WELCOME, NC (April 29, 2020) – An original No. 3 Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt highlights the thousands of rare, hard-to-find and exclusive items available to collectors through an auction and sale of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress’ personal collection of memorabilia. All proceeds will benefit national and local COVID-19 relief efforts.
Earnhardt made select NASCAR Cup Series starts in this intermediate-style Chevrolet at tracks such as Bristol Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Rockingham Speedway and Darlington Raceway between 1996 and 1999. Highlighted by a win at Rockingham Speedway in 1996, Earnhardt did not finish worse than fourth with Chassis No. 22 in its first three on-track appearances.
This marks the first time that Childress has parted with an original Earnhardt car from his collection.
"I’ve grown my personal collection of memorabilia throughout my career in NASCAR and have especially enjoyed the Dale Earnhardt cars in my collection because they each have such a unique history that bring back priceless memories of my years winning and racing with Dale," said Childress. "I’ve never parted with an Earnhardt Chevrolet from my collection, but with a global pandemic taking place and people in our communities suffering, it’s time to do what I can to help. All proceeds will benefit much-needed causes to fight the devastating effects of COVID-19 on a local and national level."
A variety of national and local causes will benefit from the auction and sale, with Childress contributing all proceeds to various COVID-19 relief efforts, including providing support to national and local first responders and front-line workers in need of personal protection equipment. A portion of proceeds will also benefit Feeding America, which is providing meals to children out of school, providing support to food banks and continuing the distribution of essential food and non-food household items.
The car will be auctioned exclusively through the Barrett-Jackson Online Only May 2020 Auction beginning May 8, 2020, with the sale of the Earnhardt race car ending on May 16. To register to bid, visit: https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Bidder/Home/AddRegistration
"We’re incredibly honored to assist Richard Childress with the sale of this historically important car during this crucial time in our nation’s history," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "Not only is this a rare chance to own an original race car from his NASCAR collection, but it’s a chance to come together as Americans and help those who have been affected by COVID-19."
In addition to the car, Childress’ personal memorabilia collection includes a variety of rare and hard-to-find items, including pre-production models of diecasts, some of which never went into production. Those items are available on eBay at https://www.ebay.com/str/RichardChildresscollection.