Rains, an Army veteran who served in Viet Nam and Europe, said he wanted to give the car back for rebidding because of his strong personal support for the Wounded Warriors organization and similar veteran’s groups.
“This is what it’s all about right here,” said auction president Steve Davis. “God bless America!”
The group’s chairman, Army Lt. General John Sylvester (retired), with his arm around Rains’ shoulders, added, “God bless America and God bless Americans.”
With that, auctioneer Spanky Assister started his patter over again, with the second sale quickly reaching $450,000 and sold to Jack Miller, a Jupiter, Fla., collector and restorer of Ford Mustangs.
The sales of the wrapped special-edition 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, signed by veterans, their family members and supporters, eventually raised over a million dollars for Wounded Warriors Family Support.
Commenting on the news, Col. John Folsom, founder of the organization, noted, “Wounded Warriors Family Support is a small, independent non-profit organization that provides support to the families of U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.
“We are so grateful for the generous support of the auction participants and the American people. We are especially grateful for the team at Barrett-Jackson for their tremendous help. The money raised through this auction will enable us to help military families in so many ways,” he continued.
At the auction, Folson addressed the crowd, saying the car is signed by people from all across the country— though President Barack Obama is not among them, yet.
Folsom hopes to garner President Obama’s signature on this year’s car, as he will begin the third annual nationwide High Five Tour this June, with a 2012 Mustang GT500.
On the 48-state tour, Folsom intends to “meet as many Americans as possible and thank them for their support of military families who have given so much,” officials noted.
“The High Five Tour will make a stop in Washington, D.C., on July 7. I would be honored to have President Obama sign the 2012 car,” Folsom added.
President of Barrett-Jackson Honored for Donation
In other news from the auction group, Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson, was recently honored at the 8th Annual Armed Forces Congressional Gala Dinner with the “Congressman Bill and Mrs. Beverly Young Humanitarian of the Year Award.”
He was recognized for the donation of his personal custom 1964 Ford Fairlane, which was donated to be auctioned for the Armed Forces Foundation, an organization that helps military members and families in times of need, at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction this past September.
“Entrepreneur Ron Pratte successfully bid on the car for $700,000 and then promptly and altruistically donated the car back to the Armed Forces Foundation, to be bid on again at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January,” officials explained.
Then, in January, Ted McIntyre, chief executive officer of Louisiana-based Marine Turbine Technologies, successfully bid on the Fairlane for $1 million.
“The reaction at both auctions was beyond enthusiastic and Barrett-Jackson waived all consignment fees at both auctions,” the company reported.
But this car’s story doesn’t stop there.
During the Gala, McIntyre announced that that he would be donating the car back to the Armed Forces Foundation and it would be sold once again at a future Barrett-Jackson auction.
“I am beyond humbled to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Davis. “To see the outpouring of support we generated for our troops and their families was spectacular. I am so honored to be able to help those who fight for our country; it is these men and women who make me proud to be an American.”
Barrett-Jackson has raised more than $39 million for various charitable organizations since 2006, and more than $45 million since its first auction, the company said.