DRIVE TOWARD A CURE® RAISES $30k THANKS TO NO-RESERVE BRING A TRAILER CHARITY AUCTION
McLaren, ICON, Hunziker Automotive Fine Art, Bruce Meyer, and Singer Vehicle Design Team Up to Support Parkinson’s and Grow Foundation’s ‘Special Assistance Fund’ to Benefit Patient Care Needs
LOS ANGELES – January 23, 2023 – The automotive enthusiast community showed up in full force through Bring a Trailer’s auction platform supporting non-profit foundation Drive Toward a Cure’s initiative to broaden awareness for Parkinson’s Disease and grow its ‘Special Assistance Fund. The Fund, which began in 2019, provides grants for those patients challenged by exceptional and unexpected needs. The seven-day, no-reserve charity auction featured ONE near-priceless package that included private tours of four renowned Los Angeles-based automotive-related facilities, along with a 3-day behind-the-wheel experience in a McLaren 720S Spider. The winning bid reached $30,000 and its winner will gain behind-the-scenes private access to each of the contributing facilities, home to some of the most generous and admired enthusiasts within the car industry.
Partners for this ‘no-reserve’ charity auction are providing access for up to four guests at Bruce Meyer’s private collection in Beverly Hills, ICON’s 4×4 facility, Hunziker Automotive Fine Art Studio and Singer Vehicle Design’s new US headquarters in Torrance, Calif., now housing all seven of its workshops under one roof. None of the four facilities being toured are available for public ‘walk-ins’, and visits are generally difficult or impossible to arrange.
Bruce Meyer, easily regarded worldwide as the ‘nicest guy in the car hobby’, stepped-in during the live auction by offering to personally conduct the tour of his own garage and share his personal perspective behind the provenance of the significant cars in his collection. He also offered to coordinate an additional tour of the Petersen Museum, where he is the Founding Chairman, and include its famed ‘Vault’ featuring more than 250 vehicles from around the world.
Additionally, one generous Singer owner raised the ante for the entire package during the final hour of the auction, donating a ‘ride-along’ within his own bespoke Singer commission, to coincide on the day of the Singer tour.
Other items noted in the original package for the winner to receive include a 40×26” giclee print that reproduces Hunziker’s painting of the Le Mans-winning 1995 McLaren F1 GTR as well as a pair of McQueen-branded Casual Driving Shoes by Hunziker; and a bundle of three separate Singer items: an autographed limited-edition Singer book, an unopened ‘sold out’ Issue #10 of 000 Magazine featuring Singer’s Mulholland Commission, and a one-of-one giclee print of the Mulholland Commission signed by photographer Larry Chen.
Drive Toward a Cure’s founder Deb Pollack, who curated the auction package, spoke of her full heart following the exciting auction conclusion which included a total of 21 bids, more than 19,000 views and nearly 700 watchers on Bring a Trailer. “It was inspiring and emotional to watch an automotive community come together for our small and growing organization in a very BIG WAY,” said Pollack. “Not only was a substantial amount of money raised for our grant funding to benefit those challenged by Parkinson’s Disease, but the comments from many non-bidders posted during the auction duration proved just how worthy our cause remains and that the awareness within the automotive and public arena is both needed and meaningful.”
This past year, thanks to donors, volunteers and individuals helping to spread awareness for the cause, Drive Toward a Cure surpassed $1 million raised since its beginning in 2016, and the automotive community supported every effort. The foundation’s ‘Special Assistance Fund’ was created by Drive Toward a Cure to offer financial assistance to Parkinson’s patients that need extra support following natural disasters including fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes, as well as individual extenuating circumstances. During the pandemic alone, Drive Toward a Cure supported Parkinson’s applicants following the Louisiana hurricane, Kentucky tornado, and specific patient care needs.
About Bring a Trailer
Bring a Trailer (BaT) is a digital auction platform and enthusiast community that was founded in 2007 to connect buyers and sellers of classic, collector and enthusiast vehicles. BaT curates vehicles submitted by sellers and helps them craft transparent auction listings that present the vehicles as they are—without superlatives or dubious used-car-lot language. Each listing is vetted by BaT’s knowledgeable community of more than 930,000 registered users so potential buyers can bid with confidence.
About Drive Toward a Cure:
Drive Toward a Cure raises funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease research AND patient care. Inspired by the camaraderie found within the automotive culture, the organization’s mission benefits equally from both enthusiast communities and industry professionals. Drive Toward a Cure events harness enthusiasm for cars and driving and turn that power into support for ongoing work to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s, as well as the research that will hopefully one day lead to a cure. Since 2016, Drive Toward a Cure has raised more than one million dollars to support BOTH research AND patient care.
Drive Toward a Cure is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting beneficiaries including The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Parkinson’s Foundation, and numerous Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s. For donations, sponsorship and event registration please visit www.drivetowardacure.org.
About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.