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Racing legend donates car from personal collection

POSTED: August 27, 2014 4:00 a.m.
Michele Hester Dawson Community News/

NASCAR legend Bill Elliott last week donated a 1937 Ford from his private collection that will be raffled off to raise money to support the Dawsonville History Museum.

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NASCAR legend Bill Elliott last week donated a 1937 Ford from his private collection that will be raffled off to raise money to support the Dawsonville History Museum.

"It's for a good cause and that's all that matters. Maybe it'll bring a lot of money. That's what we need it to do," Elliott said.

The Gibbon Fiberglass car was built in the late ‘80s and has a 356 cubic inch 351 Ernie Elliott-built engine.

"I've probably driven it 100 miles in 20 years," Bill Elliott said.

The car will be auctioned off during the 47th annual Mountain Moonshine Festival in October.

"It's being donated to the live auction portion of the Moonshine Festival for the Dawsonville History Museum which has just last week received its official 501c3 status," said Cindy Elliott, the NASCAR champion's wife and a Georgia Racing Hall of Fame board member.

There will also be a silent auction leading up to the festival.

"The silent auction portion will open on Wednesday the week of festival and will run all the way through Saturday at 1 p.m.," Cindy Elliott said. "Everything will be on display right inside the doors of the alleyway of the hall of fame. Then, 10 minutes after the close of the live auction, the silent auction will begin.

"We hope a lot of people will come out and support us. We hope a lot of the local businesses will give donations to support the silent and live auctions."

The Mountain Moonshine Festival will be held Oct. 25 and 26 in downtown Dawsonville.

 

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