The last retail 2014 Shelby GT500 Mustang convertible brought in an astonishing $500,000 during Hot August Nights presented by Barrett-Jackson in Reno, Nevada. All of the proceeds from the Shelby GT500 auction will benefit the Brain Injury Association of America.
This past Saturday, August 10th, Don Damon of Great Bend, Kansas, became the new owner of the Shelby after a lively bidding competition for the car. Parnelli Jones, advocate for the charity and 1963 Indy 500 winner, was there cheering on the auction war.
Parnelli’s son, Page Jones, suffered a severe brain injury after crashing during a Sprint Car Race. The prognosis for Page was grim, but thanks to the support of his family, he is living a fulfilled life full of joy. An upcoming documentary, “Godspeed: the Story of Page Jones”, will hopefully raise awareness to the charity and the importance of rehabilitation after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
“It’s my 80th birthday, and I can’t imagine a better present,” said Parnelli Jones in a statement. “We worked hard to help Page recover from his injury, but we couldn’t have done it alone. We received help from the BIAA, and this funding will aid so many others who have suffered from similar injuries.”
The Shelby GT500 is no stranger to crossing the auction block for charity with past cars benefiting the Carroll Shelby Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
“We at the BIAA are overcome with gratitude,” said Susan H. Connors, president and CEO of the BIAA. “This Ford Shelby GT500 sale provides vital funding for research, treatment and education to help the 3.5 million Americans who suffer from traumatic brain injuries. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with Ford, Barrett-Jackson, Parnelli and Page.”
As the winner of the new Shelby, Damon gets to choose his interior, exterior color and stripe combination offered by Ford, making this Shelby a unique one-off factory custom car. On top of that, he gets the factory 662 hp with it capable of reaching 0-60 in less than 4 seconds. Parnelli Jones will sign the Shelby in appreciation for the BIAA donation. The plan is to have the car delivered to Damon by the year’s end.
During Hot August Nights, Ford held both Ride-and-Drives and hot lap experiences in the parking lot of the Atlantis Casino Resort. Ford’s stable of vehicles for the Ride-and-Drives included the Explorer, Focus, and Mustang. Hot laps were available for fans in the Shelby GT500, Focus ST, and Fiesta ST.