11 May Richard Smith Collection to Cross the Block at Russo and Steele’s 5th Annual Newport Beach, California Auction Event!

For Immediate Release

Scottsdale, Arizona (May 11, 2017) – For Enthusiasts – By Enthusiasts.™  Much more than a tagline, it’s our lifestyle. One that infuses all aspects of our auction events. Fresh off a thrilling, action packed and highly memorable Scottsdale auction event, Russo and Steele looks to move our 17th season of cars and camaraderie into overdrive and keep the pedal to the metal towards the perfectly manicured beaches of one of the foremost lifestyle destinations on earth: Newport Beach, California!



“A Man is Judged By His Deeds Not by His Words”.  With his compassion, warmth and sense of humor, Mr. Richard “Dick” Smith exemplifies this famous proverb and Dick’s automobile collection certainly provide a glimpse into the passion that surrounds this wonderful man. Dick’s professional life started as a member of the U.S. Army as Second Lieutenant. What soon followed was a venture into an education at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science then an internship at Army Grave Registrations that would set the course for the rest of his career. Retiring as a Captain, Dick and his wife Donna started a successful funeral home and cemetery business.



Outside the workplace, Dick’s sense of civic duty did not stop with the Military. He is very active with various law enforcement groups including the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff and Santa Clara County Sheriff Advisory Board. In addition, Dick has been a member of Sunnyvale Rotary Club for 45 years and served as President for three different terms.



Since his retirement in 2008, Dick diverted a lion’s share or his passion towards Collectible Automobiles. His choice of vehicles reflects a fondness for American Classics but also taste and sense of humor. A true lover of classic corvettes, Dick’s collection includes a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe – 427ci/425hp, 4-speed transmission, leather seats, teakwood steering wheel, factory side pipes and only 73,700 miles. However, the diversity of Dick’s personality is also shown in the vehicles he chose to collect and as such features Fords, Chevrolets, Cadillacs and more, spanning a 40 year range.



Russo and Steele is proud to present, on offer in Newport Beach, California June 2-4 The Collection of Richard Smith. Experience the excitement of Russo and Steele for yourself! Bidder registration is just $200 and includes admission for all 3 days of “Auction in the Round” action for the bidder and one lucky guest. Stay tuned for further updates on our 5th annual Newport Beach auction and event schedule and join us for the ultimate California collector car beach party!


For Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts. ™   At Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions, it’s far more than a tagline – it’s our lifestyle! To obtain further supporting documentation, high-resolution images, or more information about the Russo and Steele and our upcoming Newport Beach, California auction, please contact Darin Roberge at darin@russoandsteele.com.




About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions

One of the nation’s premier collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions continues to set records and attract a discerning global clientele. In addition to our reputation for offering stellar collector automobiles, our unique high-energy auction experience is simply unattainable anywhere else. Auctions include our signature event in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, followed by June at Newport Beach, and August at Monterey, California. For additional information, please visit www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.


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Darin Roberge