The Branson Auction, Branson, Missouri, October 17-18, 2014
Fall 2014 marked the completion of the Branson Auction’s thirty-fifth year, a series started in 1979 when Mark Trimble decided to sell off a few cars from his collection.
Both the Branson Auction and Mark Trimble’s collecting have now persisted through more than a generation. The auction is now run by Jim and Kathy Cox, but Mark still brings – and usually sells – a few cars, and one of these days he’ll offer some of his airplanes, or dupes from his definitive collection of outboard motors.
Branson – bright and glitzy, with theaters, shows and events for almost every taste – is Middle America. A surprising number of great, and even more good, cars lurk within driving distance of Branson. Every year Jim Cox unearths more than a few, like this year’s ‘AC Frazer-Nash’.
The auction crew [which includes the writer, introducing the cars] with Brian Marshall and Ben deBruhl on the block and Kenny Garman, Phil Gee, Michael Steel, Henry Gee and Marty Hill in the ring, brings their own flair and energy, in keeping with Branson’s show-biz buzz.
This is Mid-America car collecting, at the core of the hobby where individual collectors offer their cars, and individual collectors take them home. A few high profile lots are scattered through the docket, but six-figure cars are rare and the emphasis is on affordable, if sometimes funky.
The host hotel, the Hilton Hotel at the Branson Convention Center, is good enough to stand out in New York, L.A. or Chicago. Jim and Kathy Cox’s Candlestick restaurant, demolished in the direct path of the 2012 ‘Leap Day’ Branson Tornado, hasn’t done the phoenix thing, but there’s plenty of good food to go with the abundance of entertainment options.
There aren’t a lot of cars in this report. Eight hours on the block introducing cars is already a long day, but they give the flavor of the quality and diversity of the Branson Auction offerings.
The Branson Spring auction is April 17-18, 2015.
Branson Collector Car Fall 2014 – Auction Report