Lucky Fan Will Ride Off On 'Dream' Motorcycle Created By Award-winning PB Choppers
Sunday, May 28, 2006
PB Choppers Bike
CONCORD, N.C. (May 28, 2006) - The magic of NASCAR artist Sam Bass has merged with the engineering genius of a custom motorcycle designer, producing a partnership with Speedway Children's Charities that will help provide assistance and resources for families all across America.
In an effort to raise money for children's charitable causes, Bass has teamed up with PB Choppers of Moravia, Iowa, to create a specially designed custom motorcycle that will be available for bid in an on-line auction later this year. Proceeds will benefit Speedway Children's Charities (SCC).
The unique bike was unveiled today at Lowe's Motor Speedway during pre-race activities for the Coca-Cola 600 NEXTEL Cup Series event.
The on-line auction will take place Sept. 1-10 at www.sambass.com, giving NASCAR fans across the country the opportunity to bid on a custom motorcycle which features that famous NASCAR-themed style Bass has perfected through the years.
The bike features a rendering of the original artwork from the Bass print "Into the Night" on the gas tank, with the same theme carried onto the front and rear fenders. The print depicts the first race ever run under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1992; showcasing the cars of Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Kyle and Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip.
This custom chopper will be on display at the Speedway Children's Charities raffle trailer at Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Infineon Raceway and the Sturgis Bike Rally.
The gas tank will be autographed by Bass; as well as Martin, Wallace, Waltrip, and Kyle and Richard Petty; significantly increasing the chopper's value and collectability.
"The Wubbens have designed bikes worth winning," said Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) and Sonic Automotive. "Not only will someone ride off on a custom chopper, but children around the country will benefit from the proceeds raised by generous race fans."
The race-inspired motorcycle designed by Bass is the second customized bike PB Choppers has produced for SCC fundraising efforts this year. The first was introduced in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and is in the midst of a season-long tour of tracks owned by SMI. That tour already has raised more than $65,000 for Speedway Children's Charities and will culminate with the winning raffle ticket being drawn in November at Texas Motor Speedway.
Additional information about obtaining raffle tickets on-line or the auction later this year is available by visiting www.speedwaycharities.org or by calling (704) 455-4982.
a.. PB Choppers is an award-winning shop dedicated to crafting the world's finest choppers that exceed the dreams and expectations of motorcycle lovers everywhere. In Sturgis, PB Choppers recently received top honors in the "Biker Build-off" and won second prize in the "Hard Life Class" at Rapid City, S.D.
a.. Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to organizations that meet the direct needs of children. From mentoring programs to camps for special-needs children, the organization impacts the lives of children by supporting organizations that work tirelessly to see that their needs are met and that no child is left behind … regardless of illness, social environment or disability.
Bruton Smith founded Speedway Children's Charities in 1984. The organization has dispersed more than $15 million and has chapters connected to all six SMI tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
a.. Sam Bass is the most accomplished artist in NASCAR. Since 1987, he has created race team graphics for corporate America's leading sponsors, NASCAR team owners and drivers. He also is known for his fine-art original paintings and a distinctive style when it comes to his design of souvenir program covers, racing-themed ad campaigns, posters, apparel and custom shop guitars. His personal studio and motor sports art gallery in Concord are adjacent to Lowe's Motor Speedway. He is the first officially licensed artist of NASCAR. For more information, please call (704) 455-6915 or log onto www.sambass.com.