Well, it's finally over. Project American Heroes III, our LSA-powered, TCI-transmission shifted and DSE suspended ’70 Chevelle, has been sold to Dave Parker for $250,000. All proceeds went directly to the Armed Forces Foundation and the car will takes its rightful place in Parker's collection next to our Project American Heroes II '69 Camaro. For me, the whole Barrett-Jackson experience was nerve-racking. The build was a massive undertaking done under difficult time constraints. Hats off to Route 66 Motorsports for a Herculean effort. By auction day, I was like an expectant father. Don't I look, er, nervous in this photo? OK, maybe I was hiding my true feelings pretty well.
The problem with a charity project like this is you want to see it sell for a million bucks, but you know that's an impossibility—especially in this economy. Tack onto this the fact that last year's car sold for $500,000 and expectations were high, perhaps unreasonably so. How do you top that? Still the Silver Starlettes managed to calm me down some.
My favorite picture, however, is the one here. As California pretty much has rules outlawing everything that might be construed as enjoyable, it was fun to see three cigar smokers enjoying their stogies in their booth. Good thing the Fun Nazis didn't arrest them.