Gale Banks Joins Racing Legends Signing Pinewood Racer for SEMA Charity Auction

The highly-anticipated second annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Race, presented by eBay Motors, will be held on August 1, 2009, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena.

Banks Power will be represented this year with a red and black mini-racer which will carry the signature of company President and founder Gale Banks.

Banks is one of well over one hundred legendary personalities from the automotive world who have personalized Pinewood Derby cars built by kids in the Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp programs especially for this event. The race was established in 2008 to raise money for the two charities. Childhelp is an organization that assists abused and neglected children, and Victory Junction Gang Camp provides life-changing camping experiences to disabled and chronically ill children.

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All of the Pinewood cars will be on display at the Pasadena Civic on race day August 1 and, starting at 10am, each will take its turn on the 50-foot-long downhill dragstrip. Later that afternoon all of the uniquely-autographed Pinewood cars will be auctioned off to the public. Last year’s auction took in $40,000 for the two charities, and with the list of automotive legends who have (personally!) added their names this year, anticipation is sky high on the fans bettering that number.

The day-long series of drag races is one of the main attractions of Specialty Equipment Market Association’s inaugural “Show’N’Shine” event at the newly-refurbished Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Old Town Pasadena. An indoor car show, this brand new event will feature Classics, Hot Rods, Muscle, Rat Rods, and all manner of special interest cars and trucks in a elegant car show setting. Noted car designer Chip Foose will serve as the show’s Grand Marshall.

Unlike the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, this exhibition is open to the public and costs only $5.00 to attend (kids under 12 are free) with all proceeds going to benefit the above two children’s charities. The day-long (9am -3pm) event will be followed by the annual SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, where the 2009 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.

Gravity-powered Pinewood Derby cars have been around since 1953 when the first races were staged by a Los Angeles Scoutmaster who thought the idea up as an inexpensive alternative to building a full-scale Soap Box Derby entry. The idea caught on, and literally millions of such 5-ounce wooden racers have been carved, colorfully-painted, and enthusiastically raced all over the world

In an entry confirmation letter to Banks Power, event organizer Eric Saltrick, of SEMA member company Steele Rubber of Denver, North Carolina said:“For me, the ‘Legends’ that we have gotten involved, like Mister Banks, has made this a very amazing project to be involved with … these are my heroes: Shelby, Banks, Petty, Andretti, Garlits, Prudhomme, Bernstein, Guthrie, Muldowney …”.

We can only add a big “THANK YOU Eric!” (and all the other SEMA members who have worked so hard on this one). See you in Pasadena!

THE STARTING LINEUP
2009 SEMA PINEWOOD GRAND PRIX FOR CHARITY

THE FOLLOWING AUTOMOTIVE ICONS, DRIVERS, CELEBRITIES, ACTIVE RACING DRIVERS, SEMA MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF SEMA HAVE ALL PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED KID-BUILT PINEWOOD DERBY CARS THAT WILL RACE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 IN PASADENA AND THEN GO UP ON THE AUCTION BLOCK THAT AFTERNOON TO THE PUBLIC TO BENEFIT THE CHILDHELP AND VICTORY JUNCTION GANG CAMP CHILDREN’S CHARITIES.

Andy Granatelli Automotive Icon Innovator
Bobby Allison Automotive Icon NASCAR
Carroll Shelby Automotive Icon Innovator
Connie Kalitta Automotive Icon NHRA
Craig Breedlove Automotive Icon Land Speed Racing
Dave McClelland Automotive Icon Legendary NHRA Announcer
Dennis Anderson Automotive Icon “The Grave Digger” Truck
Don Garlits Automotive Icon Drag Racing
Don Prudhomme Automotive Icon Drag Racing
Gale Banks Automotive Icon Innovator
Janet Guthrie Automotive Icon Indy Racing
Joe Amato Automotive Icon NHRA
Johnny Rutherford Automotive Icon 3-Time Indy Winner
Lynn St. James Automotive Icon Indy Racing
Mario Andretti Automotive Icon World Champ/Indy Winner
Marvin Panch Automotive Icon NASCAR
Richard Petty Automotive Icon 200 NASCAR ‘Cup Wins
Shirley Muldowney Automotive Icon NHRA
The Wood Brothers Automotive Icon NASCAR
Tiger Tom Pistone Automotive Icon Stock Car Racing
Alex Lloyd Driver Indy Racing League
Danica Patrick Driver Indy Racing League
Dario Franchitti Driver Indy Racing League
Heilo Castroneves Driver Indy Racing League
Marco Andretti Driver Indy Racing League
Ryan Briscoe Driver Indy Racing League
Sarah Fisher Driver Indy Racing League
Scott Dixon Driver Indy Racing League
Tony Kannan Driver Indy Racing League
Will Power Driver Indy Racing League
Jamie McMurray Driver NASCAR
Kasey Kahne Driver NASCAR
Kurt Busch Driver NASCAR
Rusty & Steve Wallace Driver NASCAR
Allen Johnson Driver NHRA
Cory McClenathan Driver NHRA
Cruz Pedregon Driver NHRA
Doug Kalitta Driver NHRA
Greg Anderson Driver NHRA
Hillary Will Driver NHRA
Jack Beckman Driver NHRA Jeff Arend Driver NHRA Larry Dixon Driver NHRA Matt Hagan Driver NHRA Melanie Troxel Driver NHRA Mike Edwards Driver NHRA Ron Capps Driver NHRA Tony Pedregon Driver NHRA Tony Schumacher Driver NHRA 3 Doors Down Celebrity Music Stars Carrot Top Celebrity Comedian Chip Foose Designer “Overhaulin” Chuck Norris Celebrity Movie-TV Star Clint Black Celebrity Country Music Star Courtney Hansen Celebrity “Powerblock TV’ Davis Love III Pro Golfer PGA Dennis Gage Celebrity “My Classic Car” Dog the Bounty Hunter Celebrity TV Star Frank Callendo Celebrity Comedian Guy Fieri Celebrity Food Network Star Hosts: Muscle Car TV Celebrity “Muscle Car TV” Hosts: Extreme 4x4TV Celebrity “Extreme 4×4 TV” Hosts: Horsepower TV Celebrity “Horsepower TV” Hosts: Trucks! TV Celebrity “Trucks! TV” Jay Leno Celebrity Car Collector Larry The Cable Guy Celebrity Movie-TV Star Lee Greenwood Celebrity Music Star Mike Rowe Celebrity “Dirty Jobs” Ryan Friedtnghaus Celebrity “Street Customs” Sam Memmolo Celebrity “Two Guys Garage” Stacy David Celebrity “Gearz” Tony Hawk Celebrity Pro Skateboarder Vida Guerra Celebrity “Livin’ The Low Life”

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