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TACH SPECIAL: Live Broadband Coverage of Sacramento Collector Car Auction

Posted By Terry Callahan
Motorsports Editor, The Auto Channel
June 1, 2001

5th Annual Sacramento Classic Car Event Broadcast Live over the Internet

AUTO CENTRAL - The Auto Channel, in cooperation with the Towe Auto Museum will broadcast the 5th Annual Sacramento Collector Car Auction to Internet users and car enthusiasts all over the world. TACH’s complete coverage will begin at 9:30AM, Pacific Time, this Saturday, June 2nd, with the auction beginning at 10AM PT. The live broadcast will be available via broadband and high-speed connectivity only. Archived highlights of the auction will subsequently be available in 28.8k and 56k versions as well.

One of the featured vehicles in the auction will be a 1979 HONG QI (red flag) from CHINA. This car was believed to have been assigned by the Chinese Government to Panchen Lama, one of Tibet's two grand lamas (the other being the Dalai Lama) who used it during his lifetime. Originally, the car was shipped to this country by the former Chairman of US-China Trade Development Committee for display in an auto museum and for use by Chinese officials visiting the United States. It took more than nine months before the export permits were approved by the Chinese authorities. The car is both bullet and sound proof.

The auction will contain about 200 vehicles in total and include models from Rolls Royce, Desoto, Maserati, Lotus, Oldsmobile, Chrysler, and Ferrari.

The broadcast of the auction will be accessible through both The Auto Channel and the Towe Auto Museum website at http://www.theautochannel.com/vehicles/coll/museums/towe/2001/auction.html?EVENTS and http://www.toweautomuseum.org, respectively.

The TOWE AUTO MUSEUM, which was originally known as the TOWE FORD MUSEUM, now houses over 160 vehicles of all makes in a 71,000-square-foot building that is located on the banks of the Sacramento River. The collection includes some unusual models from Tucker and REO to a 1926 Cunningham Ambulance, thought to be the last remaining example. Performance cars include Cobra and Lotus, as well as motorcycles and dirt-track champ cars. Many of the original collection's standard-bearers are still there, including a 1919 Model T Center Door Sedan, a 1923 Model T Roadster, a 1928 Model A Pickup, a 1929 Model A Rumble seat Roadster, a 1932 Model B Roadster, a 1933 V8 Four-door Sedan, and a 1966 Shelby GT350.

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