Friday, December 19, 2014

Discovery picks up Barrett-Jackson auction

Among the collector items to be offered in the Scottsdale auction is this four-cylinder,
1929 Indian 401 motorcycle from the Otis Chandler collection. Photo, Barrett-Jackson.
Chris Jacobs, from Velocity's "Overhaulin'," will be host of "Barrett-Jackson Live" when the automotive auction debuts on Discovery Channel and Velocity in January, the network announced Friday.

Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale, Ariz., auction will be begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 on Discovery Channel and continue through the weekend on Velocity. 

Barrett-Jackson televised auctions date back to 1996 when they were first carried by Speedvision, which was later acquired by Fox and relaunched from Charlotte as Speed Channel. Fox Sports finished the contract with Barrett-Jackson when Speed Channel became Fox Sports 1, and Discovery picked up the contract beginning next year.

Others who will be on the telecast in January include Ray Evernham, host of Velocity's "Americarna;" Rick Debruhl, a former NASCAR pit reporter for ESPN; Mike Joy, who does Sprint Cup coverage for Fox Sports; Steve Magnante, automotive author; and Cristy Lee, co-host of Velocity's "All Girls Garage."