Barrett-Jackson auction raises $380,000 for groundbreaking cancer research at TGen

Sales of Mothers RTR Spec 3 Mustang and special Cutlass will fund colon and prostate cancer research as part of auction founder's legacy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - March 18, 2014 - Two cars - a tricked-out Mothers RTR Spec 3 Mustang, and a classic Oldsmobile Cutlass - were sold at the world famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Action in Scottsdale, raising $380,000 for colon and prostate cancer research at the non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The first car, the Mothers Mustang RTR Spec 3, was sold Jan. 14 for $110,000 to car collectors Bill and Doris Barker of Fort Worth, Texas.

The Cutlass was sold Jan. 17 for $270,000 to car collector Ele Chesney of Toms River, N.J., who then donated the Cutlass back to Barrett-Jackson, so that it could be re-auctioned to further benefit TGen at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction set for Sept. 25-27 in Las Vegas.

Proceeds from both cars go to the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund at TGen. The fund, established in 2010, is a salute to auction Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson's father, Russ, and brother, Brian, whose lives were cut short by colon cancer.

Doris Barker was at home watching the auction live on television Jan. 14 when the Mustang RTR Spec 3 was announced. She immediately called her husband, Bill, who was at the auction in Scottsdale.

"She likes unusual cars," Bill said of the gray-trimmed, red 650-hp 2013 Mothers Ford Mustang RTR Spec 3, a collaboration of drift racing champion Vaughn Gittin Jr., Mustang RTR and Mothers Polishes-Waxes-Cleaners.

Once Doris found out it would benefit TGen, Bill said she told him, "We definitely need to get it.

"Our family has been truly blessed, and we generally avoid the limelight. But when someone is suffering, and their family is suffering, it hit a spot in our hearts," Bill said of the couple's desire to help TGen research and the patients that TGen serves.

This tire-slaying, 6-speed Mustang, which features the latest aftermarket technology in chassis and engine development, aerodynamics, paint and audio, was donated by Mothers Polishes-Waxes-Cleaners to benefit the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund at TGen.

"This project takes the excellent foundation that Ford provides in the Mustang to the next level of excitement with Vaughn's standard RTR package. Then Team Mothers® took it again to the highest level with the RTR Spec 3, and it supports a cause that has great meaning to our family as well as the Jackson's," said Jim Holloway, Vice President of Mothers.

Cutlass donated back to benefit TGen again at Las Vegas auction

The Cutlass, a black and gold 350-hp 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Coupe - the kind first crafted in 1968 by Jack "Doc" Watson and the Hurst Shifter Corporation - was bought by Chesney because she is a family friend of Craig Jackson and wanted to support TGen's cancer research in memory of Craig's father and brother.

It was previously owned by Linda Vaughn, known as Miss Hurst Golden Shifter since 1966 and considered the first lady of motor sports from her roots in drag racing, as well as Indy Car racing and NASCAR. This 1979 Hurst Olds is one of the last Hurst Vehicles presented to Vaughn for her dedication to the Hurst Shifter name. As it crossed the auction block, Vaughn fought back tears onstage when it was gaveled down at $270,000.

Once again, Craig Jackson and the dedicated team at Barrett Jackson have shown tremendous generosity in facilitating classic car sales to benefit TGen research," said Michael Bassoff, President of the TGen Foundation. "Because of his personal family experience, Craig knows the tremendous needs of patients and their families for new breakthroughs in colon and prostate cancer, and his charity provides renewed hope."

Raffle for Las Vegas auction raises an additional $10,000

In addition, TGen raised $10,000 during the auction for cancer research through a raffle won by Greg Thompson of Canada. He will receive two VIP tickets to the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Las Vegas, including a 5-night stay at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and two airfare vouchers. Although the raffle was held at the auction, the TGen Foundation conducted this promotion. Neither Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. LLC nor any of its affiliates have responsibility for conducting this promotion.

More than 102,000 Americans, men and women, were diagnosed last year with colon cancer, which in 2013 killed more than 50,000 patients, the third-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

An additional 238,000 American men were diagnosed last year with prostate cancer, which in 2013 killed nearly 30,000 patients, the second-leading cause of cancer death among men in the U.S.

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About TGen
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