Showing posts with label Sweepstakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sweepstakes. Show all posts

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!

The first thing we noticed about this world famous automotive auction is the vastness of the event acreage; nearly a million square feet of the auction site is under cover. Unfortunately, the second thing you are introduced to is the rudeness of the show staff. It started before we even step onto the Barrett-Jackson area.

We were greeted by the most unprofessional security personnel ever. They were overworked and hassled and not shy about expressing their frustration in words and actions. I was ordered to separate from my husband because Paul had a backpack and I did not have a bag. The gentleman overseeing the procedure hurried back and forth making disingenuous statements like, “I am only saying this because this is what I am told to say.” He really did not make much sense. The staff and exhibitors were not much better inside.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!
Burt Reynolds and McLaughlin Museum presented this 1977 Universal Studios
Promo Bandit Trans Am from the movie "Smokey and the Bandit

Not to make their excuses for them; however, we picked a bad day to attend. Saturday was Cox Charities Family Value Day and children, twelve and under, were granted free access. There was also a two-for-one entry with your current Cox bill promotion. The crowds were enormous.

All that being said, the Barrett-Jackson Auction is definitely worth the price of admission ($75 for the day). We walked over four miles. Everywhere we looked was adorned by beautiful classic cars. It was hard to remember not to touch them.

There was also tons of automobilia (automotive-related memorabilia) to tempt your wallet. Nonetheless, as if over 1,500 cars and 1,400 automobilia items on display was not enough, there were also more than 200 non-automotive vendors and interactive exhibits.

It appear to me that it was Barrett-Jackson’s attempt to make the show more wife/girlfriend friendly. You could purchase high-end alligator boots, deer antler wine stoppers, a hot tub, jewelry, women’s clothing, fishing trip, and/or sign up for Direct Television. However, we do not recommend stopping at the later because that Direct TV salesman was pretty pushy.

There was also wide variety of food and adult beverage stations from which to choose your nourishment. I opted for vegan sobe noodles (noodles made from buckwheat flour) that were stir fried perfectly and filled with vegetables. Paul enjoyed a strawberry banana smoothie for lunch.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!

Of course I had to try a new whiskey. After an informative Jack Daniels tour, I bought a shot of Single Barrel Select. The amber liquid was very strong with a weighty vanilla accent. While it burned a bit on the way down, I liked it.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!

On to the auction; I had my eye on Steve McQueen's 1952 Chevrolet Pickup Camper. The 3800 pickup was purchased by McQueen from a migrant farmer he passed on the side of the road in 1979. The Forest Green, one-ton features a 235 cu in Loadmaster six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission and a custom aluminum “Dust Tite” camper in the bed. A certificate of authenticity from McQueen’s estate is also included. I was surprised when it sold for a mere $55,000!!!

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!

However the highlight of my Barret-Jackson experience was the opportunity to chat with the legendary Bob Bondurant. While recuperating from a serious racing injury, Bondurant drafted an idea for a high performance driving school borrowing from the experiences he had while training James Garner for Grand Prix. The man turned his lemons into an empire!!! The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving opened in 1968 at Orange County International Raceway. It is still going strong in Chandler, Arizona.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!

My son Moses is the manufacturer of the Formula Mazda racecar. The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving uses these cars in their Master’s Race Series. Yup, I am a proud mama.

Overall, I would rate our experience at the Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson an eight out of ten. The cons (large crowds, rude staff, and carnival atmosphere) were dimmed by the pros (awesome cars, large food selection, plenty of restrooms, ample seating areas to rest). I cannot wait to compare the Scottsdale auction to the next one to be held in Palmdale, Florida this April.

Photos from the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction on 01/30/2016

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!
The event was littered with food options.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!
Barrett-Jackson  Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides Track

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!
That's me in front of Jeff Gordon's original restored Baby Ruth '92 T-Bird Busch Grand National Car.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!
Missed seeing ex-teammate Cameron Hayley at his dad's exhibit (Cabinets by Hayley)
Watch Cameron race his #13 NASCAR Truck this 2016 season. 

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!
Husband Paul standing in front of an original Mini-Cooper.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!
Husband Paul bought a battery tender for his SSR

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Oma Loves U!
Steve McQueen's camper up for auction.

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, Barrett-Jackson enjoys a unique reputation for its ability to value, market and consult in the classic car market to consistently achieve above-industry prices. The company’s name is synonymous with a luxury lifestyle and high-end classic and collector automobiles.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

"The Show Us Your Heinz" Sweepstakes Winner!

Heinz gave away more than $400,000 in prizes in its “Show Us Your Heinz” sweepstakes this past winter.

Oma entered by visiting between Dec. 30, 2013 and Feb. 23, 2014, and submitting a photo showing "my love for Heinz."

Each Grand Prize winner  received a trip for winner and one guest to five (5) major sporting events, in the U.S., of their choice.

Oma won the First Prize:  my choice of either a gas grill BBQ or a 12-piece stainless steel cookware set and Sponsor specified kitchen utensils.  Oma chose the cookware!

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Oma loved the generous prize:
  • Le Creuset® Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set ($750); 
  • Le Creuset Utensil Sets ($75); 
  • Le Creuset VS303 Stainless Steel Revolution Slotted Cooking Spoon ($35); 
  •  Le Creuset VS302 Stainless Steel Revolution Cooking Spoon ($35.00); 
  • Le Creuset VS304 Stainless Steel Revolution Ladle ($35) 
Thanks so much Heinz!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Win" a Free E-Book

Oma found a Sweepstakes where everyone is a winner!  Yup you read that correctly. 

Kite Readers is hosting a Tablet Accessories Giveaway with more than 20 kid-friendly prizes! Plus, every entrant gets a FREE E-BOOK!

Oma entered yesterday and downloaded "Julio Bunny and the Foreign Lion" for her Kindle.  Oma can not wait until she can read this cute story to Reef Indy.  It has awesome colorful illustrations too!

If you want to "win" your own FREE E-Book, just click here to go to the Kite Reader Website.   Enter the contest and you will receive a link to your free "Julio Bunny and the Foreign Lion" download.

Oma downloaded the Kindle version and is thrilled with its quality. 

Kid Friendly Prizes That You Could Win


Remember - Ebooks save trees.
That is one of the many environmental benefits
of digital publishing and reading!

Monday, September 9, 2013

“Sweeping” Is No Longer What Your Crazy Grandmother Does

How to Win a Life of Luxury through Sweepstakes

“Sweeping” is no longer what that crazy grandmother down the street does. With the advent of online sweepstakes, the participants of this lucrative “hobby” have averaged out much younger in the last 10 years.

Point in fact, this Oma started her hobby as a sweeper in 2008 at the age of 53*. As my participation in the hobby grew, Oma has noticed that a lot of her sweeps friends and acquaintances are forty years of age or younger! It is Oma’s personal belief that the emergence of Mommy Blogs** has propagated this trend.

This weekend Oma had the opportunity to read a paperback book entitled “Sweepstakes Millionaire” by Johnathan Wyka-Warzecha.

Opa and Oma pose in front of Buckingham Palace
Enjoying Their Free Vacation (August 2009).
Oma considers herself an accomplished “sweeper.” I have won many trips, including a vacation to England. My biggest win was from Sears. They outfitted Oma’s kitchen with Energy Saving Appliances: a refrigerator, double oven, cook top AND dishwasher! (ARV $10,000).

If you do not know what ARV stands for, you need to purchase this book. It closes with a handy “Glossary of Terms” (ARV = Approximate Retail Value).

Although not a newcomer to Sweepstakes, Oma found this fun paperback book chocked full of useful information. It is the perfect gift for a Sweepstakes Newbie or that Sweepstakes Expert. The book was easy to read and organized so that the reader can easily locate the section most pertinent to the task they were attempting.

My favorite part of the book was the interesting testimonials from actual sweepstakes winners. Oma wished that there were more such stories and that the accounts contained more details to motivate people to this exciting and rewarding hobby. A few photos would have really enhanced the testimonial experience as well.

Another must read chapter if you wish to experience the thrill of winning a sweepstakes is Chapter 3 – How to increase your chances of winning sweepstakes. It offered priceless advice which covered Online Sweepstakes, Video Sweepstakes, Instant Win Sweepstakes, Mail-In Sweepstakes, In-Store Sweepstakes, and Computer Game Contests. Who would have thought that there were so many different types of sweepstakes and that each had its own strategy.

If you have ever thought of investing your time to enter and win sweepstakes, Oma urges you to read this book. It will provide you with the information needed to start winning quickly. It took Oma years to gather this insight!

You can find this book by clicking here.

*Click here to read about the win that started Oma on her sweepstaking career.

**Mommy Blog: Family-and-homemaking blogs are weblogs which feature commentary and discussions especially about home, family, and parenting. Appellations in media reports of "mom blog," "dad blog," "parenting blog" and "family blog" refer to blogs of this type.

As a blogger, my integrity is one of the most valuable things Oma owns. Therefore, reviews will contain both positive and negative aspects as is appropriate. To put it in a simpler manner, this review is meant to help my readers (editorial) more than to help a brand (advertising).

However, it should be noted that Oma was given a copy of Sweepstakes MILLIONAIRE: How to Win a Life of Luxury through Sweepstakes to read and review.