The 36th annual New England Auto Auction is quickly approaching, and excitement abounds at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Bidders and spectators from around the world are expected to attend Saturday, Aug. 17. The 36th annual New England Auto Auction will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. A preview week will take place Aug. 12 through 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, providing potential bidders with an opportunity to view the large selection of vehicles slated for sale. Bidder preview and registration will begin at 7 a.m. on the day of the auction and will extend through the end of the sale.

Nearly 200 automobiles and motorcycles will be up for bid at the auction.

“Shifting gears from first to second is always an exciting part of a vehicle’s transition through the process of forward movement. Maxing out the revs through launch to a sustained speed, a shift to second gear provides the ability to build upon the efforts the first gear had provided, launching the vehicle toward its mission at a greater speed and smoother velocity. In this case, first gear is our Director Emeritus Charles Chiarchiaro, providing the tremendous effort put forth of 36 years in the driver’s seat, providing the direction and action needed to bring the museum to where it stands today. The shift to second gear is representative of my position now as your executive director. It is a very exciting time here at the museum as we are experiencing a transitional year with new blood, with vibrant ideas and goals. Think of 'The Wizard of Oz' when the set goes from black and white to living color,” wrote Owls Head Transportation Museum Executive Director Russ Rocknak in the spring/ summer edition of the museum’s membership publication, 'Strut & Axle.'

The Owls Head Transportation Museum has partnered with auctioneers Kaja Veilleux and John Bottero from Thomaston Place Auction Galleries. With the expertise of tenured staff, including Curator Ethan Yankura, and the addition new staff, including Auction Coordinator Toby Stinson, who brings a vast knowledge of automobiles to the auction. Yankura will start off the day before handing things off to Bottero, who will be at the block for the balance of the day.

Cars up for auction in the 2013 sale include a 1960 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe, a 1930 Ford A Roadster Pickup, a 1934 Timmis/Ford v8 Roadster, a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria, a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet, a 1973 Triumph Hurricane motorcycle and many, many more.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is still accepting last-minute consignments on fine quality vehicles to be sold at the 36th Annual New England Auto Auction. For further information, please contact Auction Coordinator Toby Stinson at 594-4418.

For further information about any of the cars in the sale, please visit