Gary Bennett history with Barrett-Jackson goes back to the early 1970s. Bennett admits he’ll still make appearances at auction events, be has effectively retired from the company as vice president of consignment.
After being introduced to Russ and Nellie Jackson at the company’s inaugural event in 1971, Bennett became a regular bidder and consignor at Barrett-Jackson auctions. In 1995, Craig Jackson took the reins of the company after the passing of his father Russ and brother Brian. Bennett, along with Steve Davis (now the company president) approached Craig Jackson to ask how they could help.
Bennett assisted Jackson with special projects for the next seven years and officially joined the company in 2002. His contributions to the success of the collector car auction company are immeasurable. His many years of collector car expertise and his ability to make anyone feel part of the Barrett-Jackson family were invaluable in the day-to-day operations of the company, according to Barrett-Jackson.
“Gary has been an integral part of the Barrett-Jackson team since the beginning and became a dear friend to my family,” said Jackson, chairman and CEO. “His passion for the collector car industry is undeniable. Gary’s presence around the office and on our auction block will be greatly missed. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with him and consider him a great friend.”
Bennett has been involved in the automotive industry throughout his professional career, including the restoration, aftermarket and design fields. Having been an avid race car driver himself, he was no stranger at racetracks throughout the U.S. He was instrumental in helping Barrett-Jackson refine the consignment team and helped bring together a team of automotive experts to assist at the auctions, according tot he company.
“Gary’s contribution to the success of Barrett-Jackson has been invaluable,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “His knowledge, experience and sincerity made him a very special guy. He will be missed by the entire Barrett-Jackson family.”
“It’s been an amazing journey, and I’ve cherished every moment of it,” Bennett said. “I deeply appreciate the opportunity to have helped shape the collector car hobby as part of the Barrett-Jackson team. Though I enjoyed the energy and excitement of the auction block, the deep friendships forged over the years were the most important part of my time at Barrett-Jackson. While I’ve retired from the business, I plan on continuing those relationships at future Barrett-Jackson events.”