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While the main focus of Barrett-Jackson is the cars, quite a few charities benefited from the sale of many of the cars. Several people donated money to charities even when they didn't buy a car, proving that many of the bidders have hearts just as big as their wallets. This Monte Carlo SS NEXTEL Cup car driven by Jeff Gordon was a prime example, raising thousands of dollars for Rick Hendrick's charity to benefit the National Marrow Donor Program. Hendrick himself is a survivor of leukemia, and has used his success to help others facing life-threatening diseases. Of course, the buyer's $550,000 (after auction fees) did get something in return: a #24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS that was raced 14 times in the 2006 and 2007 NASCAR seasons, winning two races and capturing four top-five finishes. The car also includes a race-winning engine, Certificate of Authenticity, race day photos and videos, and a personal invite from Hendrick to come hang out with the team at one of the races during the next season. More details on the car in the official description after the break.

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2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Jeff Gordon #24

This Jeff Gordon #24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo raced 14 times in the '06 & '07 seasons winning 2 races at the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2006, and the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 13, 2007. In addition to the wins, this car had four Top Five finishes and five Top Ten finishes. This car comes built complete by the Hendrick Motorsports #24 Race Shop and includes a certified Jeff Gordon winning SB2 358cid V8 race engine. The car will come with extensive documentation, Certificates of Authenticity as well as race day photos and videos. Proceeds from the sale to benefit The Hendrick Marrow Program. Rick Hendrick is best known for his NASCAR championships and Nextel Cup Series victories as the owner of Hendrick Motorsports. In 1996, his winning ways broadened beyond the Winner's Circle when he became a champion for people facing life-threatening diseases that can be treated with a bone marrow transplant. That was the year the popular NASCAR team owner became a leukemia survivor. After his 1996 leukemia diagnosis, Hendrick quickly realized the urgent need for more donors on the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry. He decided to use his diagnosis and make a difference in the lives of others. Today, the Hendrick Marrow Program helps secure private resources to support the NMDP's critical work. **SOLD ON A BILL OF SALE**