When you think of Barrett-Jackson Auto Auctions, what are the first things that usually come to mind, one off custom cars? Resto-modded 1970 Chevelles? 1956 Nomad wagons? Or like me, Volkswagens. Well most people don’t realize how many charities that Barrett-Jackson is associated with and support through their auctions, The 2015 Reno auction was no different with multiple cars rolling over the stage with 100% of the proceeds going to charities (no bidder or buyer fees on these auctions) but with one particular car being close to our heart and the hearts of skiers near and far, Lot 3000.
Lot 3000 is a pristine 1957 Willys Jeep Wagon with a Super Hurricane flathead 6 and was donated by Squaw Valley to The High Fives organization to help seed their “Marines to the Mountain” Program. High Fives “Marines to the Mountain” program is a new endeavor for the Tahoe based non-profit organization that was initially set up to help snow sport athletes who suffered life altering injuries. Presenting the 1957 Willys were good friends Roy Tuscany, President/Founder of High Fives, Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley, Jonny Moseley, Olympic gold Medalist and Squaw Valley local along with Jacob “Jake” Schick, a third generation Marine who suffered multiple injuries in Iraq and was featured in the movie “American Sniper” and the first recipient of the ten grants for this program. Jake was invited to Squaw Valley in March this past year to learned how to ski with the help of this program and Squaw Valley’s Adaptive Ski School.
I had a great conversation with Andy Wirth who gave me a bit of history on the Willys and how it came into Squaws hands. Andy & Jonny wanted a vehicle to commemorate the 1960 Winter Games that was held at Squaw Valley, they came to the conclusion that a Willys wagon was the quintessential definition of the first SUV that families drove to Squaw Valley in the 50’s and 60’s. With the help of Wayne Carini and the TV show “Chasing Classic Cars” they were able to secure this 1957 Willys at the Monterey Auto Auction that had received a compete restoration in 2012. Over the past couple of years, the Willys has been used in many publicity shots with Jonny at Squaw along with parades and other mountain celebrations. The sale of the Jeep raised $50,000 for this groundbreaking program that will be set up to help ten deserving Marines. Thank You Squaw Valley along with contributions/donations from Head Skis, The North Face and Oakley.
The winners with Andy Wirth, Jake Schick, Roy Tuscany, Craig Jackson and Jonny Moseley
Ready to go home with it's new owners.
Included in the package:
Head Rally Skis
2 The North Face full kits
2 Passes to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
2 Oakley packages