Family gives Barrett-Jackson cars a spin


by Steve Ryan

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 18 at 12:00 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction comes to town, a lot of people start to dream of driving some of the most unique and expensive cars in the world.

But one Valley family does more than dream. Each year, they climb behind the wheel of every car on the auction block and give it a spin.

Martin Amaya Jr., his father, Martin Amaya Sr., and cousin, David Dazueta, have taken a week off from their full-time jobs for the past seven years so they could work at the auction.

“We drive all the auction cars,” Dazueta said. “We park them, pull them in, stage them, pre-stage them, take them up on stage and put them back.”

Their vacation is all business though, as they have millions of dollars in their hands.

“You gotta relax and figure, ‘You know what, it’s a car,’ ” Dazueta said.

The Barrett-Jackson auction is noted for rare and exotic car makes, including Lamborghini and Bugatti, but Dazueta and his family dream of getting behind the wheel of something different.

“I’m a Chevrolet guy,” he said. “The Bel Airs, the Impalas."

The family says they prefer cars made between the 1930s and 1960s.

“I think they got a better style,” Martin Amaya Sr. said. “I just like the old cars.”

But no matter the make or model, these drivers let the fun roll.

“There’s over 1,400 or so cars, and it’s great to come out here and get ideas for our own vehicles, and just hang out with the whole crew that we typically do this with,” Amaya Jr. said.

Anyone can apply to drive cars for the auction by visiting the employment opportunities on the Barrett-Jackson website.