Mecum Auctions 2017 coverage kicks off in Kissimmee

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More than 200 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage on NBC and NBCSN over 2017 kicks off with more than 30 hours at the iconic Kissimmee Car Auction this week.

A release with details and air times is below:

The world’s largest collector car auction will be showcased to a national audience this week, as NBC and NBCSN combine to present nearly 30 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from its iconic Kissimmee Car Auction, beginning with live coverage tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

This week’s auction from Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla., features more than 3,000 classic and collector vehicles, and kicks off more than 200 hours of 2017 Mecum Auctions coverage on NBC and NBCSN.

Highlights from this week’s auction include a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS, an unrestored 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird, an unrestored 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle, and a 1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS – perhaps the only one in existence – with its original paint and interior.

NBC and NBCSN will combine to present nearly 30 hours of coverage from Kissimmee, beginning with five hours of live coverage tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN presents more than 10 hours of coverage on Friday, beginning with a live four-hour block at 2 p.m. ET, and continuing with coverage at 8:30 p.m. ET. Saturday’s coverage on NBCSN begins at 8:30 p.m. ET, followed by a six-hour block on Monday, Jan. 16, at Noon ET on NBCSN, and a one-hour program on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. ET.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream this week’s Mecum Auctions coverage.

Scott Hoke will host coverage on-site in Kissimmee, alongside analysts John Kraman, Stephen Cox, Bill Stephens, and reporter Katie Osborne. Following is NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions telecast schedule from Kissimmee, Fla.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee telecast schedule on NBC and NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Thur., January 12 Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
Fri., January 13 Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee NBCSN 2 p.m.
Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee* NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Sat., January 14 Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee* NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Mon., January 16 Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee** NBCSN 12 p.m.
Sun., January 29 Best of Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee** NBC 2 p.m.

*same-day delay
**taped presentation

Kubica, di Resta complete Williams F1 tests in Hungary

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Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta have both completed one-day tests for Williams in a 2014-spec Formula 1 car as part of the team’s evaluation for its 2018 line-up.

Williams is known to be considering a number of drivers to partner Lance Stroll at the team next year, including existing racer Felipe Massa.

Massa is thought to be going up against Kubica and di Resta for the 2018 drive, with the latter duo taking part in a private test at the Hungaroring in Budapest this week to aid the team’s evaluation.

After missing out on a 2018 Renault drive due to lingering questions about his physical condition six years after his rally accident, Kubica tested for Williams at Silverstone last week before getting back behind the wheel of the 2014 FW36 car in Hungary on Tuesday.

Kubica’s test was called “productive” by Williams, with the Pole handing duties over to Mercedes DTM racer di Resta on Wednesday.

Di Resta raced in F1 with Force India between 2010 and 2013 before returning to DTM, but made a surprise return at this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix with Williams when Massa was taken ill. Di Resta impressed on short notice, putting himself in contention for a full-time return to F1 in 2018.

Williams has one of the few remaining seats on offer in F1 for 2018, with Massa’s future known to be in question after a quiet campaign thus far.

The Brazilian had been due to retire from F1 at the end of last year, only for Williams to recall him after Valtteri Bottas’ late move up to Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s surprise retirement.

Massa has made clear he would like to keep racing in F1 next year, but only if the deal is right and if Williams is determined to keep him.

While Massa, Kubica and di Resta appear to be the three leading contenders for the seat, Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe made clear in Japan there was a “large range” of drivers under consideration.

“You’ve probably seen a number of names that are floating around that we’re looking at, but honestly, the range is almost unlimited,” Lowe said.

“We will consider all ideas. We’re not in a super hurry to do so, and we’ll just make sure we land the best line-up we can.”