After the last three WD-40®/SEMA Cares vehicles raised a combined $400,000 for children’s charities during previous shows, Chip Foose and WD-40® Company teamed up this year one more time to build two more custom trucks, a 1953 Ford F-100 and a 2012 Ford F-350, that will eventually be auctioned off to benefit the SEMA Cares program.
This year’s first project vehicle, the WD-40®/SEMA Cares Foose ’53 Ford F-100, was created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of WD-40®. Six decades ago, engineers in San Diego, CA, developed this product to displace moisture on the Atlas missile, and today WD-40® is sold in 187 countries worldwide.
Featuring a vintage “shop truck” look with an updated drive train and suspension, one-off Foose wheels and custom paint, this one-of-a-kind pickup truck looks similar to the truck used to deliver the first case of the product in the early ‘50s, back when the company was called Rocket Chemical Company.
Proceeds from the auctioned vehicle will benefit two SEMA Cares charities—Childhelp®, an organization that provides services to abused and neglected children, and Victory Junction, which provides life-changing camping experiences to special needs and chronically ill children.
WD-40® Brand Manager Shannon Edwards passionately believes in supporting causes that help children while strengthening the automotive industry in the process, she said. “Victory Junction is a great organization and Childhelp offers a wide variety of services to abused and neglected children, as well as to treatment counselors, educators, parents, foster care families the community and law enforcement professionals.”
Leading aftermarket manufacturers and other companies that chipped in to build and promote the vehicle include: Foose Design, Street Scene Equipment, Barrett-Jackson, LMC Truck, L&R Automotive, Egge, MHT Wheels, Pirelli Tires, BASF Paint, American Auto Wire, Painless Performance, Quiet Ride, K&N Filters, Red Kap and McGard.
“This year, we’re upping the ante and building two vehicles – one that pays tribute to WD-40® Company’s history, and one that celebrates some of its newer specialty products that help auto pros like me get the job done right,” Foose explained. “With the help of some great aftermarket partners and a lot of WD-40® brand products, we’ll be able to build two vehicles that honor those who work hard every day.”
The second project vehicle, the WD-40® Specialist/SEMA Cares Foose Ford F-350, is a custom 2012 Ford Super Duty work truck that includes Foose-inspired front and rear wheel flares, side rockers, and custom bodywork, among other upgrades. The vehicle represents the new WD-40® Specialist line of products that help skilled trade professionals get their specific jobs done with ease.
Following its debut at the 2012SEMA Show inside the WD-40® Company booth, this vehicle will hit the road for several months making special appearances before being auctioned to help fund the SEMA Cares scholarship fund. Leading aftermarket manufacturers and other companies that chipped in to build and promote the vehicle include: Foose Design, Street Scene Equipment, Ford, Source Interlink Media, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, DynaTrac, Custom Truck Shop, BFGoodrich, Magnaflow, Takit, Husky Liners, LEER, Katzkin, Pro Comp, Polk Audio, Audio Innovations and PowerBass.
After its unveiling at SEMA, both vehicles will embark on a tour at automobile shows and other events throughout the West, before being auctioned for charity at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, Jan. 13–20, 2013.
Edwards is happy to work with Chip Foose for a wide range of reasons. “He lives our values and makes a lasting impression in everything he does. The way we run our company and the way Chip operates his business are very similar, and that’s why we’re very pleased to be associated with him, especially on great projects like this one.”
Ford Motor Company sold WD-40® its Ford F-350 for one dollar, Edwards said, and in just eight months it went from blueprint to reality. “Ford stepped up and Foose with Mike Spagnola from Street Scene Equipment in Costa Mesa, CA, made this truck a one-of-a-kind vehicle. By using some of the best of the best in this industry, we were able to get two amazing trucks that efficiently communicate our message while capturing a point in the company’s history with the ’53 Ford F-100.” WD-40®’s marketing VP thanked everyone involved, with special kudos for Foose and his finished product.
“These charity vehicles would not have been possible without the hard work and vision of Chip Foose and his team, as well as the time, energy, dedication and resources of our build partners,” said Tim Lesmeister, vice president of marketing for WD-40® Company. “After raising a combined $400,000 for SEMA Cares with our last three project vehicle builds, we expect these trucks to turn a lot of heads and continue to help a great cause.”