December 22, 2006

Ford to auction custom-built hot rod pedal cars for charity

Dearborn, Michigan – Ten of America’s premiere hot rod builders, including Troy Trepanier, Roy Brizio, Chip Foose and Boyd Coddington, have each constructed unique 1932 Ford pedal cars that the automaker will auction off for charity. The cars celebrate next year’s 75th anniversary of the 1932 Ford, known to hot rodders as “The Deuce”.

The ten pedal cars will be unveiled together for the first time at the 2007 Grand National Roadster Show, which runs January 26-28 in Pomona, California. The show will include a display of 75 of the “most influential” 1932 Ford hot rods, and will kick off a year-long anniversary of the car.

The group of ten builders – Bobby Alloway, Roy Brizio, Boyd Coddington, Pete Chapouris, Chip Foose, Jesse Greening, Steve Moal, the Rolling Bones, Thom Taylor and Troy Trepanier – based their creations on a special 75th Anniversary pedal car, donated by Warehouse 36. Each car will be autographed by Edsel B. Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford, and auctioned off at RM Auctions’ Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction at Pebble Beach in August 2007. Proceeds from the auction will be split among the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and the charities chosen by each of the builders.

In addition to the auction money, JDRF will receive a donation of US$10 for every regular 75th Anniversary pedal car Warehouse 36 sells in 2007. Details can be found at

Several of the designer pedal cars will be part of a week-long event at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California from February 19 to 24, 2007; three have already been displayed at the 2006 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

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