BOSTON (CBS) – A local man now owns a piece of failed Boston history. Two cars from the Grand Prix of Boston, an IndyCar race that never happened, sold at a court ordered bankruptcy auction in Holbrook Wednesday.
The race was supposed to draw thousands of spectators to the Seaport over Labor Day weekend, but snags in the permit process and outrage from residents put a wrench in the plans.
Organizers were forced to auction off replica cars and road barriers that would have been used for the race. More than 1,100 concrete barriers went up for auction.
One of the promotional replica cars was bought by Mark Blotner for $7,000. “It’s just like when little boys like Matchbox cars, as you get older, you like bigger cars,” Blotner said. “That’s it, so it’s just a model, it’s just a fun little, there’s no particular reason why I bought it.”
Blotner said he would have put an engine in the car and tried to run it, but he doesn’t think that can be done.
The auction raised about $25,000, a drop in the bucket for race organizers who are $9 million in debt with $1.6 million owed to ticket-holders.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mike Macklin reports