Watch the Wood Brothers Car Build for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation on Hot Rod TV, April 30 at 10 a.m. EST

April 27th, 2011

DAVIE, Fla. – Speed Channel’s Hot Rod TV Show will feature an episode on the car build of the Wood Brothers Mercury Montego donated to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for auction at Barrett-Jackson. The episode of Hot Rod TV titled “21″ will air on Speed Channel on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. EST. The car is a custom built replica Wood Brothers Mercury Street Version Racecar that Hall of Fame Elect David Pearson drove to defeat Hall of Fame Driver Richard Petty in the memorable 1976 Daytona 500. In that famous race, both drivers spun off the track as they approached the finish line and Pearson was able to recover first to take the checkered flag in what was arguably the most exciting Daytona 500 race finish ever.

Recently elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, David Pearson had one of the most distinguished racing careers in motor sports. This street version replica racecar was custom built by Gateway Classic Mustang and features a Ford Racing 521 V-8 engine and a characteristic body style and paint job that evokes nostalgia to all classic racing fans. The car was auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale and purchased by Tom & Diane Day for $90,000 and donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation for auction again. It was auctioned again at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach and co-purchased by Bill Gannon and Joe Riley for $70,000, then donated back immediately while on stage and purchased again by Steve Ramsey for $20,000 and donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.

To date, the car built by Gateway Classic Mustang has raised $180,000 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for Paralysis.

About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation

Founded in 2002 by Champion Drag Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for paralysis. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for an established Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week with a resolution passed by the Florida Legislature in 2006. 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. 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 model 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 Paralyzed Assistance Fund also supports the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally the foundation provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR 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 www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation

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