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Company Name: The Official Best Of
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In Washington we are pleased to announce the coming release of a TV segment filmed in Washington featuring the LeMay Family Collection as the Official Best Automotive & Collectables Attraction in Washington for 2013.

The feature will be shown on FOX Seattle and on The Discovery Channel nationally in October, 2013 and placed on the national travel site, .

Saturday October 5 at 2:00 pm on KCPQ FOX channel 13 in Seattle Wednesday October 2 at 5:00 am E/P on The Discovery Channel The Official Best Of originated in January, 2007 as a travel TV show and website only covering a few states. Today Official Best Of covers 28 states with the remaining states plus other countries being covered in 2013.

The Official Best Of studios are located in Hollywood, CA and has researchers that spend at least 2 months per show compiling a collection of the very best attractions and destinations in each given state. Once the research is complete and destinations are chosen in a state, a show is produced and aired. Produced according to each individual state, each state’s show is promoted and aired within that state as well as promoted on a national level. Each TV segment is also featured on the website. One distinction that sets Official Best Of apart from many other travel sites is that it doesn’t accept advertising on either its television programs or its website. The selection of attractions is by merit, and lesser-known but worthy attractions are given the same attention as famous ones.

As with each TV show production, the website offers a great resource for those planning a vacation, day trip or outing for residents within Washington as well as folks all across the country. Official Best Of is currently working on covering all 50 states plus exploring other countries.

Visit to see the states already covered.

About Lucky Collector Car Auctions & the LeMay Family Collection Foundation

Lucky Collector Car Auctions are organized and operated by Cosmopolitan Motors and the LeMay Family Collection Foundation, which is located on the historic and beautiful grounds at the Marymount Event Center near Tacoma, Washington.

Beneficiaries include the LeMay Family Collection Foundation and LeMay – America’s Car Museum.

Contact information and event details are available at or by calling (206) 467-6531 for more information or visit the Lucky Car Auction website at to review the newest 2013 Truck and Vehicle offerings as they become available.

Lucky Truck Auction Bidder Information

The June 2 “Lucky Trucky Fire Sale” will be preceded by a Saturday night auction preview and reception, which is open to invited guests, consignors, and bidders.  In addition to the growing lot list and no-reserve offerings, special collector vehicles such as the 1959 Opel T1 Hardtop—which set the world record with 376 MPG in 1973—will be available for public viewing and photography.

Event Details

  • Saturday, June 1st, 2013 –  4:00pm-7:00pm Truck Auction Preview & Reception for Invited Guests, Consignors & Bidders
  • Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 – Gates open at 9:00am. Truck Auction begins at 10:30am. (All Lots)

Consignment Slots and Bidding Registration remain available online and by phone.  Pre-auction inspection of in situ vehicles are still available by special arrangement (Contact Lucky Collector Car Auction organizers for details).


Other Classic Washington Automobiles

In addition to substantial complements of firefighting, farm, and military vehicles, June 2nd bidders will be competing to acquire collectable and restoration project trucks that run from 1912 to 1980 and feature unusual as well as mass production makers—Linn, Diamond, Studebaker, Mack, GMC, Dodge, Ford, and Chevrolet included.

Current confirmed lot listings include:  1917 White Flatbed Truck; 1920 Linn Half-Track; 1925 Mack 7.5 Ton; 1929 GMC Truck (Hollywood Stunt Lot Vehicle); 1930 GMC Model o-10 Cab; 1931 FWD 5 Ton; 1932 Chevrolet Stakebed Truck; 1940 Dodge Military Truck; 1940 Ford 2.5 Ton; 1942 Diamond T Flatbed; 1942 GMC 6×6;  1946 Studebaker M-15; 1947 Diamond T 1.5 Ton Truck; 1947 Dodge Flatbed Dump Truck; 1951 Ford F-7 Big Job Truck; 1951 Studebaker Tow Truck; 1952 Chevrolet Truck; 1952 Dodge M-37; 1952 Ford F7 Big Job; 1952 Studebaker Military Truck; 1953 GMC Truck; 1975 Dodge.

Portland Rare Cars to be sold in Tacoma

Immaculate Bristol Tops Bus List: 1955 marks the first year that Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company—which would become world- famous for the distinctive, era-defining bus designs that followed the company’s formation in 1908—first formally separated its vehicle production into a new Bristol Commercial Vehicles Limited unit that would continue new generations of double-deckers until final closure and transfer of operations to parent company Leyland in 1981. This immaculate LeMay-branded specimen (pictured left) represents one of the world’s finest exemplars available as well as a key milestone in the Bristol production history.

History in the Rear-View Mirror: No, no one screwed up at the factory: the reversed image powder blue markings of this authentic pre-war Studebaker were designed for left-to-right reading through a rear view mirror. While it may have originally been used as a Studebaker Delivery Van (possibly a bread truck), it was definitely used in the movie “Toys” as an ambulance. Although the large classic was never likely confused with a speeding ice cream truck, this authentic Studebaker ambulance was designed to err on the side of safety and still bears much of its original paint, fixtures, and markings.

“Apparatus No. 1” – 1914 American La France 800 GPM Pumper (Ex- Seattle Fire Department)

Fix for Seattle’s First “Pain at Pump:” In 1910, leaping, fast-spreading flames ravaged Seattle’s densely packed downtown in a massive fire that nearly destroyed huge chunks of the newly emerging city. Despite the best efforts of Seattle’s Fire Department (which was still mostly horse-drawn), its then industry standard steam pumpers and highly-organized supporting bucket brigades were unable to contain the blaze. Less than five years later, in 1914, Seattle—and its growing force of firefighting professionals—got precisely the break it needed; the city’s first-ever motorized pumping unit—a 1914 American La France capable of projecting an 800 gallon per minute flow that almost instantly changed the face of firefighting and, in the opinion of at least one Seattle historian, could very likely have prevented the 1910 calamity. Designated as Apparatus No. 1 – an SFD equipment number indicating date of acquisition within one of several equipment categories – the authenticated pumper (left) is one of two motorized pumpers acquired by the department in the same year and has the sole distinction of entering service bearing the “No. 1” designation and marking that it bears to this day.


Several important and remarkable vehicles have not been available for public viewing for decades—causing LeMay staff and volunteers to scramble as they transport, restage, prepare and document their addition to the burgeoning Lucky Collector Car Auction lot list, now confirmed at more than 80, for pre-auction publication online at

As word spreads, the phones of both LFCF—which co-sponsors the commercial public auction—and its local representatives have become increasingly flooded by inquisitive “first responders” seeking to “jump the fire line” and pre-buy or otherwise secure specific vehicles prior to open, no-reserve bidding.

Unfortunately, the collection’s no-reserve entries are already bound by auction rules and regulations that ensure their public availability to high bidders, not early worms. Fueled by additional private consignments now expected to exceed 20 additional vehicles, auction organizers expects the lot listing will continue to grow up until the hours before auction—especially in the vintage and classic truck categories.

Representing a full spectrum of rarity, condition and value, the confirmed June 2 lot list is certain to inspire lively competition in a wide array of bidding categories, from pristine and pedigreed historics to more accessible and affordable classics and project vehicles—even farm equipment, Model T’s and up-for-grabs Hollywood stunt vehicles.


As part of the second-ever Lucky Collector Car Auction, held on the sweeping pastoral grounds of the LeMay Family Collection Foundation’s (LFCF) Marymount Event Center campus in Tacoma, an expected 100+ trucks, tractors and industrial vehicles—approximately 80 with “no reserve” and destined to go to the highest bidder—are scheduled to open an unprecedented “ollie-ollie-oxen-free” floodgate to the region’s growing community of collectors, restorers, clubs and car-lovers. In a move designed to raise funds for the LeMay – America’s Car Museum, both ACM and the LeMay family will be working together to facilitate the release of a virtual flood of historics, collectibles and important vehicles into public hands in a one-day collector vehicle sale—comprised of many vintage LeMay Collection trucks and industrial vehicles. The June 2 offering is made possible by the LeMay family and America’s Car Museum, which is specifically enabling the public sale of previously committed specimens to help fund its new museum and programs by making them available to collectors, curators, enthusiasts and local auto/historical institutions. Judging from the Lucky Auction lot list, the open-to-all sell-off will include not only some of the coveted, rare and unusual, but several especially important historics playing major roles in the region’s history. With the last week’s publication of several new offerings—including the first motorized firefighting pumper fire engine placed into service by the City of Seattle—buyers have begun calling the auction’s local agents and representatives in record number for additional information on specific lot listings, which now include fire trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, Mack trucks, half-tracks, flatbeds, stake beds, tractors, military vehicles, municipal and double-decker buses, ambulances, Hollywood stunt trucks, and at least one Model T. The resulting avalanche of offerings is supplemented by an expected 20+ additional consignments of note from around the region—including a smorgasbord of 40’s and 50’s era classics and pick-up trucks expected to draw aspiring restorers and clubs from around the region.


There’s no two ways about it: word is officially out: The Pacific Northwest’s growing stature as an automotive “collector cluster,” the increasingly high-visibility home for a surprisingly, disproportionately high number of world-class collectors, collections and national concours contributors, is no longer a wellkept secret.

In fact, thanks to the LeMay family of Tacoma, Washington—and the twin institutions they’ve collectively worked to establish and support—on June 2 the Pacific Northwest is taking center stage in a very public way.

Based on the world-class collection of Harold LeMay, a local magnate whose life-long passion for acquiring, preserving and restoring important vehicles built one of the world’s most eclectic and complete collections, Tacoma is today home to not one, but two nationally acclaimed institutions—the LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) and LeMay Family Collection Foundation (LCFC), both of which offer an unparalleled and rich glimpse into our national—and local—history.

Washington Rare Automobiles – High Powered Style

It was just one way that the Washington marque dominated this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend Aug. 15-17. The Veyron’s equally elegant ancestors were also triumphant. At the Concours itself, recognized as the world’s primary collector-car showplace, an unprecedented field of nearly 50 vintage Bugattis were on display, and they won top honors in multiple categories, including Best in Show. That prize went to Peter Williamson’s 1935 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. It’s one of two proper examples of that car extant. The other, which belongs to Ralph Lauren, won the same prize in 1993.

This year, Lauren won the Strother McMinn Trophy best competition car for his 1934 Type 59. Among other Bugattis honored was Seattle collector Charles Morse’s 1939 Type 57C Gangloff Atalante, which took third place in its class. It was a year in which many important restorations were on display for the first time, and that made the event a major milestone in Vancouver history. The tone was set by car show hosts Sandra Kasky and Bainbridge Island’s Glenn Mounger, who arrived stage-side in a 1932 Type 41 Royale.