High Fives Foundation to Auction Shirley, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ Classic 1957 Willys Jeep, at Hot August Nights Hot Rod Convention
Proceeds from sale of this classic ride will support non-profit charity High Fives Foundation’s “Marines to the Mountains” program benefitting U.S. Marines injured in combat
Meet Shirley, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ 1957 Willys Jeep 6-226 Wagon. Courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and the High Fives Foundation announce the sale of Shirley, a custom-restored 1957 Willys Jeep 6-226 Wagon, at this year’s Hot August Nights classic car convention on Friday, August 7. Proceeds from Shirley’s charity auction will benefit High Fives Foundation’s “Marines to the Mountains” program, which provides U.S. Marines injured in combat with opportunities to conquer the slopes. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows purchased Shirley in 2012, and donated the ride to High Fives Foundation earlier this year.
“We couldn’t be more excited to donate Shirley to an inspiring program like High Fives Foundation’s ‘Marines to the Mountains’ initiative”, said Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows CEO Andy Wirth. “The High Fives Foundation has a longstanding and important relationship with our resort, and we’re proud to support an organization that works to better the lives of recovering athletes and military personnel”.
The complete auction package includes:
- Shirley, a 1957 Willys Jeep 6-226 Wagon
- 2 Gold Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows season passes
- 2 outfits provided by The North Face
- 2 pairs of Oakley sunglasses
- 2 pairs of Head skis
Chasing a Classic
Shirley, the 1957 Willys Jeep 6-226 Wagon, first came to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in 2012, when the resort’s CEO Andy Wirth and Olympian Jonny Moseley tapped car-collecting legend Wayne Carini, of the hit TV program Chasing Classic Cars, to help find a heavy-duty ride that could have roamed the Tahoe area during the 1960 Olympic Games hosted at Squaw Valley. With Wayne’s help, the team purchased Shirley in 2012. The newly restored vehicle includes the following upgrades and features:
- Correct 6-226 Super Hurricane inline 6-cylinder engine
- 226/115 HP engine; 190 ft. lbs. of torque
- T90 3-speed transmission
- 4-wheel drive
- Front and rear split windows
- Navy blue/Tartan interior
- Full carpeting
- New wide whitewall tires
- Custom chrome wheel covers with hand-painted Willys emblems
- Luggage rack with vintage luggage
- Original Willys Overland heater
“Marines to the Mountains” Charity Benefit
Proceeds from Shirley’s sale will contribute to High Fives Foundation’s “Marines to the Mountains” program. During the 2015-16 winter season, ten Marines injured during service will visit Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, accompanied by Jacob Schick, a third-generation Marine who suffered multiple injuries in Iraq and was featured in the movie American Sniper. Jacob is a past recipient of a High Fives Foundation grant for skiing with Disabled Sports USA and the High Fives Crew at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. This grant will allow him to share his experience conquering the slopes with ten deserving Marines.
Shirley is one of less than eight thousand 1957 Willys Jeeps ever made, and still features the car’s original VIN/Serial number details. The truck is expected to earn between $50,000 and $70,000 at auction. The charity auction for Shirley will take place at the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The car will be sold at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, August 7. Bidding can be done in-person, online and via phone. Click here for complete information and bid registration.
About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned ski resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 skiable acres. The resort features 42 lifts and 270 trails, as well as the European-inspired Village at Squaw Valley featuring nearly 60 bars, restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. Snowfall averages 450 inches, providing one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe, and establishing Squaw Alpine as a top destination for spring skiing and boarding. Squaw Alpine also boasts one of the region’s only mountain-top beginner areas and several intermediate skier havens including Shirley Lake and the newly renamed Pacific Crest Bowls.
About High Fives Foundation
High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, based in Truckee, CA, became an official 501c.3 non-profit on January 19, 2009. Founded by Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe-based Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries. For more information, visit www.highfivesfoundation.org.
About Hot August Nights
Hot August Nights, a nonprofit organization, is the world’s premier classic car event, annually drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants to northern Nevada to revel in nostalgia, classic cars and top entertainers from the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Participants take part in a variety of events including Show-n-Shines, controlled cruises, the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson and more. The 2015 main event takes place Aug. 2—9 in Reno/Sparks. For more information, visit www.hotaugustnights.net.
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