The cancellation announcement of the Mecum Auction’s Des Moines show has many Iowans revving their engines.
For the last 23 years Mecum Auctions has come to the state fairgrounds for a two-day nationally televised collector car auction.
According to the Iowa DOT, Mecum has been selling the vehicles without titles for several years, and that is against the law in Iowa.
Mecum calls the cancellation of its Des Moines auction a ‘business decision,’ but for businesses around the fairground blow to their revenue. Kendra Swift at the EconoLodge explains, “The hotel lost out on two days business, they usually come in on the 29th of June, stay for two days and we`ve lost all that revenue, now we`re not expecting any visitors from those 2 days.”
The DOT released a statement saying, “the DOT has not ordered Mecum to cancel its auction and has not taken any affirmative acts to close or prevent the auction. We have contacted Mecum and attempted to explore options for them to continue forward, but to date Mecum has refused to consider these options.”