Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts

Monday, September 29, 2014

Charity auctions win, but Mopar Challenger wins over Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro (again, and for a while to come based on the HP of the Hellcat)

Each of the Detroit Big Three automakers donated a hot muscle car to be sold for charities of their respective choosing on Super Saturday at Barrett-Jackson.

the 1st Challenger Hellcat raised $825,000

the 50th anniversary Mustang, #1964 of 1,964 50th anniversary editions raised $170,000

The first to cross the block was a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, VIN No. 003. The jet black Z/28 raised $147,500

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In other news... the beer company that donates its profits to charity, and invented the Reverse Truck, is creating a dark extra stout

I've never bothered you with Kickstarter campaigns, there are so many, and it seems an odd way to raise money... but a company that gives all its profits to, and collects food for, soup kitchens - gets my respect and what free publicity I can put up for them in hopes that their business is a success, and that they may do lots of good, and inspire others, as I suspect Paul Newman inspired them, to donate profits to charity.

" in the process of creating our limited release Extra Stout for an October 1st release date. We’ve been working with Guinness-trained brewmaster Damian McConn, who is currently the head brewer at Summit Brewing Company in Saint Paul, MN. A fine Irish chap who knows his way around a proper Stout."

Because we give back to the community to help feed the hungry, creating new beers is a challenge. So we need help with the expenses of developing the taste profile, formulating the recipe, and obtaining the ingredients, as well as the costs of brewing, bottling and packaging Dead Irish Poet at the Summit Brewing Company.

FINNEGANS is the first beer in the world to donate 100 percent of their profits and with the help from craft brew enthusiasts the Dead Irish Poet can come to life.

Finnegans is the fifth largest beer brand in Minnesota, and it's available in more than 2,000 stores in the Upper Midwest. Its sales grow an average of 30% each year. But Finnegans is not your average craft beer brand. Every bit of profit raked in by the company goes back to the community--specifically, to purchasing produce from local farms and gardens and then giving that produce to local food banks and soup kitchens. In 2012 alone, Finnegans donated 110,189 pounds of fresh produce. This is a beer brand that doesn't just get people tipsy--it feeds the hungry.

FINNEGANS - Reverse Food Truck from FINNEGANS on Vimeo.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

the Bike Angel of Burbank, Elaine Pease

Elaine Pease, a Building Division inspector for the city of Burbank, started a small project in 2008 to restore used bicycles and answer the Christmas wishes of children in the San Fernando Valley.

Since then, the program has expanded under the direction of Pease to 50 “Bike Angel” volunteers restoring and refurbishing 200 bikes in 2012.

Pease said what makes the year-round effort so rewarding is the reaction she sees from struggling families who receive a bicycle through the program.

“I’ve seen war whoops of delight, I’ve seen tears of joy, I’ve seen parents who break into tears and hug me, and it’s things like that that make working with this program all year round absolutely more than worthwhile,” said Pease.

Pease first came up with the idea after seeing gift requests from children that were hanging from the Salvation Army’s “Angel Giving Tree” in the lobby of the city Administrative Services Building.

While Pease had never refurbished a bicycle before, she said the program immediately drew volunteers from the Burbank Police Officers Association, who provided bikes, tools, and money to purchase helmets and locks.

The program also received help from Burbank Fire Fighters Association 778, including donations for seats, tires, and grips.

“We’ll take a bike and we’ll clean it, we’ll assess it, we’ll change out any parts it needs, tubes, tires, seats, grips, whatever,” Pease said. “We’ll go through it completely and then we’ll detail it so it looks like new.”

Donated bikes range from BMX bikes and cruisers to bicycles for young children to ride. You can donate bikes to the Bike Angels by bringing them to the Burbank Recycle Center at 500 S. Flower St, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. or call the Burbank Recycle Center at (818) 238-3900

"We hope that this inspires other cities, or other people in other cities, to start the same program because there are so many bikes that are stored in people's garages for umpteen years that never get recycled or used that could be out there making some kids really happy,"

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Pete n Jakes will be having their 40th anniversary open house this Saturday

this Saturday at the Peculiar, Missouri, shop is the annual Open House car show and charity auction.
The party kicks off at 9am at Pete and Jake’s Hot Rod Parts (401 Legend Lane in Peculiar, Missouri, 20 minutes south of Kansas City).

Pete Chapouris and Pete Eastwood will be on hand along with hundreds of rods and customs for a day (and night) of cool cars, good friends, pinstriping, and live blues.

And it’s all for a good cause, as proceeds from the event benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Each year owners Jerry, Peggy, Jason, and Tina Slover partner with the South 71 Cruisers to host the car show, which draws around 500 rods and customs. It’s free to the public, and they ask that car show entrants make a $10 donation to the JDRF. It’s a cause the Slovers have been involved with for the past four years, and in that time have raised over $60,000. “It’s a great way to help the kids,” Jason says, “and it’s also a great excuse to hang out with our friends and our cars for the day.”

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ever wanted to see the exclusive Lingenfelter Collection? It will be having a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House on August 7th

It’s tough to get a tour of elite private collections, since they aren’t normally open to the public, but this season, Lingenfelter has opened the doors to support local charities.

Here is there calendar of events:

For an article about the museum and it's dedication to charities for great causes, like Alzheimers Assoc. and the Ronald McDonald House

learned of this from

Saturday, November 02, 2013

here is a good idea, giving cars to nonprofit organizations that can do wonderful things if they can just travel to make things happen

this may have already completed it's course, but I can hope that by spreading the word, someone gets inpsired to give something useful to a charity, a non profit, an organization that needs some help, or someone that needs a helping hand. Pay it forward friends, make the world a bit better

and by the way, I am impressed with other things that Toyota does...  and the long lasting durability of their trucks too,  and that they are the largest car company I can think of, selling more cars than GM, Ford, Chyrsler... and broke into NASCAR

I'm still not over their offering a larger discount to college students than military. Nope. Not going to be happy til there is equality

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Funny car movie "Snake and Mongoose" has released the info on the special premieres

First showing was in Reno Nevada Friday night, the next will be August 14th in Birmingham Michigan,

However, to raise awareness with a fundraising campaign for the Lymphoma and Luekemia Soiciety to help them fight the blood cancer disease, as Tom McEwan lost a son to it the August 26th and 29th events are going to be:
Two benefit premieres - one on Monday, August 26th at the Egyptian in Hollywood and one on Thursday, August 29th, at the Regal Shilo Crossing in Indianapolis,with the bulk of ticket sales going to help patients fighting blood Cancers

LLS logo on a corner of the poster with a "Text-to-Donate" number below;

Material available at LLS about the Snake and Mongoo$e Movie booth as it tours the country over the next six weeks;

Promotional giveaway items THROUGHOUT the United States that include information about how to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 

A special trailer that highlights this portion of the story for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to share with its Constituents.

The cancer that killed Tom's son is now 90% curable, and the efforts of many people to raise money and awareness has went a long way to change Leukemia and Lymphomas from death sentences to surmountable and medically treatable diseases.

 I was just talking to a mom while in line at D23, her oldest daughter at 24 yrs old was hit with Leukemia in her senior year at Texas A&M but has been going through chemo for 6 months and her doctors think she's going to be fine, and she was able to come with her family to Disney D23 Expo.

So spread the word, and donate if you can, the next life saved could be your in your family. Cancers are so common and widespread now that everyone I know has lost one or more family members, or friends, to some cancer. In my family, 2. Friends, 2.

Road and Track has reviewed the film,

Saturday, July 27, 2013

31 years ago someone wasted a lot of money on buying this Ferrari. Why wasted? They paid about $100 per mile driven, only drove it 1500 miles, Stupid purchase, huge depreciation, cool car

now they are raffling it off, and the new owner? Will need to replace all the rubber parts, fuel system, and brakes, and rebuild the engine to scrape out the oil that's been congealing for 30 years.

1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi is being offered by theInternational Motor Racing ResearchCenter as its 2013 raffle car. Donated by Greg Galdi, the car has been driven fewer than 1,500 miles. The raffle is the Center’s major fund-raiser of the year in support of its work of preserving the history of motorsports. Raffle tickets are $60 for one or two for $100. Only 2,308 tickets will be sold. (they want $23,000 dollars for the car)

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

2004 Maserati GT donated to fundraiser for local PBS station

KPBS revved up its “Donate Your Car” campaign this month (June 2013) which, along with drivable used cars, often attracts tired, tread-worn mechanical castaways with more miles than a Platinum Frequent Flyer.

 This week was different, however. A caller said on Monday he wanted to donate his beloved Maserati.

Well, sure … So, in rolled a sleek, immaculately maintained Maserati loaded with driver-pampering goodies — and legitimate ownership documents.

 The black 2004 GT coupe with tan leather interior had a manufacturers list price of about $81,000. About 80,000 miles later, it should fetch between $25,000 and $35,000 at auction, predicts James Rowten, corporate development manager for KPBS in charge of its vehicle donation program.

 “This is the most standout car donated in my tenure, and I’ve been here five years,” he said.

While many of the autos end up being sold for scrap metal, and drivable cars head to used-car auctions, this one will go to an international auction of high-end vehicles, Rowten said. The owner’s name remains confidential, although Rowten said he is a longtime donor and fan of KPBS from La Jolla.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

if you are the type that helps students out, and loves car restoration projects, I've got the right people you ought to know about. MacPherson College students

above is the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo that was restored at Paul Russell & Co (who seeked out and employs several grads of the MacPherson College Auto Restoration program...) and won the prestigious 2012 International Historic Motoring Awards (IHMA) Restoration of the Year as well as the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show award.

Just you so understand that the MacPherson College students and programs are of the highest quality, and not wasting time or money raised in the annual January equipment and tools benefit fundraiser. has the list of tools and equipment they need to acquire or replace (if only modern equipment lasted as long as the cars they restore!)

Any amount towards any needed item, no matter how small will be more than welcome. You can also buy any particular tool or piece of equipment and contribute the full amount for it also if you would prefer. All contributions will go 100% directly to the program

Paul Russell and Company, the automotive restoration and preservation specialists  brought the double award winning Mercedes back east November 3rd to an eager crowd of enthusiasts, raising funds for McPherson College’s Automotive Restoration Program, the country’s only four-year Bachelor of Arts program devoted to the craft. The event hosted over 200 avid auto enthusiasts, sponsors, and supporters who were treated to a first-hand explanation of the custom coach builder’s art from the restoration team, several of whom are McPherson College Graduates.

"McPherson sets the standard and their graduates can be found at some of the world’s leading restoration shops and winning prestigious awards at events around the country.” McKeel Hagerty, President and CEO said.

the Paul Russell and Company site about the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S, its history and its restoration.

A far better and more thorough gallery here

Getting back to the students and tools, is a cool newsletter that is focused on the restoration program, and the students activities like the Great Race entrants. The college is entering a '57 Fairlane in the 2013 Great Race.

 Amanda Gutierrez, vice president for automotive restoration, said the race would give students great experience as well as an opportunity to show their skills and talent. At the same time, people across the nation who might never have heard of McPherson College before will see what the program has to offer.

In the 2012 Great Race a model A was enjoyed by blogger and college alumni Jonathan , plus a '62 IH truck was enjoyed by restorer program alumni Kacy and Tabetha who now work for Hagerty Ins

photo by Mike Drilling and is in the New York Times article

For previous newsletters filled with incredible stories (terminal cancer dyno shop owner donates drag racing duster to Leno's collection, and a scholarship for his hometown's MacPherson College students, plus the students car show travelling to retirement/nursing homes for those seasoned citizens that can't make it to the car shows) read

Those funds will accumulate and allow the automotive restoration department to purchase needed tools and equipment in order of priority – such as louver dies for a bead roller, a complete work station set, a tire machine for the motorcycle lab or an Iwata paint gun

read about the above Model T assembly on page 5 of

and if you prefer real time updates and inside info, like the Lyn St James ( ) symposium, check their facebook page

Don't misunderstand about the fundraiser, the alumni of the program have been incredible in their donations too! A deep shrinker stretcher was given to the program at the 10year class reunion of the '02 class. Way cool!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cars and Coffee at JBA to have a charity fundraiser for a Navy Seal, KIA Sept 11th (9-11) 2012 Libya - US Embassy

Senior Petty Office Tyrone Snowden Woods, Sr., a United States Navy SEAL (ret.) was 41. He died September 12 defending the U. S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya
"Ty Woods was a friend, crew member and long-time customer of JBA Speed Shop," J Bittle said. "It is fitting that we pay tribute to this fallen hero and accept donations to benefit Ty's legacy---his 4-month old baby boy Kai."

 The tribute will be held during the monthly 'Coffee & Cars on the Mesa,' a Sunday morning gathering of San Diego car enthusiasts. We kick off the holiday season this Sunday morning by celebrating this local American hero.

 The best way to donate is when your donation can be customized at It can be anonymous or you can include a note to his family. It will also provide a receipt for this tax-free donation. An official donation site will also be available at JBA Coffee & Cars for cash or checks with 100% going to help Kai.
5675 Kearny Villa Road
Next door to Fun Bike Center

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cruise for kids, fundraiser for the San Dieguito Boys and Girls clubs.. I learned about it too late to photograph it this year

 Not many happy reasons get a bridge shut down... but this one did. A lot of sports and exotic cars put together a fundraiser event to raise funds for the kids... very cool. Nino Venturella of Wells Fargo wealth management recruited from his clients with exquisite cars those that wanted to join in the cause to help out the kids... and started at the historic Hotel Del Coronado and had a police escort along the route to cut down on the stop lights breaking up the parade (maybe even to keep leadfoots in check.. there were at least 2 Bugatti Veyron, and lots of Porsche, Vipers, Vettes, Lambos, Ferrari, Astons, and Rolls Royce)
At the Del Mar track there was a car show (from what I read in a magazine article) and then a party at an airport hanger.

From the Hotel Coronado to the racetrack grounds of Del Mar, with a good look at the landscape and freeways that show off San Diego's natural good looks

Info, video, and images from where there are many more galleries of the event at the various locations they stopped

Friday, June 01, 2012

the Porsche 917, 24 hours of Daytona winner, will be at the Friends of Steve McQueen car show at the Boys Republic tomorrow

The fifth annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show will celebrate the character of Frank Bullitt as portrayed by the iconoclastic actor in the movie “Bullitt” as cars, motorcycles and fans arrive for the display on the campus of The Boys Republic.

But it is the role of Michael Delaney in the classic film “Le Mans” that raises the pulse, and no race car is more identified with Steve McQueen than the legendary Porsche 917.

 This year’s show is privileged to present one example of that legendary Gulf Porsche 917K, the overall winner of the 1970 Daytona 24 Hours.

This race was the debut of the J.W. Automotive Gulf sponsored Porsches and it was a complete triumph finishing 1st and 2nd. This particular 917 completed the race with no major problems and won by a margin of forty-six laps, a record that was intact for seventeen years.

The owner of 917-015, Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, Ca, is passionate about all things automotive and is pleased to share this passion with other like-minded enthusiasts by entering his Porsche in the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show.

 All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys Republic, 1907 Boys Republic Drive, Chino Hills, CA.

Parking is free and admission is $10.00 with children under 12 free.
For those wishing to enter the car show, please visit the website for registration.

 For more information:

Friday, November 18, 2011

KISS autographed a signature line of MINI Clubman cars, and they were auctioned off to raise funds for a childrens charity.. very damn cool. One was just stolen from it's new owner, very damn uncool. Be on the look out for this one

photos from where there is a bigger gallery of  the rest of the cars

HARRISON NY — A $5,000 reward is being offered after a one-of-a-kind KISS car was stolen from a driveway in Harrison.

The Mini-Cooper hatchback, autographed by the 1970s shock rockers and designed with the band's logo and other blue/teal Kiss artwork, was originally purchased at an auction benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (or Unicef) . It was stolen Friday between midnight and 6 a.m.

The reward is for information leading to an arrest and conviction and/or recovery of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call Harrison police at 914-967-5110 . All calls will remain confidential.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Metal Of Honor... duece made of donated new parts to assemble an homage to the US military that have been awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor, and signed by 46 living recipients

If you look under the duece, you'll see that it's parked on grass. Indoors. I've never heard of any booth having turf brought in... it's awesome. Great idea, terrific execution, and appreciated by the people stopping by to admire the car. No dirt was getting carried onto the surrounding carpet either.

the military footlockers and field desk were very cool too

great display

 Awesome military interior pieces, the ammo can for an armrest, the canvas courier bags for door pockets, duffel bag in the passenger footwell, and the gauges are superior to any I've seen that try for the military look, but go too far and use aircraft gauges. These are perfect... they have the look, and function, that people have tried for, but failed to achieve

  Above, I was photographing the steering gear. I haven't seen an adapter like this before

if this car sounds familiar, it's because I posted a bit about this last year

Thanks to Chuck Caswell, Emperor until he retires... he says after retirement he'll be a sultan (I could be mistaken, he may have said maharajah)