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Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event rolls in

By: Rachel Leigh

From muscles cars to classics, 600 of the fastest, most extravagant and, of course, collectable vehicles are rolling into the Palm Beach Area for the 6th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event bringing in big names, parties and money.

The event kicks off Wednesday with the Opening Night Gala from 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets to the annual charity gathering are $80 each, and all proceeds benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

Then, from Thursday to Sunday, vehicles will be sold at no reserve out at the South Florida Fair Grounds & Expo Center in West Palm Beach.

Of coarse, there will be the Corvettes, Bel Airs, Bosses, Porsches, Caddies and Shelbys ready for your garage.

This year, the four-day event got a jump start over the weekend at Wayne Akers Ford in Lake Worth.

Car enthusiasts were invited to show off their very own pride and joy while getting an up close and personal view of two KITT Ford Shelby Mustangs from "Knight Rider" and an opportunity to talk with Barrett-Jackson experts including President Gary Bennett and VP Steve Davis. The two presented the "Barrett-Jackson Expert's Choice Awards" to three entrants.

The six-hour event benefited Ford's Salute to Education, a program which awards high school seniors with scholarship money. So far, the program has awarded more than $2.9 million to more than 3,000 seniors in South Florida.

One of the ways they are raising money for the program is auctioning off two of the KITT Ford Shelby Mustangs used in "Knight Rider". The two cars join a list of cars, including eight from the hit TV show "The Sopranos", being auctioned off for charity this year.

For a complete list of events and a sneak peek at the cars crossing the auction block, log onto Barrett-Jackson.com.

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