Unless you've been living in an off-the-grid cabin in the woods for the last couple of weeks or abstain entirely from social media activities, you've probably seen someone you know dump a bucket of ice and water over their own head recently. While the origins of the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge are shrouded in a history typical of Internet memes, its effectiveness in raising money and awareness for the ALS Association has been astonishing.

Celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sports, technology and more have generated untold millions of video views in support of the organization that is helping patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), and generated a much needed influx of cash, as well. Recent reports have some $15.6M raised in the last two weeks.

Of course, the big-hearted world of automotive celebrities has taken part in the drenching charity effort as well. Follow on below for some of the biggest names on four wheels getting iced for charity, with a smattering of your favorite Autobloggers thrown in for good measure.

And, if you've taken the challenge yourself (or have had the gauntlet thrown down), share your own video by leaving us a link in Comments, or tweeting us with #IceBucketChallenge to @therealautoblog. You can also skip the fuss and just donate to ALS directly, but make sure you at least watch Elon Musk get soaked before you do.

UPDATE: Chrysler/SRT bigwig and all-around cool car guy Ralph Gilles has graciously responded to our challenge. You can see his soaking in the video added below. Additionally, Autoblog's own Jeremy Korzeniewski has stepped up to the charity bucket as well, so be sure to watch his icy bath, too.
Mark Fields



The CEO of Ford Motor Company might be a little stiff on camera (bring back the mullet, Mark!), but his heart is in the right place. Challenged by the CEO of the Miami Dolphins, we think Fields could have gone a little stronger in terms of water and ice quantity with the vast resources of the Blue Oval at his back, but his heart's in the right place. (Note: the buzzkills at Ford's Facebook page haven't made the video embeddable, so click here to watch Mark do his thing.)



Danica Patrick



It's no surprise that Danica Patrick was one of the very first car-celebs to have turned up with an IBC video when we started looking – the multi-discipline racing driver has been a media darling for the entirety of her career and is no stranger to the viral video. Challenged by Krissie Newman, wife of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman (watch her get doused, here), Danica also goes to show that the IBC has spread deep into the heart of oval-track racing.



Courtney Force



Slightly less-well-known than Danica, but no less lovely in our humble opinion, National Hot Rod Association drag racer (and part-time reality television star) Courtney Force has also gotten in on the action. Iced by her whole racing crew, the water dumpers in this particular IBC seem to be enjoying themselves more than most – perhaps Courtney had it coming?



Elon Musk



Elon Musk is nothing by innovative, even when it comes to the IBC. Musk breaks with tradition by neither calling out the person that challenged him, or passing the challenge on to others, but he does have one of the best bucket-dumping gadgets. Posted to the official Space X YouTube page (sorry, Tesla), Musk has five strings pulled by his five sons, dumping five buckets of icy charity on his head.



Dale Earnhardt Jr.



Like we mentioned with Danica, the IBC is spreading through the ranks of NASCAR like cold, wet, wildfire. Nominated by Ryan Kerrigan and Pierre Garcon of the NFL's Washington Redskins, Jr. takes his bucket in complete stride (He's also wearing a hat, which feels a little like cheating, but we digress.) Earnhardt, in turn, nominates his crew chief Steve Letarte and his teammate Jimmie Johnson (who initially resisted, but eventually relented... they always do).



Larry Page And Sergey Brin



Yes, Page and Brin are the co-founders of Google, not "automotive" celebrities, per se. That said, with Google on the very bleeding edge of autonomous car development, we figured there'd be more than a few of you driving enthusiasts out there that would enjoy seeing them get soaked in a crowd.



Uhh, Me?

Seyth Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yes, I know I'm not famous, but somewhere along the line, while talking about how it'd be funny to write a list of the car guys and gals that have completed the IBC, one of my fellow editors nominated me to take it on. I'm pretty sure it was multimedia director Adam Morath, with a sadistic twinkle in his eyes. Thusly challenged, and with a great car to class up the video, I figured I'd man up and take the rest of the Autoblog crew down with me in the process.



All Of Autoblog (Well, Some Of Us, Anyway)

Autoblog ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Ladies and gentlemen, I present you our humble editorial staff taking one for charity. Don't worry, we're going to write the ALS Association a fat check, too, but this endeavor wouldn't be quite so satisfying if Autoblog didn't take the plunge as a group. And, as is the IBC charge, we've all called out colleagues in the industry, too, with editor-in-chief Sharon Carty egging on John Krafcik, CEO of TrueCar (and former Hyundai Americas honcho), executive editor Chris Paukert challenging Chrysler/SRT's affable design and performance guru Ralph Gilles, and Morath calling out Translogic video series host Jonathon Buckley. Also participating in the collective dampness are Pete Bigelow, Steven Ewing, Erin Marquis, Greg Migliore and Chris McGraw.

UPDATE:

Ralph Gilles has accepted our challenge, posting the video below to YouTube:




Additionally, Autoblog's own Jeremy Korzeniewski wasn't able to join the team at the office, but in the spirit of solidarity and charity, he found his own bucket:



Translogic Host Jonathon Buckley accepts the challenge from series executive producer Adam Morath, and in turn nominates Translogic's director of photography, Tomi Skarica.



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      Rick C.
      • 4 Months Ago

      Yes, ABSOLUTELY abstain entirely from stupid social media activities.

      tump
      • 4 Months Ago
      Please stop doing this crap in California. It's an amazingly dumb waste of water. We have less than a 12 month supply of water and people are literally pouring it out.
        Bernard
        • 4 Months Ago
        @tump

        If they do it over a bathtub or inflatable pool they can reuse the water for irrigation.

        mapoftazifosho
        • 4 Months Ago
        @tump

        Agreed 100%. This is also infuriating!

        http://www.techtimes.com/articles/10906/20140722/nestle-still-bottling-water-from-california-during-drought.htm

      Car Guy
      • 4 Months Ago

      Can't people donate without the "look at me" videos anymore?  There is an old saying that says when you give to someone in need, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.  Do it with humility. 

        Bernard
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Car Guy

        I think the idea is to put the attention on ALS, not the rich/famous people. Unfortunately American's are fixated on the famous, so the ALS charities are using them to promote awareness of the disease. Of course this would be a lot more clear if more of the challenge acceptors actually took the time to explain what ALS is and why we should care.

        Gimics
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Car Guy

        If money is being raised for a good cause, does it really matter? The alternative in this whole social media craze would literally mean that no one finds out, and no money is donated.

        Larry Litmanen
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Car Guy

        Humility? In 2014? Boy you must be crazy.

        Narom
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Car Guy

        Exactly. Its the only reason Autoblog have done it because no one would bother to nominate them. Sorta defeats the whole object!

      bofdem
      • 4 Months Ago

      Enough - just donate money for the love of God.

      icemilkcoffee
      • 4 Months Ago

      Anyone doing this stunt in drought ridden California, deserves to be doused with raw sewage.

        skierpage
        • 4 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee

        Get over yourself. The average California household uses around 360 gallons of water a day. An extra 5 gallons exactly once per person is a drop in the bucket.

          LongDucDong
          • 4 Months Ago
          @skierpage

          Multiply that by 10s of 1000s of people doing the stupid ALS challenge, and thats a blatant waste of water.

      LuvGermanCars
      • 4 Months Ago

      Am I the only tired of hearing about these darn IBC's? Just make a donation and move along... 

      Larry
      • 4 Months Ago

      Wouldn't it just be a lot easier to make an anonymous donation without dousing yourself in cold water for all of your internet "friends" to see? This is more about the people in the videos than ALS awareness.

      RC
      • 4 Months Ago

      Lets think about this for a minute. Where is the money going? Is it in the interest of big pharma to actually find a cure? I think we can do more by eating a LFRV diet, and having bulletproof health.

        Bernard
        • 4 Months Ago
        @RC

        Rich people have it, so finding a cure is essential.

          RC
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Bernard

          Yes and no. They, like us have been conditioned to follow the norms.

      mikeybyte1
      • 4 Months Ago

      It was cute as first, and definitely drove attention to ALS, which I had never heard of. Now every other news report and social media posting is a bucket video. I simply ignore it. As others have pointed out, it is all about dumping ice water now.

      Read Tull
      • 4 Months Ago
      To all the people posting comments: Yes, this is a social media "fad". Great marketing idea for a great cause. And it's working. So what if you look like an idiot on facebook. 
      Peter_G
      • 4 Months Ago

      1: Danica does not need to sit down for someone to dump water on her (Danica = petite)

      2: There was ice in that bucket? Looked like all water.

      3: Enough with this whole bit, along with planking and every other dumb trend that has come along. Granted that this was for a good cause, but if you don't know about ALS then odds are you don't have money to donate anyway.

      Stinkyboy
      • 4 Months Ago

      getting sick of all these @$$ phucket challenges. just donate privately. we don't care who you are or how much you give.

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