CHAMPCAR/CART: CARA Charities annual online auction

'Runway Madness Viva Las Vegas' Online Auction now running with exciting items up for bid. ONTARIO, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2002) -- The popular 'runway madness Viva Las Vegas' charity extravaganza set for Friday, Nov. 1, has already opened its doors...

'Runway Madness Viva Las Vegas' Online Auction now running with exciting items up for bid.

ONTARIO, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2002) -- The popular 'runway madness Viva Las Vegas' charity extravaganza set for Friday, Nov. 1, has already opened its doors for participants with the annual online auction of valuable racing items and 'one-off' products for CARA Charities.

The auction website, featuring a variety of racing collectables and entertaining specialty gifts, will be found on www.auction.caraux.org.

This year's charity event, a kickoff for the Nov. 3 The 500 presented by Toyota at California Speedway, will feature a Las Vegas theme and will have four continuous activities including a Lounge Stage, a full casino, special VIP (high roller) gambling room and a silent auction.  The online auction will be a separate portion of the charity event.

"Runway madness Viva Las Vegas" is an annual benefit dinner and party held prior to the CART race at California Speedway and is a primary fundraiser for CARA Charities to assist worthwhile causes on a national and international scope.

Since its inception in 1981, CARA Charities has raised and donated more $3.5 million to a variety of charitable organizations including children's hospitals, scholarship funds, ministries and research groups and continues to provide assistance to other charitable activities.  This year's event charities will include the Ontario Fire and Police "Spark of Life" Fund.  

The CARA Charities online auction will run until Nov 1st, midnight (EST).

The "Red Hot" items close Nov 1st at 5:00 p.m. -- 8:00p.m. (EST).  These items will be bid on during the last two hours on Nov. 1 before the section closes (as last year).

This is the first of three section closings at the event and last year produced a huge amount of excitement in the auction area.  Some of the items in this area are Michael Schumacher Autographed Ferrari Hat, Toyota Atlantics Checkered Flag Autographed by all Atlantics drivers, Kenny Brack Firesuit Race Worn & Autographed, 2002 Rockingham Program Autographed by Jackie Stewart and a Real Champion Limited Edition Hat (Cristiano da Matta donated it, then autographed it for this event.)

The other silent auction sections are "Purple Haze" and "Gold Nugget".  Some of the items in these sections are Bridgestone Flag Autographed by CART FedEx Drivers, Owners and Dignitaries; Dr. Steve Olvey Firesuit Autographed; Montana Fly Fishing Trip & Equipment; TRD Race Winning Plenum Top RV8F; Boyz to Men Autographed Hat; 2002 Race Winner Autograph Collection; TRD Race Winning Engine Cam Cover; Wine Storage System Filled with Wine and SAP US Grand Prix 2002 Program Autographed by winner Rubens Barrichello.

A new aspect this year is the Sealed Bid Auction section.  Items here include three-day Racing School Package; Napa Valley Trip for 4; Executive Desk & Chair made from one half the under pan of a Reynard Champ car and a Viva Las Vegas Edition Signed Simpson Race Helmet.

Other items include race worn parts from Champ cars, driver used items such as shoes, gloves, visors; pit crew shirts and team apparel, and racing art and collectibles.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Kenny Brack , Jackie Stewart , Cristiano da Matta