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10 16 08

FAMOUS “SUPERBIRD” TO GRACE NASCAR TRACK ONCE AGAIN

Custom YearOne Restoration in Style of Richard Petty’s 1970’s Championship Cars Donated to Darrell Gwynn Foundation by Former Wrestler Bill Goldberg

 

DAVIE, Fla. – (Oct. 15, 2008) – Champion of the racing circuit in the 1970s and the ride of “King” Richard Petty, the Superbird makes a special appearance during this month’s NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

A meticulously restored version of the Superbird, painted in the famous “Petty Blue” paint scheme over black to make it truly unique, will be unveiled in the speedway media center at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct 24.  The unique car, contributed by former pro wrestler Bill Goldberg, is being built by YearOne of Braselton, Ga., which is donating all its resources for the Superbird  that will be given to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, a Florida-based non-profit established to prevent, provide and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illness.

The Superbird unveiling will be attended by Richard Petty, Kevin King of YearOne, Ray Evernham, who built the car’s engine, and Darrell Gwynn, the former National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) star who founded the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. 

            “This is an updated NASCAR legend – a near exact replica of the Superbird Richard Petty drove into history every Sunday in the early 70s.  There’s not another one like it available today,” said Gwynn, the Foundation’s president who is paralyzed from a 1990 racing accident. “We are extremely grateful to Bill Goldberg for spearheading its creation and then donating it to the Foundation.”

The car will be auctioned at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Ariz., next January with all proceeds benefiting the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.  At the 2008 Barrett-Jackson event, the Foundation auctioned one of Tony Stewart’s championship cars and raised more than $500,000 with ancillary donations.

            “We’re hoping to set a new record when this one-of-a-kind, Richard Petty-inspired Superbird goes on the block in January,” Gwynn adds.

            According to YearOne’s Kevin King, his team took extensive photos of cars displayed at the Talladega Motor Speedway museum to ensure the finished product was true to period-correct NASCAR modifications and built as though it were an actual competitive race car.  Although the exterior design is retro 1970s, what’s under the hood most definitely is not!  Ray Evernham and Evernham Motorsports contributed a NASCAR-spec 358ci racing engine without the NASCAR-spec restrictions that produces close to 750 horsepower.  The engine has been de-tuned to run on commercially available fuel but, otherwise, is basically off-the-shelf raw NASCAR power.

The Superbird likely will be shown a few times before being taken to the Barrett-Jackson event in Arizona and sold on behalf of the Darrell Gwynn  Foundation.  The Foundation is an official charity of Barrett Jackson and the NHRA.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a Davie, Fla.-based nonprofit agency formed in 2002 to provide wheelchairs to children and young adults and advocate for people with spinal cord injuries.  The Foundation was established by former NHRA star Darrell Gwynn to prevent, provide and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illness.

For more information on the Foundation and the programs it supports, visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or call 954-792-7223. 

 

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About Darrell Gwynn Foundation

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) is a certified non-profit 501(c) 3 agency.  The Foundation exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses.  To expedite cures, DGF assists in the funding of targeted research and the Foundation is dedicated to injury prevention, with special emphasis on programs targeting children.  The organization helps improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury or illness, by providing equipment or special services.  DGF is an official charity of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and has a close affiliation with NASCAR and the NASCAR Foundation.  Additional information about DGF can be found at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.