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.
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|
|Rusty & Steve Wallace||Driver||NASCAR|
|3 Doors Down||Celebrity||Music Stars|
|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|
|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”|
|Tony Hawk||Celebrity||Pro Skateboarder|
|Vida Guerra||Celebrity||“Livin’ The Low Life”|