Garlits vs. Gwynn Dragsters Sell for $150,000 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, January 20

January 20th, 2012

Custom Built DieHard Battery Powered Electric Dragsters Built to Commemorate NHRA’s 60th Anniversary Driven by NHRA Legends “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and Darrell Gwynn During 2011 NHRA Season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation auctioned two custom-built DieHard Battery powered electric dragsters driven by NHRA legends “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and Darrell Gwynn at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale on January 20, Lot #3030. Longtime foundation supporter Ron Pratte purchased the cars for $150,000 which will help support people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. The funds raised from the cars will primarily benefit the Darrel Gwynn Foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program.

In addition to the cars selling for $150,000, Tom & Cindy Wright, also longtime foundation supporters, purchased a Barrett-Jackson poster for $7,000 to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

The electric dragsters were built to commemorate the NHRA’s 60th Anniversary brought the two former NHRA rivals back to the race track in 2011 for “Garlits vs. Gwynn: Match Races for a Cause”. The match races were designed to create awareness and raise funds for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Inc. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

“I really appreciate everyone’s support at Barrett-Jackson,” said Darrell Gwynn. “I can’t thank Ron Pratte enough for his continued support of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. With his purchase of the electric dragsters, he not only has two great new additions to his collection, but he will help us support people living with paralysis by basically being able to change six people’s lives by donating $25,000 wheelchairs they need with that money. What a gift of mobility Ron Pratte just made.”

Supporters can help the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission by Giving the Gift of Mobility today at

These 2011 DieHard Battery Powered Electric Replica Dragsters that were built by Brad Hadman, designed by Mike Gerry and graphics by Eric Reyes under the supervision of Jerry Gwynn. The electric dragsters were built for the “Garlits vs. Gwynn: Match Races for a Cause” charity racing series. The match race series was historical and marked the first time in 21 years that Darrell Gwynn raced competitively since his racing accident in 1990 that left him paralyzed and ended his racing career and also marked the final time the two NHRA Hall of Famers and rivals, Garlits and Gwynn, raced against each other in 2011.

The match races took place at several racetracks in 2011 celebrating historical highlights from the Garlits vs. Gwynn rivalry including racing on the 25th Anniversary of their matchup in the finals of the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and the 25th Anniversary of Garlits’ famous blow-over vs. Gwynn in Englishtown, N.J. The electric dragsters are replicas of the Top Fuel Dragsters each drive drove during the 1986 NHRA season. They also competed at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals in Charlotte and the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. “Big Daddy” Don Garlits won the match race series championship 6-4 over Gwynn. Gwynn, was awarded a Wally Trophy for winning the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals race in the series.

The cars make an incredible addition to any car collector’s museum and can be used as recreational vehicles as they can be tuned drive anywhere from 30 MPH to 80 MPH. A father and son or two friends could have a lot of fun racing these electric replica dragsters. Proceeds from the sale of these cars will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Inc.

While on stage, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, donated an $18,000 custom power wheelchair to 17 year-old Diego Sanchez of Peoria, Ariz. Sanchez’s family did not have health insurance and was unable to obtain the proper power wheelchair he needed. Sanchez, an honor student in high school, needed the power wheelchair so he can finish school and enroll in college where he plans to study marketing.

Sponsors who made this project possible include: Vision Airlines, Lucas Oil, Dynamic Machine, DieHard, National Auto Mart, JEGS, Summitt, Mac Tools, Barrett-Jackson, Goodyear, DMR, Reliable Transportation, Moon, Pro Glass, G-Force, Simpson, K&N Filters, Mark Williams and Brad Hadman/PMI Truck Bodies.

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About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Founded in 2002 by Champion Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide SUPPORT for people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assistance Fund also supports the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally, the Patient Assistance Fund provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. This rapidly growing program reaches over 10,000 students annually at over 50 high schools. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for and established National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month with a resolution passed by the U.S. Senate in 2011 sponsored by both Florida Senators. With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR, Rolltisserie by Southern Pride, Moduline Aluminum Cabinets and many more generous sponsors, individual supporters and donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation continues to evolve as a leading foundation for those with spinal cord injuries. For more information please visit or


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