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HD Theater and Mecum Auction Company Announce the First Live HD Auto Auction Series, Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars and More, Starting Saturday, March 29 from 8-11 PM ET

HD Theater and Mecum Auction Company Announce the First Live HD Auto Auction Series, Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars and More, Starting Saturday, March 29 from 8-11 PM ET


SILVER SPRING, Md. & MARENGO, Ill. (PRWEB) February 26, 2008

    MECUM AUTO AUCTION will broadcast live each Saturday night from Mecum Auction Company’s event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Each episode will feature approximately 60 collector cars live from the auction block as bidders vie for some of the hottest rides and coolest classics. The series not only profiles the amazing cars, eccentric collectors and deal-by-deal auction drama, but also explores the behind-the-scene process of these high-end automotive auctions, including the crucial evaluation process.

According to Mecum Auction Company’s CEO Dana Mecum, “MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS AND MORE will showcase our highly-spirited automotive auctions, which blend some of the best dramatic elements of sports, reality and game shows. Each auction features real buyers and sellers in a competitive display of bidding prowess, while contemplating the crucial car-by-car question of ‘What’s it worth?'”

“HD Theater is excited to partner with Mecum Auction Company and present the dynamic live action of their collector car auctions,” stated Clint Stinchcomb, executive vice president and general manager of HD Theater and Turbo Media. “MECUM AUTO AUCTION represents our commitment to transport HD Theater’s viewers to compelling live events and capture in HD the meticulous craftsmanship and artistic detail of these spectacular cars.”

The Mecum Auction Company, with corporate headquarters located in Marengo, Ill., is in its 21st year of selling collector cars, specializing in muscle cars and Corvettes. Mecum also produces the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show, which is in its 35th year. In 2008, Mecum will host and manage 14 auctions across the United States and expects to sell its 50,000th car in the spring.

The first 24-hour high-definition network to broadcast all of its content in brilliant 1080i and 5.1 digital surround sound, HD Theater offers compelling real-world and motorized content from a wide range of categories including adventure, technology, nature and world culture – all designed to provide viewers with the highest-quality television experience available. Discovery Communications is the number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery’s 100-plus worldwide networks are led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, The Science Channel, Discovery Health, Military Channel and HD Theater, with digital media properties including HowStuffWorks.com. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Co. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery’s founder and chairman. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com/.

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Muscle Car Parts Mainstay The Paddock Facing Auction Block

Muscle Car Parts Mainstay The Paddock Facing Auction Block

The Paddocks Knightstown headquarters.

Avon, IN (PRWEB) May 22, 2010

The down economy has claimed another victim—The Paddock, a mainstay in the muscle car parts business for over 40 years. Indianapolis-based Key Auctioneers (www.KeyAuctioneers.com) announced today that it will auction the company’s parts inventory, showroom items, collectibles, vehicles, and equipment at the company’s 60,000-square-foot Knightstown facility.

The July 29 auction is expected to draw thousands of muscle car enthusiasts from the Midwest and beyond.

The Paddock has been a leading supplier of muscle car parts for several decades. Its thirteen parts lines represent some of America’s most popular muscle cars, including Mustang, Corvette, GTO, and Camaro.

Company founder Jim O’Neil started The Paddock in 1965, restoring muscle cars in a small shop in Knightstown. By 1979, the company was manufacturing Mustang steel patch panels. The company’s first Mustang catalog was printed soon thereafter and the company started to grow by word of mouth. In 1980, the first Camaro catalog was printed. In 1998, Wes Watts, a former parts manager for the local Chevrolet dealership, purchased the company from O’Neil.

Over the years the company added Firebird, GTO, Chevelle, Nova, Cutlass, Impala and other catalogs to its muscle car line. In 2001, Watts built a state-of-the art 60,000-square-foot facility to accommodate his growing business.

According the Watts, the economic downturn of the last three years, along with the credit crisis, contributed to the company’s demise.

Key Auctioneers Senior Vice President Tim Boeglin said the company’s intellectual property was garnering a high degree of interest. Included in the intellectual property are the company’s name and trademarks, million-name customer list, websites, catalogs, and phone numbers.

About Key Auctioneers

Key Auctioneers is an Indianapolis-based auctioneer of commercial, industrial, and real estate assets in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri. The company’s automotives division has auctioned several Indy racing teams, including MoNunn Racing, Panther Racing, and Guthrie Meyer Racing.

For more information about Key Auctioneers, contact Tim Boeglin or (812) 327-5352.

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