Wednesday, 24 October 2018 16:46

SEMA, WD-40, Barrett-Jackson Team up to End Child Abuse

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Behind every classic car is a story. The year was 1967.

Cool Hand Luke was playing at the theaters, Johnson was president and the Monkees had a hit TV show. The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band and you could hear “Strawberry Fields Forever” playing out of cars like the stunning 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, a rebuild of which will debut at this year’s SEMA Show. While this car evokes all the memories of the late 60’s Summer of Love, it will race a modern mission of hope and healing into the future for some very needy children.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association and WD-40 have joined forces up to help end child abuse, coming together for a rebuilt of the Camaro to raise funds for Childhelp, one of the oldest and largest nonprofits working to rebuild the lives of abused children. The build, sponsored by WD-40, was executed by SEMA Garage with the help of several automotive partners.

This Camaro will be on display at SEMA Show 2018 in Las Vegas Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 in the Grand Lobby at SEMA Central. In January, it will be auctioned off for the love of a child at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The stunning yellow Camaro is a full restomod, and several SEMA member companies pitched in to get the job done, donating parts to make this car stand out from the crowd. Features include GM E-rod LS3 crate motor, supercharged by Vortech, paint by LGE-CTS, Art Morrison chassis, Baer Big Brakes, Eibach springs, Strange Engineering racing shocks, Budnik Wheels, Roadwire interior, Auto Custom Carpet, Flaming River Steering Column, Camaro Central, PPG Paint, and Magnaflow Exhaust.

“We are enormously grateful for the generosity of our automotive industry partners,” Childhelp Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman Sara O’Meara said. “The collaborative effort of these loyal organizations showcases how we all come together to drive our mission toward a better tomorrow for our children.”

Childhelp Co-Founder, Vice Chairman and President Yvonne Fedderson added, “The road to an abuse-free America is long, but it is paved with love.”

SEMA Cares, the charity arm of SEMA, launched in 2007 with a mission to make a positive impact for children beyond the automotive community. The project to restore this Camaro began a year ago, when WD-40 donated the car to SEMA Garage.
Since 2009, SEMA Cares has directed the building of charity vehicles, which have included a 1953 Ford F100, 2014 Jeep Wrangler and 2012 Dodge Challenger. Each vehicle featured at Barrett-Jackson has sold between $75,000 and $210,000, with proceeds directly benefiting Childhelp and its programs.

Since 1959, Childhelp® has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp’s programs and services include residential treatment services, children’s advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training.

For more information, visit www.childhelp.org.