When Todd Carpenter of Big Fish Garage invited us to his auction in Grand Island, Nebraska, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. At the time of the invite, the event didn’t even have an official name yet. In the blink of an eye, his planning committee whipped the event prospectus into shape, and the spectacle that was to unfold was aptly dubbed the “100 Squarebody Auction”.
Over the coming months, the list of trucks to cross the auction block began to grow. Consignors began to surface, adding even more interesting trucks to the list. We’re talking rarities like the original Desert Fox prototype, a one-of-a-kind Spirit of ’76 Scottsdale Bonanza, a custom ‘84 K10 Scottsdale with Outdoorsman option (and accompanying Winchester 94AE XTR .30-30 rifle!), an ‘84 K10 Silverado Sno Chaser, a ‘75 GMC Gentleman Jim, and a trio of GMC trucks from the 1976 and 1980 Indy 500 support fleets. If that’s not enough, there were pallets and pallets of desirable squarebody parts, wheels, cabs, seats, and more. Even the cover truck from our August issue, Todd’s “Outfitter” ‘76 Suburban Estate, was up for grabs.
From sun up to sundown, this sale provided a very unique opportunity to score interesting trucks and parts, no matter what your budget. It was clear that the entire Big Fish Garage staff and everyone involved worked their tails off to put on one heck of an event. All of the sale items were organized well and easy to inspect, and the auctioneers worked swiftly and managed to finish selling the last item before the beautiful June sun began to set. Hundreds of folks stayed late into the evening as everyone had an opportunity to unwind and take in a great local band.
With talk of another event, 10/10 we would do it again. Nebraska is a beautiful state, a welcome change of pace, and provided a wonderful backdrop.
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