgement for the enormous leadership and influence the styling mastermind brought to GM between 1927 and 1958. Earl's impact on America's automotive industry during his tenure as the design genius at GM can not be overstated. His incredible flair for innovation and bold style resulted in numerous design breakthroughs, such as aircraft inspired tailfins on the iconic Cadillacs of the late 1940s and 1950s and the birth of America's most enduring and revered sports car, the Corvette. So great was his contributions to American automotive culture that the trophy presented to the winner of NASCAR's Daytona 500 bears his name. Other historically significant cars being auctioned off during Discovery Channel's special presentation include one of eight 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air III convertibles (Lot S120) and a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot S106).
The 23rd Annual Original Spring Classic Auction will take place May 19-23, 2010, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Ind. HD Theater's MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS AND MORE will air live from the event on Wednesday, May 19 from 5-9 PM ET; Thursday, May 20 from 6-10 PM ET; Friday, May 21 from 6-10 PM ET and Saturday, May 22 from 3-8 PM ET. Additionally, Discovery Channel will go live on Saturday, May 22 from 2-3 PM ET with a special presentation of MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS AND MORE.
HD Theater's MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS AND MORE highlights collectible vehicles and memorabilia up for bid at six select Mecum Auctions throughout the year. The series is regularly seen on HD Theater, Discovery Communications' first 24-hour high-definition cable network, offering compelling real-world and motorized content. Now in its third season, MECUM AUTO AUCTIONS has elevated the Mecum brand to a global level as enthusiasts and collectors alike watch President Dana Mecum and his team drop the hammer on some amazing automobiles. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 23 years, now offering an industry-leading 5,000 collector cars per year. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online at http://www.mecum.com or by calling 815.568.8888.