Up for Auction: All of Level 5 Motorsports’s Hardware

The sheer size of the former Level 5 Motorsports Collection set for Auburn Spring is incredible, currently occupying a full 20,000 square feet in storage space as it awaits next month’s sale (photo by Darin Schnabel © 2017 courtesy Auctions America)
The star attraction of the former Level 5 Motorsports Collection set for Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale, the 2012 Ferrari 458 GTD (photo by Darin Schnabel © 2017 courtesy Auctions America)
One of two 2012 HPD ARX-03s from the collection set for next month’s Auburn Spring sale (photo by Darin Schnabel © 2017 courtesy Auctions America)

At one point in time, just a few years ago, Level 5 Motorsports ran one of the top teams in racing. Now we know how team boss Scott Tucker allegedly paid for it—by running a pay day loan scam with his brother.

Allegedly, of course, Scott Tucker used those ill-gotten gains to form a no-expenses-spared pro racing team. Then his past finally caught up with him. The assets of the once heavy-hitting race team were seized, and now they are being liquidated.

And this is where Auctions America comes in. They just announced when Level 5 Motorsports’s assets will be sold to the highest bidder. The auction will take place May 11-13 at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana. The collection comprises 350 total lots, including 11 race cars along with numerous spares, assorted equipment and tooling. All lots will be offered without reserve.

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John Welsh
John Welsh MegaDork
4/13/17 11:23 a.m.

I was curious what was actually being auctioned so here is a link.

Aside from cars, tons of Ferrari and Porsche wheels. Some very nice tool boxes, pit carts and road boxes. Even pit bike scooters.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/13/17 11:47 a.m.

I need to stop looking at all the auction lots. Too many bad ideas that would get me scolded by SWMBO.

WilD
WilD HalfDork
4/13/17 11:52 a.m.
2011 Lola B1183 IMSA Racecar Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000

Even with no engine, it seems like an interesting thing to have around for not a ton of money if that estimate is accurate.

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit UberDork
4/13/17 12:01 p.m.

In reply to WilD:

And it raced at Le Mans.

RossD
RossD UltimaDork
4/13/17 12:06 p.m.

In reply to WilD:

Gofundme and everyone that chips in a $100 gets a turn on the autox coarse at the challenge?

What engine bolts in? lol

xflowgolf
xflowgolf Dork
4/13/17 12:16 p.m.

the money initially thrown at that operation based on the leftovers is staggering.

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury MegaDork
4/13/17 12:18 p.m.
Ed Higginbotham wrote: I need to stop looking at all the auction lots. Too many bad ideas that would get me scolded by SWMBO.

indeed - I spied a lot of sexy wheels. My next google searches involved custom Ferrari to Cruze adapters lol.

Then, I see a lot full of turbos, and several lots with various coilovers.

I need to walk away...

keep telling yourself the turbos are too big, and coilovers probably dont fit...just keep walking...just keep walking...

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury MegaDork
4/13/17 12:20 p.m.

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
4/13/17 12:21 p.m.

MAN there's some cool stuff in there.

Anyone want to start up a shock revalving operation?

Dyno

Beyond the obvious eye candy, there are lots of tools and stuff that they're expecting to go cheap.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
4/13/17 12:27 p.m.

I wonder who will get their hands on Hurricane?

Road and Track says, "The scandal-laden Level 5 team spent untold millions on racing programs that stretched from the heights of pro racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans to grassroots endeavors in the SCCA's club racing national championships. Level 5's largesse was legendary, but the sheer insanity of the team's spending habits were--like the team's funding sources--beyond shadowy."

If you've listened to the Level 5 special of the Dinner with Racers podcast you'll know that everything Level 5 did was no-expenses-spared and their cars exploited every gap in the rules. Whomever gets their hands on these cars is buying a fully developed, fully tested, racing platform for pennies on the dollar. Makes me wish I had the means to bid!

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury MegaDork
4/13/17 12:38 p.m.

Honda Crate engine for 1-2 bills?

Warning:CHALLENGE FODDER AHEAD

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
4/13/17 12:40 p.m.
4cylndrfury wrote: Honda Crate engine for 1-2 bills? Warning:CHALLENGE FODDER AHEAD

I got excited about that too, but I think it might be actually just the crate. There are some serious tires that might be useful though, if you could figure out what sizes they are.

RossD
RossD UltimaDork
4/13/17 1:00 p.m.

What are theses? LSx?

captdownshift
captdownshift PowerDork
4/13/17 1:16 p.m.

In reply to RossD:

Let's plan ahead and get this going for the Meathead Racing auction that will be forthcoming.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/13/17 1:16 p.m.

The start of a way-too-awesome sim rig?

mndsm
mndsm MegaDork
4/13/17 1:24 p.m.
Ed Higginbotham wrote: The start of a way-too-awesome sim rig?

And i know disney will be liquidating quest pretty soon, so theres lots of Sim level hydraulics and things....

Tyler H
Tyler H UltraDork
4/13/17 1:41 p.m.

If you're planning on selling any motorsports crap, now is the time to do it. This is an inventory injection large enough to disrupt the market.

APEowner
APEowner Reader
4/13/17 1:44 p.m.

Hmm. So, if I run a payday loan scam I can fund a better race team? Oh, wait. That's probably not the right take home message, is it?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/13/17 1:54 p.m.
APEowner wrote: Hmm. So, if I run a payday loan scam I can fund a better race team? Oh, wait. That's probably not the right take home message, is it?

Well, this isn't the first time that an alleged criminal enterprise has funded racing.

STM317
STM317 Dork
4/13/17 2:01 p.m.

Spool valve shocks!

The0retical
The0retical SuperDork
4/13/17 2:14 p.m.

The real question is: Can I buy the famed D Sports car?

That Dinner with Racers story was so damn funny.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/13/17 3:34 p.m.

I am eyeing the thousand-horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo.

jimbbski
jimbbski Dork
4/13/17 3:49 p.m.

My friend worked for these guys for like 3-4 years. He went back to work for Riley & Scott when they shut down, where he was before. He probably knows what a lot of this stuff is, or at least the back story on it.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/13/17 3:56 p.m.
David S. Wallens wrote: I am eyeing the thousand-horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo.

That thing is wild.

Tyler H
Tyler H UltraDork
4/13/17 3:59 p.m.

I would love a pallet jack and 5 minutes to do a supermarket sweep of that place.

mazdeuce
mazdeuce UltimaDork
4/13/17 4:38 p.m.
The0retical wrote: The real question is: Can I buy the famed D Sports car? That Dinner with Racers story was so damn funny.

It was an amazing story. I think they said at the end that the car was sold to someone in Australia? The SCCA was never going to let it run again so they bowed our like the gentlemen that they were.

fasted58
fasted58 MegaDork
4/13/17 4:57 p.m.
mazdeuce wrote:
The0retical wrote: The real question is: Can I buy the famed D Sports car? That Dinner with Racers story was so damn funny.

It was an amazing story. I think they said at the end that the car was sold to someone in Australia? The SCCA was never going to let it run again so they bowed our like the gentlemen that they were.

I'd really like to follow that car. Doubtful we'll ever see anything comparable to that extent of R&D and build in club racing in the foreseeable future. That was a real piece of work.

The0retical
The0retical SuperDork
4/13/17 5:00 p.m.

Box of assorted turbochargers

All the bad ideas come to mind.

I'd love to have one of those C-Tek boxes with tools.

Robbie
Robbie UberDork
4/13/17 5:05 p.m.

I'm having trouble seeing where this stuff would need to be picked up and by when. Anyone have better luck finding that?

minivan_racer
minivan_racer UltraDork
4/13/17 9:13 p.m.

It might be worth 15 bucks just to go peruse the auction.

sirrichardpumpaloaf
sirrichardpumpaloaf HalfDork
4/13/17 11:10 p.m.

This would make a fun Midwest GRM meetup!!

Lots of amazing racing tech in that sale.

chandlerGTi
chandlerGTi UberDork
4/14/17 7:28 a.m.
Robbie wrote: I'm having trouble seeing where this stuff would need to be picked up and by when. Anyone have better luck finding that?

Auburn Indiana, I'm thinking I'll go watch the insanity. Pretty sure my wife would flip if I brought home one of those trailers (that's what caught my eye).

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
4/14/17 7:42 a.m.

I think I'm going to bid on this Ferrari racing seat. If I win, my Buick is getting the most pretentious front seat swap ever.

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury MegaDork
4/14/17 7:44 a.m.

Yeah Matt, I hear ya. Between the seats, jacks, wheels, turbos, tools, toolboxes...so much goodness!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/14/17 3:53 p.m.
minivan_racer wrote: It might be worth 15 bucks just to go peruse the auction.

In all seriousness, even if you're not totally intending to bid, just attending auctions is pretty cool. Have fun.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/14/17 3:57 p.m.

And on a related note, Mitchum Motorsports stuff is up for auction.

minivan_racer
minivan_racer UltraDork
4/19/17 7:54 p.m.
sirrichardpumpaloaf wrote: This would make a fun Midwest GRM meetup!! Lots of amazing racing tech in that sale.

I can help spearhead if you're serious.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/26/17 10:56 a.m.

So, are you guys going?

Robbie
Robbie UberDork
4/26/17 11:30 a.m.
chandlerGTi wrote:
Robbie wrote: I'm having trouble seeing where this stuff would need to be picked up and by when. Anyone have better luck finding that?

Auburn Indiana, I'm thinking I'll go watch the insanity. Pretty sure my wife would flip if I brought home one of those trailers (that's what caught my eye).

Oh god. that is way too close for comfort. What day is everyone planning to go?

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit PowerDork
4/26/17 11:55 a.m.

I would be down for going one day.

Devilsolsi
Devilsolsi Reader
4/26/17 12:38 p.m.

I hope the results get posted. Curious to see how far of the estimates are for some of the lots.

singleslammer
singleslammer PowerDork
4/26/17 1:08 p.m.

If this was a week later, I would totally be going but I can't get off work until the 15th.

FlightService
FlightService MegaDork
4/27/17 5:21 a.m.

Well I guess that answers the question of how do you run a successful race team.

You don't.

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed SuperDork
4/27/17 7:00 a.m.
FlightService wrote: Well I guess that answers the question of how do you run a successful race team. You don't.

Exactly. I have never understood this weird obsession with acquiring money at all cost. I wonder if Scott thinks it was worth it now? He has pretty much lost or will lose everything, lost his brother, disgrace and shame and very likely prison time. This weekend at the local autocross in my 8 year old Miata I will feel just as good as he did spending his millions. Are there any honest people left?

chandlerGTi
chandlerGTi PowerDork
4/27/17 9:58 a.m.
Rusted_Busted_Spit wrote: I would be down for going one day.

Crap, we have Mother's Day plans so I don't think I can sneak away.

mfennell
mfennell Reader
4/27/17 2:02 p.m.

IROC was based in Tinton Falls, NJ, near where I live. I went to the auction when they closed shop, thinking there would be crazy deals but it wasn't so. People showed up ready to spend money. Someone even spent real money for the paint booth (maybe $8k), which a regular auction-attendee told me almost never happens because you have to remove stuff that day. He said booths often go for scrap value.

They were auctioning off lots of tools outside. I had my eyes on an assortment of pliers but it was really cold so I stepped inside. When I glanced outside moments later they were off the shelf. Ooops! I jumped back out and quickly won ... a box of hammers. About 15 of them in 3 different sizes. My wife and friends still laugh about it.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve MegaDork
4/27/17 2:06 p.m.

I can't come up with money that fast, if only there was a place I could get a loan until payday...

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