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Craig Jackson Barrett-Jackson
When my father, Russ Jackson, and fellow car collector Tom Barrett produced their first auction over 40 years ago in Scottsdale, Ariz., the philosophy to benefit others was at the heart of the event. They chose to honor the Scottsdale Public Library with the proceeds, and this first collaboration instilled a responsibility within the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company to help worthy causes and people in need.
At this 6th annual Las Vegas auction, the tradition remains at the forefront with the Craig Jackson Foundation donating several thousand dollars to various local charities. I invite you to join us at the auction to show your support for those in need of our help.

This Las Vegas event will also mark an important change for the auction broadcasts. Starting on Thursday, September 26, there will be 22 hours of live coverage on three networks: FOX Sports 1 (formerly SPEED), FOX Sports 2 (formerly FUEL TV) and the National Geographic Channel. This groundbreaking change in coverage will bring the auction to nearly 100 million homes. I wholeheartedly applaud all of our new spectators plus the die-hard fans from our previous 17 years of coverage on SPEED.

As with every auction, the cars are at the center of the show. Take a cruise through the Baysides to preview a special selection of cars that will cross the auction block at our January 2014 Scottsdale event. This preview highlights the Salon cars, which are specifically chosen to make and break world records.

Of course, the Las Vegas docket certainly offers several cars that are expected to shake things up, including Lot #730, a 1966 Shelby GT350H Fastback. We are also introducing the Select Collection that showcases Lot #742, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing; Lot #739, a beautiful 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC; and more.

In our last five years in Las Vegas, we have witnessed a steady growth of collector car bidders, consignors and fans in this dazzling city. Our sixth year here promises to offer a continuation of the excitement that Barrett-Jackson is known for.

Join us — whether it be on the block, in the stands or in front of your television, I personally welcome you to The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM.

Snake & Mongoose Race To Scottsdale

By Bob Golfen
Barrett-Jackson Snake & Mongoose
Nitro-fueled funny car drag racers roared into the consciousness of mainstream America in the early 1970s when two of the sport’s biggest competitors, Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, squared off against each other in match races as the Snake vs. the Mongoose, respectively, in what’s considered the greatest rivalry in drag racing history and perhaps the most famous matchup in American motorsports.

Barrett-Jackson became a major part of the rich legacy of the Snake and the Mongoose for the next few months, both at the inaugural Hot August Night’s Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson this past August and at the 2014 Scottsdale auction in January.

Anyone with even the least interest in motorsports knows the story of the Snake and the Mongoose, a rivalry that was put over the top with the then-unique sponsorship of Mattel’s Hot Wheels. This was notably drag racing’s first major non-automotive corporate sponsor, and the beginning of the NHRA’s booming popularity with high-dollar teams and championships.
Snake & Mongoose selling at Barrett-Jackson
What also made the Mattel deal so very special was the miniature embodiment of the two Plymouth drag racers as Hot Wheels toys, complete with vivid cartoon depictions of a leaping mongoose fighting a cobra that’s ready to strike. Hot Wheels logos were emblazoned on the real-life drag racers, and the Hot Wheels toys flew off the shelves and into the hands of kids anxious to re-enact the thunderous drag races in their own living rooms.

The blister-packed toys remain collectors’ items today, especially for those Hot Wheels kids who grew into nostalgic adults.

Barrett-Jackson’s role in the drag racing legend began at Hot August Nights, which featured the initial public screening of a Hollywood film called “Snake and Mongoose” that focuses on the friendly rivals and the historic period in drag racing. The film stars Jesse Williams as Prudhomme and Richard Blake as McEwen. The red carpet premier on Aug. 9 of the new racing movie during the Reno/Sparks Tahoe, Nev., car-cruising festival predated its official opening Sept. 6 at movie theaters nationwide.

Part of the celebration of the movie was the special appearance of the original pair of Snake and Mongoose transporter trucks, complete with race cars on board, all lavishly restored by Prudhomme (pronounced: pru-DOME) in his private shop. On the back of the Snake “ramp truck” is one of the original Plymouth Barracuda funny cars raced by Prudhomme during his Hot Wheels days. The Mongoose truck also carries a race car, this one a replica of the Plymouth Duster that was campaigned against the Snake by McEwen.

But that’s not all. The showing of the Snake and Mongoose transporters and race cars was part of the run-up to the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, where both will be offered for sale.

“Obviously it’s an honor and privilege for Barrett-Jackson to have such an historical offering,” said Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis. “But also for me, personally, from being a Hot Wheels kid from that era and collecting the Hot Wheels cars. For me, this is kind of an iconic cultural cornerstone.

“Last year, we had the Batmobile, and everybody related to that on a certain level. In many ways, the Snake and Mongoose, while not TV cars, have the same sort of aura, that same sense of history and excitement.”

The Snake and Mongoose transporters and cars are being offered by Prudhomme, who said they are just as they were when he and McEwen would arrive at drag strips around the country during the 1970-72 heydays of the Hot Wheels competitions, as well as the scores of appearances the pair made at toy stores, shows and other locations. The race cars are cool, he said, but it’s the specially designed and extravagantly painted transporters that make the package special.

SNAKE Prudhomme

“That’s really the big deal, the transporters,” Prudhomme said from his Vista, Calif., restoration shop and museum. “They are the original transporters. The red one is the one the Mongoose had; the yellow one is the one I had. I completely restored them.

“I think they’re the coolest trucks and haulers of all time. I thought so then and I still think so.”

Prudhomme said he is a major collector of historic race cars and no stranger to Barrett-Jackson auctions. Among his many appearances, in 2009 he joined Carroll Shelby on the auction block in Las Vegas to help sell the 2007 concept Prudhomme Edition Shelby GT500 Super Snake, an 800-horsepower Supercar that hammered sold for $275,000, plus buyer’s premium.

MONGOOSE

The Dodge D700 transporters are essentially identical, aside from the competing Snake/Mongoose paint jobs that replicate how they looked back then. Prudhomme said that he bought his used truck in 1969 after it was traded in by Richard Petty’s NASCAR team, and had it rebuilt for his drag racing team’s needs. McEwen followed suit and bought his truck from the Sox & Martin drag racing team, and he rebuilt it to match Prudhomme’s. They both sold them shortly after the Hot Wheels racing ended.

“In the days when this was built, that’s what we had; they were all called ramp trucks,” Prudhomme recalled. “NASCAR guys had ramp trucks – drag racing guys, they all had these. They didn’t have tractor trailers like you have today. This was top of the line.

“The biggest response was when we would pull into the pits, and everybody would say, ‘Here comes the Snake and the Mongoose.’ They would cause quite a scene. And they still do.”

Snake PrudhommePrudhomme, who got his Snake nickname due to his lightning-fast shifting reflexes during drag races, said that a few years ago he hatched the idea of finding his old Snake ramp truck to go with his restored original funny car, one of two that he raced during that era. He tracked down the truck – still owned by the guy who bought it from him in 1973 – in nearby San Fernando Valley, “which was good because it wasn’t back East sitting outside, rusting away.”

But it was in rough condition, sinking into the earth and last registered in 1992. It took all of two years of steady work by three restorers to get the Snake truck back as it was, he said. After it was done, he brought the transporter to the SEMA show with the race car on its back, and the overwhelming reaction convinced him that he needed to find the Mongoose truck as well. That proved a bit more difficult.

“I heard all kinds of stories; I searched all over the country,” he said. “One guy told me for a fact that it was down on the border in Mexico being used to haul old cars over the border, stuff like that. We just looked everywhere.”

He was nearly ready to give up, Prudhomme said, when a guy came up to him at the LA Roadster Show in Pomona where the Snake truck was on display and said, “I used to have a truck just like that.” That and a few other bits of information provided valuable clues.

“So that started an adventure,” he said. “We found it out in Riverside behind a house in a field, weeds growing knee deep, just sitting there, wasting away. We hauled it out of there and restored it. What you see is what we did.”

Both of the ramp trucks were faithfully restored and are fully drivable, and they will create a scene anywhere they go, Prudhomme promised.

“When they show up at a show, it’s not just a car, it’s everything. They’re beautiful,” he said.

“That’s what I like about it, you can drive it someplace, you can use it. I’ve driven them both over the hill to Bakersfield.”

Mongoose McEwenThe restored Barracuda Snake funny car, which is the only survivor from the 1970-72 Hot Wheels match racing days, is also completely drivable and ready for the track, Prudhomme said. It’s powered by a 446cid V8 with an original 671 supercharger, and it runs on 85-percent nitromethane. It’s hooked up with a B&M TorqueFlite transmission and DANA 60 3.90 rear, with Hurst Airheart brakes. The wheels are Crager in the front and Halibrand in the rear.

The Duster Mongoose funny car was built only for display to mark the 35th anniversary of Snake vs. Mongoose. While it’s not a running race car, it looks plenty authentic on the back of the ramp truck.

Both the trucks are ready to roll with Dodge Industrial 413cid V8 engines that produce 385 horsepower, a DANA 10-speed transmission and 2-speed rear axle. Each truck is outfitted with a sleeper cab, roof-mounted air conditioner and storage compartments designed to hold tools and spare parts. And, of course, they include the evocative Snake and Mongoose cars on their ramps.

The backdrop to all of Prudhomme’s search and restoration activity was the Snake and Mongoose movie that was about to go into production.Jesse Williams

“When they started talking about the movie was about the time I found the (Mongoose) truck,” Prudhomme said. “We kind of held up the movie a little bit until we had the trucks all done and everything. Both were used in the coming movie.”

The Snake and Mongoose transporters and race cars will be sold in Scottsdale as a single Lot, Prudhomme said. “Yeah, they have to go together. I’d hate to see them split up.”

Prudhomme, now 72, said he still shakes his head at all the fame and notoriety he gained because of the Snake and Mongoose promotions.

“I’ll tell you, I went on in my drag racing career and won four championships after that, set every national record there is, every hall of fame there is, everything until I retired about three years ago,” he said. “I had three race teams. I did this, I did that, the first guy to go 250 (miles per hour in the quarter mile).

Richard Blake

“But you know, what people remember me for are the Snake and the Mongoose Hot Wheels sets.

“Those three years when we were together, it was awfully cool.”

In Honor of Roger Frank

Roger Frank Barrett-JacksonBy Bob Golfen

The scene was a familiar one, the sale of a special collector car at Barrett-Jackson with all proceeds going to charity. Also familiar was the smiling face of Roger Frank, a longtime Barrett-Jackson regular who was on the podium at last year’s Las Vegas auction to help sell off his all original 1955 Chevrolet 210 to benefit the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund at TGen, in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson, and Festival of Hope in Scottsbluff, Nebr., Frank’s hometown.

But among those cheering the charity auction at Vegas, only a few knew just how special this sale really was. While raising funds for cancer research through the sale of his ’55 Chevy, Frank was also battling his own cancer demons. Yet there he was, grinning and having a great time as once again, he gave his all to help others.

Only after the sale of the car, when people from the audience stepped up to add more donations for the worthy cause, did Frank show his emotions, his eyes brimming with tears at the generosity of his fellow car enthusiasts.

“It was a profound moment on the auction block,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson, who was also on the podium during the sale. “It was a very touching moment.”

The Las Vegas auction turned out to be the last Barrett-Jackson event that Roger Frank would be able to attend. He died June 4, 2013, in Scottsbluff surrounded by the family who so often accompanied him to Barrett-Jackson events. He was just a few days shy of 67.

Frank, a longtime John Deere tractor dealer in Scottsbluff and a real estate broker, had been coming to Barrett-Jackson auctions with his younger son, Bryan, since 2006, when they arrived at the Scottsdale event as spectators, but then wound up buying a couple of cars, Bryan Frank said. They were hooked, and in 2007 they returned to take part in the action, selling and buying several cars during that auction. When the Las Vegas auction started up in 2008, they added that one to their Barrett-Jackson schedule; Roger Frank owned property and a second home in Vegas, so it became sort of their hometown auction.

Lot #2004 Las Vegas 2012“He always had a passion for cars,” Bryan Frank said. “It was kind of our time to get away from everything and spend time doing something we both enjoyed.”

They had attended some other collector car auctions in the Midwest but usually came away disappointed, he said. So Barrett-Jackson became the focus.

“We have a lot of respect for Barrett-Jackson. It was a more exciting experience, and we just felt that they treated their customers equal and fair, and that’s something we always tried to do in our business,” he said.

The Barrett-Jackson auctions became so important to them, he said, that he named two of his four sons in honor of it; one is named Barrett and the other, Jackson.

Roger Frank became a favorite member of the Barrett-Jackson family, Davis said, along with his own family who usually accompanied him to the auctions.

“This was a family-oriented group, just a delightful group of people,” he said. “He would always bring great cars and make an absolute adventure out of it. He always had a smile on his face.”
Jackson & Barrett Frank
Roger Frank developed a wide circle of Barrett-Jackson friends and acquaintances, Davis added. “Roger was just one of those guys; if you met him, you liked him. Just a really super guy who loved cars and loved Barrett-Jackson. He became part of the Barrett-Jackson extended family and part of our community.”

The charity sale of the ’55 Chevy was typical for Roger Frank, who was always ready to share what he had with others who were less fortunate. “Roger was a very philanthropic guy. He was a very giving guy. His business success was something he shared with lots and lots of people.

“Even when Roger was fighting cancer — and the last Barrett-Jackson auction he attended was in Vegas — he was there to sell a car for charity. And that really, really gives you a sense of who he was and why he was such a great guy,” Davis said.

The first Barrett-Jackson auction that Bryan Frank attended without his dad was the inaugural Reno Tahoe event in August, accompanied by his mother and his wife and four sons. They soon found out how much Roger Frank was loved and missed.

“It was very overwhelming the number of people who came up and said stuff to us,” he said. “We were very glad we went, but it was tough at times. But it was still enjoyable.”

Bryan Frank said that he would continue enjoying the old-car culture and taking part in Barrett-Jackson auctions, partially because it was something that his dad expressly said that he wanted him to do.

“I got to spend quite a few private hours with him at the hospital,” he said. “One of his wishes was for me to carry on and keep doing Barrett-Jackson. He said, ‘I know that’s something you’ll enjoy and keep going forward.’ I decided I’d better carry on with his wishes.”

He will be at Las Vegas again this year with his family, Bryan Frank said, with cars to sell and maybe some to buy.

Barrett-Jackson salutes our Military & Their Families

By Larry Edsall
Barrett-Jackson Lot #3000
Thursday Lot #3000 -
Crossing the block at approximately 2:00 p.m.
2012 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY
GT500 “SUPER SNAKE” 2 DOOR COUPE

Among the cars scheduled to roll across the block at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas is a red-white-and-blue bedecked 2012 Ford Mustang GT500 Shelby “Super Snake.” The car comes with some mileage on its odometer as well as the signatures of hundreds of people who support its mission — and also with the hopes of the dozens more who will benefit from that mission — the Wounded Warriors Family Support charity.
Barrett-Jackson Charity
This car’s specific mission was to complete the third annual High Five Tour, a cross-country drive to raise awareness and money for American military personnel wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan and for their families, and then to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson to raise yet more money for the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization.

The hope for the auction here is to duplicate — or even exceed — the success of this car’s predecessor, the 2011 Mustang that did the High Five Tour in 2011. That car generated a million dollars for Wounded Warriors Family Support at the Barrett-Jackson auction last year at Palm Beach, Fla., where it was sold and then re-donated so it could be sold a second time, in effect doubling the money raised for the family support effort.

“I’m confident that with Steve Davis and Gary Bennett and Craig Jackson on the stage, and with the positive influence and the enthusiasm they have, we will replicate what happened last year,” said Col. John Folsom, USMCR (Retired), the founder of the Wounded Warriors Family Support effort.

“I have traveled the country on the 2012 High Five Tour with yet another “Super Snake” Mustang, a car to be auctioned at a Barrett-Jackson event next year and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I’ve heard from hundreds of people who tell me they saw our 2011 car sold at Palm Beach and were moved to tears, emotionally moved by the scene they saw.”Clay Walker Barrett-Jackson

That scene may well be eclipsed this year as Barrett-Jackson stages a special “Salute to the Military, inviting some 75 active-duty personnel and their families from Nellis Air Force Base plus the special appearance by country music star Clay Walker and the sale of the Wounded Warriors Family Support Mustang.

It is not at all unusual for Barrett-Jackson to sell vehicles that benefit charities that support military personnel, veterans and their families. For example, the 1993 Hummer H1 “CNN Warrior One” brought in a million dollars at Scottsdale in 2007. So did a customized 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 at Scottsdale in 2012. As a matter of fact, the same car had been sold to benefit a military charity a year earlier at the Las Vegas auction and raised $700,000 at that time. And earlier this year, at Palm Beach, President George W. Bush’s Ford F-150 King Ranch pickup truck generated $350,000 for the National Guard Youth Foundation. To date, Barrett-Jackson has shown its support by raising more than $7.5 million for service members and their families from the sales of nearly three dozen vehicles.Barrett-Jackson 1964 Fairlane CNN Warrior One

But with visitors from the nearby air base and the special musical presentation by Walker, who will sing “All America” from his “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” album, the military salute at Las Vegas figures to be extraordinary as it sets the stage for the sale of the High Five Tour Mustang.

Money generated by the sale of the 2011 High Five Tour Mustang was used:

-— To help build three “smart” homes — one for an Army staff sergeant who lost both arms and both legs in Afghanistan; one for a Marine sergeant who suffered a traumatic brain injury, burns over 90 percent of his body and lost both legs and an arm, also in Afghanistan; another for a Marine corporal paralyzed by a sniper in Afghanistan;

-— To launch the Wounded Warriors Family Support’s new Caregiver Respite Program to give support and assistance to caregivers of combat-wounded veterans.

Col. Folsom said for the most part “these soldiers are young men. They get married and they’re married to women who are young as well and who now in some cases are faced with a lifetime of giving care. She’s a young woman in her ‘20s, and she’s affected emotionally and spiritually because the big, strapping young man she married is no longer in that condition and she must care for him. And it can be 24 hours, 7 days a week she has to be there. She has been thrown into an emotional tailspin, and someone needs to look after her.”

Col. Folsom said the VA (Veterans Administration) is doing a pretty good job at helping care for the caregivers. “But the VA can’t do everything,” he said, citing just one example from the more than 200 families helped so far:

“We had a situation in which a woman who was her husband’s primary caregiver was pregnant with another child and she had to go to the hospital,” he said, explaining that her absence would leave not only her husband but also their other two children without someone to look after them.

“We stepped in,” Col. Folsom said. “We can react very quickly.”
2012 High Five Tour Car
Col. Folsom said all proceeds from the sale of the 2012 High Five Tour Mustang are earmarked for the respite care program.

And to make sure those proceeds are as generous as possible, John Luft, president of Las Vegas-based Shelby American, made sure this 2012 Mustang GT500 would be a very special one, Col. Folsom said. When the car was built — and knowing it eventually would cross the block at Barrett-Jackson — Luft donated and had his staff install a complete Super Snake highest-performance package on the 2012 High Five Tour car.

Not only did that addition make the car more fun to drive as it toured the country, but it also makes it even more desirable when it comes time for Barrett-Jackson and its generous bidders to create yet another memorable moment when the car crosses the block.

“What Barrett-Jackson does for us is a contribution that is difficult to measure directly,” the colonel said. “They are first class. To be associated with Barrett-Jackson is a wonderful thing.”

Clay Walker Call Out

At the starting line with Fox Sports and National Geographic

By Bob Golfen

Barrett-Jackson NatGeo FS1 FS2Starting with its sixth annual Las Vegas event, Barrett-Jackson begins a new chapter in its history as the pioneer of live television coverage of collector car auctions. The SPEED network was re-branded as FOX Sports 1 in August in the United States, and Barrett-Jackson’s auction coverage will now be carried on several platforms within the FOX family of networks. For viewers in Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean,  the SPEED brand remains, and the new FOX Sports coverage of Barrett-Jackson will be broadcast on the network as usual.

Barrett-Jackson’s coverage will now be available in nearly 100 million homes, and the relationship with FOX continues to evolve with the goal of bringing additional FOX networks into play in 2014. This creates the opportunity for Barrett-Jackson to reach a new audience and bring even more people into the car collecting hobby.

In addition to coverage on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 (formerly FUEL TV), the acclaimed National Geographic Channel will air eight hours of live Saturday coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction. The mission of National Geographic Channel is to explore the most intriguing aspects of our world — and there couldn’t be a better opportunity to introduce their audience to the collector car world than a Saturday night at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas.

“Television viewers will now be able to find us on several of the networks within the FOX family,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “As much as we enjoyed our long history of providing auction programming exclusively on SPEED, we are incredibly excited about this evolution in our relationship with FOX. With this groundbreaking mix of coverage on networks programmed to reach different demographics, Barrett-Jackson programs will be seen in more homes than ever before.”

Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Reno Tahoe auction in August marked SPEED’s final bow for its auction coverage after 17 years, although the same exceptional team of TV professionals will continue to broadcast live on the other FOX networks. Viewers will still see the familiar faces from SPEED on the auction podium and surrounding venue, with many of the same popular features also continuing, such as Fantasy Bidding.

“The heart of SPEED will still survive on FOX Sports 1,” Jackson said. “There is a talented team of professionals behind the scenes who have worked with us for many years. It was very important to us that this continuity be in place for future Barrett-Jackson auction coverage.”

FOX will provide an unprecedented 22 hours of live coverage for the three-day Las Vegas auction. A total of more than 100 hours of live broadcasts are scheduled for Barrett-Jackson’s four auctions in 2014: Scottsdale, Ariz.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Reno Tahoe, Nev.; and next fall again in Las Vegas.

“I see a great advantage in moving to this new, larger platform; it’s a broader market we’re going after now,” Jackson said. “To have a Major League Baseball game or a (NASCAR) Cup race that leads into and out of a Barrett-Jackson broadcast could bring many more viewers to us than I could have ever dreamed of coming to us strictly through SPEED.”
Craig Jackson & Mike Joy
Jackson also noted that having multiple networks available means that more auction action can be delivered live to viewers, replacing some of the tape-delayed coverage offered by SPEED in the past. “This means viewers can enjoy more uninterrupted live coverage now with a simple change of the channel.

“When FOX Sports 1 launched on August 17, it became available in 90 million homes. National Geographic Channel is available in 85 million homes,” he added. “These numbers represent a greater reach and a wider range of demographics than for any other collector car auction programming in history. The addition of National Geographic is particularly exciting. Additional viewers will be reached through international distribution of the auctions.”

Jackson said that the evolution of the relationship between Barrett-Jackson and FOX Entertainment Group will continue to take shape as company leaders prepare for the 2014 auction season.

“All in all, having a much larger on-air footprint will open car collecting to even more people,” Jackson said. “Stay tuned for an exciting future of groundbreaking firsts with FOX.”

To find channel locations with your specific television service provider visit: Barrett-Jackson.com/television-coverage

Barrett-Jackson Bidders Just Keep On Giving

Barrett-Jackson Charity SealBarrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, is renowned for its non-stop action and showcasing some of the most rare vehicles to cross an auction block. The legendary auction company supports a variety of charities and has raised more than $55.9 million to date. Barrett-Jackson has become a leading force in its charitable efforts across the nation with no plans on hitting the brakes. After raising more than $5 million at the Scottsdale auction in January, $1.8 million at the Palm Beach auction in April and $620,000 at the most recent Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson, the upcoming Las Vegas auction is certain to add to the millions raised for charity.

As charity vehicles cross the block, the enthusiasm from bidders, consignors, celebrities and fans create a heightened level of excitement. Barrett-Jackson waives all fees on charity vehicles and 100% of the proceeds benefit a variety of foundations that include children, the military, medical research and many other important causes.

Starting out the 2013 auction season, Scottsdale’s event featured 21 unique charity vehicles that helped surpass Barrett-Jackson’s $50 million charitable goal. The highlights included the sales of the first production Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which benefitted Detroit-based College for Creative Studies and marked Barrett-Jackson’s fifth million-dollar car. Another prominent sale was the 1969 Ford Bronco Custom SUV benefitting the Armed Forces Foundation. Auction excitement carried on across the nation to Palm Beach where six charitable vehicles sold, including the 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch Super Crew Pickup once owned by President George W. Bush. Proceeds from the sale benefited the National Guard Youth Foundation, raising all charity contributions to more than $55.3 million by April of 2013.

Continuing Barrett-Jackson’s philanthropic efforts, two charitable vehicles were sold at the Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson. The SAE Foundation will gain assistance from the $120,000 sale of a 2014 Cadillac CTS V-Sport 4 door sedan. Also the last retail 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible sold for $500,000 to support the Brain Injury Association of America.

On the auction podium to help stoke interest in the sale of the 2014 Ford Shelby was none other than the great Parnelli Jones, winner of the 1963 Indy 500 and a strong advocate for the Brain Injury Association of America. Jones, who was celebrating his 80th birthday, was accompanied on the podium by his son, Page Jones, a rising star in racing until a crash during a sprint car race resulted in a life-altering brain injury.

“It’s my 80th birthday, and I can’t imagine a better present,” Parnelli Jones said. “We worked hard to help Page recover from his injury, but we couldn’t have done it alone. We received help from the BIAA, and this funding will aid so many others who have suffered from similar injuries.”

Barrett-Jackson’s 6th Annual Las Vegas auction will be packed with charitable opportunities. The 2012 star-studded September Las Vegas event raised more than $540,000 for local and national charitable organizations. The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™ is looking forward to experiencing another successful event in Las Vegas, where the auction company plans to raise the bar in contributing to nonprofit organizations.

Here’s a look at what’s scheduled to cross the block for charity at Las Vegas:

 

3000_Front_3-4Lot #3000 – 2012 SHELBY GT500 “SUPER SNAKE” 2 DOOR COUPE

White 2012 Shelby GT500 SVT 2013 Super Snake upgrade by Shelby American. Vinyl wrapped in red, white and blue. All proceeds to benefit Wounded Warriors Family Support. Will be sold at approximately 2:00pm on Thursday, September 26, 2013. NO RESERVE.

 


3001_Front_3-4Lot #3001 – 1957 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2 DOOR COUPE

Rare 1957 Continental Mark II, pristine restoration, tan exterior, contrasting beige interior, power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. All proceeds to benefit LLUCH. Will be sold at approximately 5:00pm on Thursday, September 26, 2013. NO RESERVE.

 

 

2008 Ford Mustang Saleen Dan Gurney Signature EditionLot #3002 – 2008 FORD MUSTANG SALEEN FASTBACK

Dan Gurney Signature Edition, #44 of 82 with rare Vista Blue exterior, white graphics and Dan Gurney’s signature. All proceeds to benefit The Austin Hatcher Foundation. Will be sold at approximately 5:00pm on Friday, September 27, 2013. NO RESERVE.

 

 

3003_Front_3-4Lot #3003 – 2012 DODGE  NASCAR RACE CAR

#2 Miller Lite Penske Racing Dodge driven to victory at Talladega Superspeedway by Brad Keselowski in May, 2012. Not Street legal, sold on Bill of Sale only. All proceeds to benefit The NASCAR Foundation. Will be sold at approx. 6:00pm on Friday, September 27, 2013. NO RESERVE.

 

 

3004_Front_3-4Lot #3004 – 2014 FORD MUSTANG COBRA JET PROTOTYPE

This prototype has a unique serial number of #2014 BJMS CJXX1. Not street legal, sold on Bill of Sale only. All proceeds to benefit The Multiple Sclerosis Society. Will be sold at approximately 5:00pm on Saturday, September 28, 2013. NO RESERVE.