This upcoming weekend, June 27 and 28, was when it was all supposed to go back to quasi-normal.

At least that was the hope back in late March and April, when auction companies were canceling sales and moving auction dates on the calendar.

Mecum moved their Indy sale to this weekend from May — and then again moved it to July. Leake canceled their Tulsa sale, and they’re rolling with their Marketplace-E for the time being. Vicari’s Dalton, Georgia, sale was canceled after initially moving down the calendar.

Let’s not forget that Germany’s Techno Classica, which hosts RM Sotheby’s and Coys auctions, was initially rescheduled to this weekend after moving from April. Now, Techno Classics will be back in 2021.

All of this is just another reminder that we, as individuals, have very little control over the pandemic. It’s through cooperative assessment and action that we’ll make it out of this as a society as intact as possible.

To that end, distractions are welcome, and cars are very good at diverting attention — just ask any ex-girlfriend of mine.

Once upon a forever ago, Barrett-Jackson scheduled the Northeast sale in Connecticut to this weekend. Barrett-Jackson is now deep into the all-digital age, and they recently announced their second online-only sale. In just the last week, they’ve started revealing the bulk of the docket.

The sale starts July 6 and ends on July 10.

The starring lot, a 2018 Ford GT in Shadow Black, joins a plethora of new Ferraris, Shelbys, as well as the usual resto-mod muscle cars, pickups and an SVT Cobra Mustang that I’ve got my eye on. It was offered during their May online sale but went unsold at a high bid of $20,000. It’s back again, this time without that pesky little thing called a reserve.

Now, Barrett-Jackson isn’t the only major auction company hosting an exclusively online sale in the next few weeks. RM Sotheby’s will offer their Online Only: Open Roads, The European Summer Auction starting on July 14 and running through July 21.

Expect plenty of Ferraris and Porsches in RM Sotheby’s second European online sale, with 80 lots expected to run. Porsche Passion, 1960–2020, will be a featured collection, so keep checking their website for additional consignments.

Four months into the American reaction to the pandemic, we’re still suffering record spikes in many parts of the country, especially in the south and west. We have a much better idea on how the virus spreads, but that’s not good enough yet. The coronavirus doesn’t care that we want normal lives again.

Keep washing your hands and stay safe, and we’ll make it through this.

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