The Ryan Blaney Family Foundation raised $650,000 for Alzheimer’s Disease research and care last weekend with the sale of a custom 1974 Ford Bronco at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Blaney’s foundation said that the gavel price marked a world record for Ford Bronco auctions. All proceeds from the Saturday sale will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Blaney commissioned Gateway Bronco, an Illinois-based shop specializing in classic Ford SUVs, for the custom build. The truck featured special tributes to Blaney’s grandfather, Lou, who passed away in 2009 after a bout with Alzheimer’s.
Today was a MAJOR success! We are beyond excited to announce that the Blaney Bronco was sold for $650,000 (a WORLD RECORD for Broncos)!!!! Amazing day here at @Barrett_Jackson. It’s a pleasure working to help #ENDALZ.
Thank you to everyone that made this possible! pic.twitter.com/1cyNKuEANv
— Ryan Blaney Family Foundation (@rbfamfoundation) January 19, 2020
Blaney, who is set for his fifth full-time Cup Series season in 2020, was on hand in Scottsdale to watch the Bronco cross the auction block.
Other NASCAR tie-ins highlighted the annual Barrett-Jackson auction:
• Team owner Rick Hendrick closed the highest-priced sale of the weekend, with the first 2020 Corvette Stingray ever built hammering away for a $3 million sale. The car — with a vehicle identification number ending in 001 — is the first mid-engine Corvette and joins Hendrick’s vast collection. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon and actor Cuba Gooding Jr. were alongside Hendrick when the gavel dropped. The charity sale benefits the Detroit Children’s Fund.
• A 1997 No. 24 Chevrolet Monte Carlo raced by Jeff Gordon to his first road course win sold for $250,000, with proceeds benefiting the Arizona Animal Welfare League.