While it is not unusual for celebrities and dignitaries to count on the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ for selling their automotive obsessions, for the first time legendary NASCAR team owner Jack Roush will bring out three very special vehicles on Saturday, January 20, 2007 as a part of the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event.
The Cat in the Hat has committed to bringing three very unique and one-of-a-kind cars. The first and potentially the most recognizeable will be a NASCAR road-racing car chassis #RK-007 emblazoned with the familiar #6 on the doors and sporting AAA colors. This NASCAR Nextel Cup series Ford Fusion was, of course, driven by Mark Martin in eight road races from 2003-2006.
More info and pics can be found after the jump.
The second vehicle is the custom 1932 ROUSH Edition Hi-Boy Roadster
. A feasibility study vehicle for a potential ROUSH Performance version of the famous '32 Roadster, it is a one-of-one for which Jack personally chose the engine, a ROUSH Performance 402IR crate motor, making 500 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. torque, and also personally oversaw each step of the build process.
The last but surely not least vehicle to be auctioned
is the infamous "BlackJack" or "Nitemare" Ford Mustang
. This menacing black on black ROUSH Mustang
was Jack's personal car, as well as the feasibility vehicle for a 100-vehicle run of the ROUSHcharged, Stage III Mustangs in 2007.
If you are a Roush Racing fan that's always wondered how to get your hands on some of the good stuff coming out of the doors in Livonia, MI, you can't afford to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on some Roush unobtanium.
FOR THE FIRST TIME, ROUSH TO HEAR THE GAVEL AT BARRETT-JACKSON
, Mich. (January 3, 2007) – For the first time in the history of the company, ROUSH Performance will go on the block – the auction block. On Saturday, January 20 during the 36th Annual Barrett-Jackson
Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Ariz., three cars from Jack Roush's collection will be in the spotlight including a 2006 Ford Mustang
feasibility car, a 1932 ROUSH Hi-Boy Roadster prototype and a NASCAR
Nextel Cup Ford Fusion
from ROUSH Racing's stable which was campaigned by Mark Martin on the road courses from 2003 through 2006.
For those unable to personally attend the auction, live gavel-to-gavel action will be broadcast on SPEED Channel, including the sale of Roush's three vehicles.
During many of the NASCAR races this season Roush personally drove a ROUSH "BlackJack" Ford Mustang
to different events around the racetrack and community, though at the time this car was often referred to as "Nitemare." This was originally built as a feasibility vehicle, designed entirely from Roush's own vision and he personally supervised the construction of this menacing black-on-black car. The moniker was derived from both the color and Roush's first name as homage to his involvement. The car has a polished ROUSHcharger™ which boosts the horsepower to 430
, and a variety of other polished billet aluminum accessories under the hood. This is the prototype for a limited run of 100 ROUSH Stage 3 BlackJack Mustangs to be built by ROUSH Performance in 2007, and is the most powerful Mustang ever made by the legendary tuning company. The "BlackJack" prototype is lot number 1286.1.
A second prototype vehicle Roush is releasing from his personal collection is the custom 1932 ROUSH Edition Hi-Boy Roadster. This is also a feasibility study vehicle for a potential ROUSH Performance version of the famous '32 Roadster, and is a one-of-one vehicle which will not be reproduced in its current form. Always hands-on with his projects, Roush has his vision imprinted throughout this car as well. He personally chose the engine, a ROUSH Performance 402IR crate motor which puts out 500 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. torque. Roush was also responsible for the interior design, choice of the lush burgundy color, and oversaw each step of the build process. This car is listed as lot number 1286.2.
Racing historians are bound to be drawn towards lot number 1286, a NASCAR Nextel Cup Ford Fusion which had been driven by Mark Martin on the road courses for the past four years. Martin drove for Roush for 19 seasons accumulating 35 wins in the prestigious Cup series, the pinnacle of stock car racing. Martin piloted this Ford Fusion in eight races. Its best finish was at Watkins Glen in 2004, where Martin ran third. The car posted top-10 finishes at Watkins Glen in 2003 (10th), Watkins Glen 2004 (3rd), Sonoma 2004 (8th) and Watkins Glen in 2005 (7th). In eight starts it had an average finish of 11.9 and an average starting spot of 9.5. The car is designated by ROUSH Racing as RK-007, and remains as last raced in the 2006 paint scheme of sponsor AAA
, though it also competed in Viagra livery.
"The Barrett-Jackson auction is very exciting for a car enthusiast like me and it will be a thrill to be part of the action this year," said Jack Roush. "I'll be watching the SPEED Channel coverage as my cars come across the auction stage, and hopefully the enthusiasm I have for these three cars will be picked up by the bidders."
Attendees of the January 13-21 auction are invited to visit the ROUSH Performance exhibit which will feature a large sampling of the crate engines the company is offering, and see several installed in a selection of Shelby and Superformance Cobras. The "Reactor" Mustang, which debuted in the ROUSH booth at the 2006 SEMA Show
and captured the Mother's Show and Shine Award, will also be on display.