When: Saturday September 22, 2012
Where: Ford Motor Company Dearborn Development Center
On May 23, 2012 executives from Henry Ford Health System and Ford Motor Company gathered at the Lingenfelter Collection in Brighton, Mich. to announce they will create a one-of-a-kind 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang. The car will be auctioned at the 2012 “Get Your Heart Racing” event at the Ford Dearborn test track on September 22, 2012.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. In addition, a customized Ford Focus will be given away as a door prize.
“Even with his rich racing pedigree, it’s hard to imagine what Henry Ford might have thought had he ever encountered such a massively powerful vehicle as the 2013 Shelby GT500,” said John Felice, general manager Ford and Lincoln Marketing. “However, we’re fairly certain he’d be thrilled that the vehicle carried the Ford oval and that it was being auctioned to support the critically important work of saving lives.”
One-of-a-Kind Mustang for Charity
The custom GT500 will be designed by Ford designer Melvin Betancourt. As a former patient of the Henry Ford Hospital, Melvin feels he owes his life to the hospital and the surgery that they performed on him. In an effort to thank the dedicated team at Henry Ford Hospital, he focused all of his design talents on creating this special Mustang. The custom GT500 will sport a stunning white exterior paint scheme with contrasting white graphics and 20-inch white wheels. In addition, the car’s cockpit will feature white leather Recaro seats stitched with a black contrast thread for an overall design theme that is worthy of this car’s outstanding heritage.
The Ford Focus “giveaway” vehicle is also a one‐of-a-kind car, outfitted with a “Euro Series” body kit from aftermarket specialist 3d Carbon. The vehicle features an aggressive stance with styling cues including a rear spoiler, custom exhaust and black tuxedo metallic paint with solid white asymmetrical competition stripes and high performance 20‐inch Forgiato wheels.
Track Time, After Party, and Auction
The “Get Your Heart Racing” event is coined by many as a “car enthusiast’s dream come true.” The event provides an exclusive opportunity to visit Dearborn’s renowned test track and proving grounds by taking part in hot laps, drag races, wet pad tests, coned driving challenges and off‐road experiences. After a day on the track, attendees get to attend a Pit Party to watch a drifting and driving demonstration hosted by world‐class professional drivers. After the demonstration, they’ll be invited to hang out with the drivers and enjoy amazing food, beverages and entertainment. One very lucky participant will win a brand new tricked‐out Ford Focus as the ultimate door prize.
“The September 22 date needs to be etched into the minds of any auto and Ford enthusiasts who have always wanted to experience the Ford test track, but never had the opportunity – that is, until now,” said Sandy Hudson, Senior Development Officer at Henry Ford Health System. “Spend the afternoon in a veritable auto nirvana and then, in the evening, let the pros take over and show us all how it’s really done. Like the Shelby GT 500 that we’ll auction, this event is truly one of a kind.”
“Shelby” driving tickets for the full day’s driving events, including the Pit Party, are $1,000 each or $1,750 for a two person team. Tickets for the evening Pit Party are $250. Both tickets include food, beverage, music, the drifting demonstration, the chance to win the Ford Focus, and the opportunity to tour the legendary track and mingle with professional drivers. The tickets will benefit the important work of the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Health System. Event promoters say a portion of the ticket purchase is tax deductible.
All guests will be able to bid on a range of fabulous auction items including the 1‐of‐1 Shelby GT500. Phone bidders are also welcome for the vehicle auction.
For more information, Visit www.getyourheartracing.org to watch a three minute video from last year’s event and learn more about the specific driving elements and ticket opportunities.