By Tim Linscott
The Grant Tribune-Sentinel
What do you get when you cross a museum, a Perkins County history lesson and one of the largest auto auctions in U.S. history?
The Bullock Chevrolet auction, slated for Saturday, Sept. 6, in Grant.
After a long and storied history in Perkins County as a Chevrolet dealer, the Bullock family, Noel, wife Kareln, and sons Scott and Brett will auction off around 200 collector vehicles, parts and other pieces of American heritage.
After the third largest auto auction in the world happened in Pierce, Neb., in September 2013, the Bullock family discussed having an auction in November 2013. Matriarch of the family, Genevieve Bullock, passed away Jan. 30, of this year as preparations for the sale were underway.
“We really wanted her to see this, it is going to be exciting,” Noel Bullock said.
Scott Bullock has been working on average of 14 to 16 hours a day on preparations for the sale.
VanDerBrink Auctions of Minnesota, the same auction company that handled the Lambrecht auction in Pierce, will be heading up the Bullock auction.
The sale has drawn national media attention and people from around the world have already made contact with the Bullocks about the plethora of vehicles.
A trio from Australia came to Grant to speak with Scott Bullock and a man from Arkansas has already come to view vehicles.
Two men from Kansas came to help out with the preparations of the sale out of shear love of classic cars.
“Getting the title work and purchase orders on over 200 vehicles will be quite an undertaking,” Noel Bullock said with a grin.
After the sale, Bullock plans on continuing his used vehicle business in the same location.
Growing up around classic muscle cars, Scott Bullock said there is a buzz of excitement about the sale and he just loves being around the many GTOs and other cars that will be auctioned off.
Noel Bullock won several awards for selling GTOs, including the DeLorean Award in 1965 for selling the most 1965 GTOs. He even sold a rare 1969 GTO Judge convertible, one of only 108 built.
An addition to the building last week brought back some nostalgia to the business as Scott and Brett had the original Bullock Chevrolet sign refurbished and hung back in its respective spot.
“It was great being able to do this for dad and get the sign back up for the sale for people to see,” Scott Bullock said.
Stepping back into time for a bit, seeing rare gems of American vehicles and watching car enthusiasts ogle will be part of the buzz created by the sale, which is what Yvette VanDerBrink is hoping will happen.
“There is such a diverse group of vehicles in this collection,” VanDerBrink said. “There is something for everyone, Ford, Chevy, trucks, you name it.”