Barrett-Jackson Lifts Charity Sales

(This story was originally written by Jonathan Sierakowski for the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction catalog.)

For years, Barrett-Jackson has used its highly successful auction company to raise money for worthwhile charities around the globe. The organizations benefitting from an influx of needed funds touch people from every walk of life.

In the past five years, the legendary auction house has raised nearly $40 million for charity, with more than $15 million of that being raised since January 2010. The Las Vegas auction will be the capstone of Barrett-Jackson’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, and one of its biggest years of raising funds for charities.

Barrett-Jackson donates the valuable block time to the various charities, waiving auction fees and giving 100 percent of the proceeds to the worthy causes.

The rights to a specially built 2012 Camaro ZL1 with a 550-horsepower supercharged V8 will be sold to benefit the YMCA of Southern Nevada. (Photo: Chevrolet)

When the 2011 automotive calendar kicked off in Scottsdale in January, $4 million was raised for 19 local and national charitable causes. Among the offerings were a 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible pace car. The BOSS was provided by the Ford Motor Company and hammered at $450,000 to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The pace car donated by General Motors raised $225,000 for the David Foster Foundation, which provides assistance to Canadian families in need of organ transplants.

One of the more emotional moments came when the highly customized WD-40/SEMA Cares 2011 Mustang GT coupe arrived on the block to benefit Childhelp and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Bidding quickly reached $100,000 when “Home Improvement” star Tim Allen stepped up, donating $10,000 of his own money toward the sale, and set off a flood of matched donations from members of the audience.

When the frenzy was over several minutes later and auctioneer Spanky Assiter tallied the final count, more than $200,000 had been raised.

In West Palm Beach, more than $500,000 was generated for various local and national charities, including the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, the Rose Foundation of Haiti and the Children’s Home Society Faine House. The top charitable proceeds went to the Boy Scouts of America with the sale of a 1953 Chevrolet custom pickup truck for $72,000.

The Barrett-Jackson Orange County auction raised more than $850,000. The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer benefitted as well as Cell Phones for Soldiers, the Center for Living Peace and the Tony Hawk Foundation.

The sale of a custom 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda custom two-door hardtop, known as the 'Barrett-Cuda,' will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for victims of paralysis. (Illustration: Barrett-Jackson)

Now the rally for charitable causes is advancing to the high stakes world of Las Vegas with another round of cars being auctioned off to benefit some very worthy causes.

Lot #674.3 is a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 powered by the LSA Supercharged 6.2-Liter V8 engine producing an estimated 550 horsepower. The Camaro is offered by Fairway Chevrolet of Las Vegas, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit the YMCA of Southern Nevada, an organization committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility in Southern Nevada.

Displayed at Barrett-Jackson in its pre-production form, the 69th production 2012 Camaro ZL1 will go to the winning bidder, who will be able to select any available options from a long list. This will be the only production vehicle in the Carbon Flash Metallic color.

Lot #370.1 is a 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda custom two door hardtop, AKA the “Barrett-Cuda.” This one-of-a-kind vehicle was built by longtime Darrell Gwynn Foundation supporters Mike Langston and Dick Koch of Pure Power Motorsports and donated for auction at Las Vegas to commemorate Barrett-Jackson’s 40th anniversary.

The car is a one-of-one special edition, Grand Touring model with a new Hemi engine, widened rear quarters and painted in Barrett-Jackson’s colors. The body shell was donated by Scott Milestone, and the 572 Hemi V8 was built by Stanton, discounted by Mopar and donated by Tom and Cindy Wright.

Other donated items in this ‘Cuda include the Year One supplied interior, Panoz Automotive Development power bucket seats, air conditioning by Vintage Air, body wrap by Pure Power Motorsports and Sherwin-Williams Paint by Scott Taylor at Bizarre Customs.

Another featured charity car is a 2006 Shelby Cobra roadster by Factory Five, Lot # 6300. This Cobra re-creation is a beautiful example in Vista Blue and is powered by a small block Ford V8 with a five-speed transmission. Spearheaded by actor Josh Duhamel, the sale of this Factory Five Cobra will directly aid recovery efforts and victims of the flooding that devastated Minot, N.D., and surrounding communities. Duhamel and wife Fergie — one of the recording artists of the six-time Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum group The Black Eyed Peas — will be on the auction block for the sale of the roadster, which is signed by Duhamel and The Black Eyed Peas. 

This 2006 Volkswagen Jetta WCTC TDI race car will be sold for the fourth time at Barrett-Jackson to raise money for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Proceeds from the sale will go directly to the Minot Area Community Foundation Recovery Fund, which will play an active role in flood relief by supporting recovery and restoration throughout the greater Minot area, which experienced record-breaking flooding from the swollen Souris River in mid-2011.

Lot #46 is a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta WCTC TDI racer built and campaigned by Chili Pepper Racing in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series. The racing team has been active since 2002, raising money and awareness for families affected by pediatric cancer.

During the construction of this car, Austin “Hatch” Hatcher was born to Jim and Amy Jo Osborn, team principals of Chili Pepper Racing. At eight weeks old, Hatch was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer and passed away a week later. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, whose mission is to empower families affected by pediatric cancer.

This will be the fourth time the Jetta is being sold at Barrett-Jackson to benefit the foundation; each winner at earlier auctions donated it back to be auctioned again.

The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation will benefit from the sale of a custom 1948 Lincoln Continental convertible. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Lot #335.2 is a 1948 Lincoln Continental custom convertible being sold to benefit the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation. This Lincoln is powered by a 502cid fuel-injected Chevrolet engine with a four-speed automatic transmission. Finished in Ford Mocha paint with a blue convertible power top and dark blue leather interior, this car features six-way power seats, chrome goodies under the hood and a Griffin custom aluminum radiator.

Those who are able to share some of their good fortune couldn’t choose a better place to do it than Barrett-Jackson, its strong culture of giving fueled by its generous clientele. During the sale of a charity vehicle, the crowd’s exhilaration and emotions rise in the energized atmosphere in the auction arena where individuals from a wide variety of charities and causes benefit from the generosity of Barrett-Jackson and its big-hearted patrons.





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