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MECUM OUT: Auction Cancels Due To DOT Dispute

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Des Moines' most popular auction for historical cars…could soon be history itself.

The Mecum Car Auction has drawn national attention to Des Moines over the past 23-years.  But now Mecum is canceling it’s July auction at the fair grounds because of a dispute with the State Department of Transportation.

On it’s website, Mecum says it has concerns about the DOT enforcing a 70-year old law requiring titles for cars to first be transferred to the auctioneer before they can be sold.

But the DOT says that law does not apply to cars that are more than 20-years old and considered “collectable”

"We've been trying to find ways that we could reach out to them to preserve this year's event if that's still possible.  Certainly we'd welcome them back next year."  Says Mark Lowe with the State DOT.

Mecum has not responded to our calls for comment.