Mike Ashley’s 2007 Dodge Charger Nitro Funny Car
West Palm beach, fla. –– Drag racing champion Mike Ashley’s 2007 Custom Nitro Funny Car was sold to Ken Lingenfelter during Barrett-Jacksons Palm Beach Collector Car Auction to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, a Florida-based nonprofit and an official charity of Barrett-Jackson.
The Dodge Charger that Ashley drove to victory in the 2007 MAC Tools U.S. Nationals was auctioned off on April 10, 2009 during the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Event” in West Palm Beach. Proceeds will support the Foundation’s paralysis prevention, care and advocacy work.
The car was designed by Chip Foose as tribute to the Eric Blake Faulkner Foundation which has helped families with stillborn children. Donnie and Hollie Faulkner have been the proprietors of the traveling Oakley merchandising trailer that has covered the 23-race National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Drag Racing Series. Ashley raced the car once and won with it in the U.S. Nationals.
“We’re thrilled to sell this car with such an incredible story,” Foundation president Darrell Gwynn said. It’s connected to tremendous causes.”
Gwynn, a former NHRA star who is paralyzed from a 1990 racing accident, created the Foundation in 2002 to raise money for donating custom wheelchairs, providing long-term services for new spinal cord injury patients, funding paralysis research, and getting the public involved and educated about ways to avoid paralyzing injuries.