Custom Car Auction Benefits EAA Young Eagles Program
January 19, 2009 — Through the generosity of EAA member Marc Holmes (EAA 600764) and car remodeler West Coast Customs, EAA’s Young Eagles and youth educational initiatives were recipients of a $100,000 donation during last week’s Barrett-Jackson Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Holmes, of Custom Rod Gauges and a member of EAA Chapter 376 in Fresno, California, saw to it that proceeds from the sale of a 1967 Hemi Barracuda during the nationally televised auction on Saturday, January 17 were donated to the EAA programs. Auctioneer Tom “Spanky” Assiter declared, “Sold!” after bidding for the car – plus lunch with EAA Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford – reached $200,000.
“We thank Marc, Barrett-Jackson, and Harrison Ford for helping EAA continue the success of Young Eagles,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny, who attended the auction with his wife, Sharon. “This generous contribution will help us keep providing life-changing inspirational experiences to thousands of youths who are touched every year by Young Eagles and EAA’s other youth programs.”
The “muscle car” was created as a tribute to legendary hot rodder Boyd Coddington, who sold a car for charity at Barrett-Jackson in 2006. Coddington dreamed of building an even faster car to auction for children, but sadly passed away in February 2008. Holmes and others from West Coast Customs carried the torch and built the one-off ‘Cuda that features a 6.1-liter, 500 horsepower V8 HEMI.
Poberezny also noted that Assiter would once again conduct the live auction for this summer’s Gathering of Eagles fundraiser during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. “We look forward to seeing Spanky and his wife, Amy, at the Gathering,” he said.