Over the weekend the world famous Barrett Jackson Auction took place in Scottsdale, Arizona. More often than not major OEMs will take advantage of all the media attention that the event brings by auctioning off a “first off the line” vin 001 vehicle from a new production model. Ford usually does it whenever there is a new Mustang, Chevrolet did it with the Stingray, and now it looks like Acura is the latest OEM to jump on this train as they brought the very first production 2017 Acura NSX to the Barrett Jackson Auction with the hopes of raising big bucks.
The auction winner was none other than Rick Hendrick, the owner of Hendrick Motorsports AKA one of the biggest teams in NASCAR. Hendrick won the NSX to the tune of 1.2 million dollars which is the highest price a vin 001 vehicle has fetched at the Auction. Before you get too jealous that he got to buy an NSX before everyone else, you should note that this auction was for charity. All the proceeds from the auction will be split between the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground. Those are two great groups well deserving of the cash.
The rest of us will be able to put orders in for the 2017 Acura NSX starting February 25th, 2016 at select dealers. The online configurator will launch that same day as well; that will also be the day that the internet breaks as all of us who can’t afford a NSX (including me) will spend all day on that configurator dreaming about what could be. Sigh…
Anyhow, you may not be able to get an NSX but if you can still help out the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (CureTheKids.org) and Camp Southern Ground (CampSouthernGround.org) by visiting their websites to learn more about them and find ways that you can help their causes.
Jan 29, 2016 – SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At the auctioneer’s final call, the next-generation 2017 Acura NSX supercar tonight smashed the record for a vehicle auction at Barrett-Jackson for the highest-selling designated vehicle identification number (VIN) 001 with the final hammer price set at $1.2 million. Winning bidder Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and founder of Hendrick Automotive Group, has earned the right to custom order the first production model of Acura’s highly anticipated NSX, which comes to market this spring. All proceeds of the auction will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, based in North Carolina, and Camp Southern Ground in Georgia, the passion project of Grammy® Award-winning music artist Zac Brown.
“It was amazing to witness such generosity of spirit and passion for the new NSX,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “Mr. Hendrick will have the great satisfaction of owning and driving the very first next-generation NSX, and making a difference in the lives of thousands of children.”
Customer ordering for the 2017 NSX will begin on Feb. 25 at authorized NSX retailers, in concert with the launch of the Acura NSX on-line vehicle configurator on Acura.com.
About Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is the leading nonprofit funder of research into one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. Our programs also include free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors, emergency financial aid and mission-focused events such as Ride for Kids and the Starry Night 8.5K. Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor cancer death in children between the ages of 0-19. More than 28,000 young people in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, and nearly 13 new cases are identified each day. To help us cure the kids, call 800-253-6530 or go to www.curethekids.org.
About Camp Southern Ground
Nestled on over 400 acres in the farmlands of Georgia, Camp Southern Ground is the passion project of GRAMMY-Award winning artist Zac Brown. Inspired by Brown’s personal experience as a camp counselor, this state-of-the-art facility will serve children, ages 7-17, from all backgrounds, races and religions. There will be a special focus on young people with neurobehavioral challenges, at risk populations and children from military families. For more information, please visit http://www.campsouthernground.org/.