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A LEGACY OF HELPING THOSE IN NEED: Palm Beach Auction Charity Car Sales Foster Hope in Florida

Written by Barbara Toombs

2005 Ford GT VIN 003 – Sold! $530,000 and benefited the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation.

When Barrett-Jackson brought The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions to the Sunshine State more than two decades ago, it was only natural that the company’s tradition of charitable giving came right along with it.

The first retail production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible – Sold! $1 million and benefited the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

While raising money for worthy causes in a variety of ways has been a pillar of Barrett-Jackson from the very beginning, it wasn’t until 2006 that the idea of selling vehicles to benefit charity became a reality, with Ford Motor Company bringing VIN 001 of the 2007 Shelby GT500 to the Scottsdale auction block. The entire $600,000 hammer price of that vehicle went to the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation, beginning Barrett-Jackson’s tradition of waiving all fees and commissions for charity cars. The winning bidder was Ron Pratte, a noted philanthropist, businessman and car collector based in Arizona. It was just the first of many examples of Pratte’s generosity that played a role in Barrett-Jackson’s charity car auctions over the years.

The new tradition of selling cars for a cause continued at the 2006 Palm Beach Auction, when Ford again stepped up for the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation by selling VIN 003 of a stunning Quicksilver 2005 Ford GT. The gavel dropped on a sale price of $530,000, with Ron Pratte coming through once more for the worthy cause.

The first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – Sold! $500,000 and benefited the AARP Drive to End Hunger.

To date, nearly 100 charity cars have made their way across the Palm Beach auction block, raising over $17.3 million for causes large and small, local and national. These vehicles with a higher purpose have included stunning VIN 001 offerings from America’s top automakers, dragsters and race cars, remarkable muscle cars from the 1960s, stunning exotic supercars and even a boat.

By far the cars that have packed the biggest punch for charity in Palm Beach have been those brought to Barrett-Jackson by General Motors. In the spotlight at the 2013 auction was the first retail production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible, which particularly caught the eye of NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. In an electrifying moment, the gavel came down on Hendrick’s winning bid of $1 million – the first million-dollar charity car sale in Florida – all of which went to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

History repeated itself the following year in Palm Beach, with Hendrick snagging the top bid of $1 million for the first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (also to benefit the Karmanos Institute). Fast-forward to the 2022 Palm Beach Auction, when Hendrick rang the bell once more with his $1 million winning bid on the first retail production mid-engine 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible. The incredibly generous motorsports icon did it again in 2023, when he bid $1.1 million to take home the first retail production 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray 3LZ, VIN 001.

The first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Corvettes reportedly occupy a special place in Hendrick’s heart, as his first date with his longtime spouse was in one. He later sold that Corvette to purchase his first dealership and kickstart his business empire. Not surprisingly, Hendrick has been inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame, and more than 100 Chevrolet Corvette models are among the many rare vehicles housed in a facility known as the Heritage Center, located next to his motorsports campus in North Carolina.

Another prominent Barrett-Jackson bidder to make his mark on charity sales in Palm Beach was the late David Flynn, a car lover who was the force behind the Flynn Automotive Group, which became one of the largest and most successful auto groups in northeastern Ohio. Between 2013 and 2016 at Barrett-Jackson’s Florida events, Flynn captured winning bids on nine different charity cars – most notably the first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, with his winning bid of $500,000 helping the AARP Drive to End Hunger.

John and Jeanette Staluppi.

Other familiar faces known for their willingness to help others through the purchase of numerous “cars for a cause” at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach events include John Staluppi – the Florida entrepreneur and philanthropist well known for his Cars of Dreams Museum – and Joe Riley, an Arizona-based car

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MansBrand Unveils New Automotive Racing Section to Enhance Platform for Motor Enthusiasts

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MansBrand has announced they’re expanding their platform to include a dedicated section on automotive racing. This new area complements their existing content in men’s fashion, health, outdoor adventures, and grooming. The expanded platform aims to offer more comprehensive information and resources for automotive enthusiasts alongside its current categories.

MansBrand is known for offering a wide range of services and products for men. They provide fashion advice and trends to help men stay stylish, health news that covers physical and mental well-being, guidance for outdoor activities, and information on motor vehicles. The new automotive racing section will feature various aspects of the sport, including expert advice, product reviews, and the latest racing news.

This automotive racing section will give readers detailed comparisons and reviews of cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. It will also include maintenance tips, safety advice, and recommendations on essential motor-related products and accessories. Readers can access comprehensive guides on the gear and equipment needed for both beginners and experienced racers.

Willis from MansBrand commented on the new addition: “Our new automotive racing section is a natural extension of what we already offer on the platform. We’ve observed that many of our users have a keen interest in motor vehicles and racing. By adding this section, we aim to meet the interests of our audience and provide them with valuable content and resources. We’re still focused on our core areas like fashion, health, and outdoor activities but now can offer more for those passionate about motorsports.”

MansBrand has always emphasized community interaction and engagement. The site features blogs where users can share experiences and tips on various topics, from fashion trends to essential grooming products. The new automotive racing section will follow the same approach, encouraging readers to discuss racing strategies, share personal experiences, and offer advice through blog posts and community forums.

The updated platform remains easy to navigate. It includes advanced search options and logically organized categories. Each product or piece of content comes with high-resolution images and detailed descriptions to help visitors make informed decisions about their style, health, outdoor activities, and now, automotive racing pursuits.

Adding automotive racing content doesn’t take away from MansBrand’s commitment to fashion. The site continues to offer a wide range of Mens Fashion items, including shirts, jeans, suits, jackets, and more. By keeping up with the latest trends, MansBrand ensures its users always have access to the best fashion advice. The platform regularly updates current trends and remains a go-to hub for all things related to men’s fashion.

In the health section, MansBrand provides information on various topics, including prostate health, heart disease, and mental well-being. It offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, provides resources for further research and treatment options, and promotes regular health check-ups and preventative care.

The outdoor and adventure category offers advice on hiking, camping, and other activities. It also includes product reviews and recommendations for outdoor gear and equipment, helping men enjoy their outdoor experiences to the fullest.

Willis further noted: “We’re excited about the positive feedback we’ve received from our users. They’ve found valuable insights and products across all sections of the site. The automotive racing section is something that many of our users were looking forward to, and it fits perfectly within our diverse range of offerings. We believe it will inspire more men to explore and engage with us.”

MansBrand is committed to continuous improvement and actively seeks and incorporates customer feedback. They aim to be a comprehensive hub for men looking to enhance various aspects of their lives, whether it’s through fashion, health advice, grooming tips, or now, automotive racing content.

By expanding their offerings, MansBrand hopes to encourage a proactive exchange of ideas and experiences. They aim to inspire men to embrace new fashion challenges, refine their style, and discover passions in automotive racing, outdoor adventure, and health-conscious living. The platform invites men from all walks of life to join its growing online community.

For a comprehensive experience, the Mens Fashion Website  also includes features that are easy to navigate. From advanced search capabilities to logically organized categories, every item is accompanied by high-resolution images and detailed descriptions.

For more details on the new automotive racing section and other categories, visit the official site.

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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