I...noticed at least two cars I recognize from recent ebay auctions: the purple Triumph TR6, and the light blue Fiat 1500 Spider.
Do folks wring their cars out so much during these runs that they can't wait to unload them afterwards??
Could be. But there may some other factors:
1. Folks planning on moving on to another project or car seem to hang on to their Melee-eligible cars til after
each year's event. Probably a "one last fling" type of thing.
2. Some people may use the fact that the car finished ~800 miles of spirited driving over three days as a demonstration to potential buyers of the vehicle's basic soundness and reliability. Kind of a variation of the "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" sales strategy.
As we all know, there are a lot
of infrequently driven cars for sale that look cosmetically great, but which just don't go, stop, handle or hang together mechanically as well as they should. And not everybody
on the Melee thrashes their car during the event...
3. The Melee is just so much fun that I know of some people who have purchased eligible cars especially for the event, with no intention of hanging on to the vehicle afterwards.
Doesn't really matter, does it? It's the driving that's the thing.