Kim’s Trip of a Lifetime: The 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction

Written by Mike Wilson on February 02, 2018

Our first ever “Refer a Friend” contest run in partnership with Hagerty Canada, was a huge success. The lucky grand prize winner, Kimberly Brown-Petitti, whose name was drawn from over 200 entrants and had the opportunity to attend the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona earlier this month, billed it “a trip of a lifetime.”

When Kim found out that she had won our contest, she was in shock. She joked that she’d never won anything in the past - except for a Tim Horton’s coffee, so this was both unexpected and emotional. The latter, more so, because of what classic cars meant to her.

The proud owner of a 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible, which was left to her when her father passed away in 1996. She’s had such a happy history with what she calls her “classic family car”, she understood what a trip to Scottsdale meant - it was essentially every car lover’s dream come true.

From the moment I picked Kim and Frank (her husband) up at the airport, there was excitement in their eyes. As part of the grand prize trip, The Petittis enjoyed three nights at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

On the first day of the auction, she stood in the same spot from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm, only leaving because Frank was dead on his feet. She basically had the best “seat” in the building, and spent the three days standing right where the cars rolled off the auction block once they were sold. She would only leave to go to the washroom, with Frank stepping in to save her place. She was there for so long that by the end of the show, the security crew along with the car pushers, knew her by her name.

Kim admits that the auction has made her want to bust her ‘75 Olds out of the garage and get it on the road again, which is admittedly making this winter seem longer than most. Sorry Kim!

So when I said that Kim was excited about the trip, I seriously meant it. “I would say I am going to cross this trip off my bucket list, but I don’t think so, as I will go back,” Kim claimed. “I can not say thank you enough, as even though the trip went by so quickly and has come and gone... I have 1,000 pictures of cars etc. to go through on my camera and so many memories to keep with me.”

It was our pleasure to celebrate your passion for classic cars at the 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction. Thank you for being such a sport and for one last time, congratulations!

Want a shot at an experience like Kim? Stay tuned for this year’s Refer a Friend contest and maybe you will be our 2018 winner of “a trip of a lifetime!”

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