Mecum Offers Special Camaro

Funds Benefit Operation Mend

Larry Jewett - October 05, 2011 02:35 PM


This car will be sold Friday, October 7 in Dallas.

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Dana Mecum, president of The Mecum Auction Company, and Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs(r), have joined forces to offer a custom 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible to raise funds for Operation Mend.
Operation Mend is a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the Veterans Administration-Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System established to help treat U.S. military personnel severely wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The car will debut at the Mecum Dallas Auction, Oct. 6-8, 2011 at the Dallas Convention Center in Texas. The team at Mecum Auctions will sell the Camaro at no reserve on Friday, Oct.7 at 7:30 p.m. CST, drawing bids from the crowd as well as online and phone bidders.
"Having the opportunity to create and auction a one-off custom Camaro to benefit Operation Mend is an honor for me and the entire West Coast Customs team. Having met patients, families, doctors and volunteers really helped provide inspiration for this build. We have the opportunity to honor the men and women who have dedicated themselves to protect our freedoms, which is a privilege for me," said Friedlinghaus.
"Our company is honored to sell this custom Camaro to benefit Operation Mend, and we are grateful that we can do our part to help the brave men and women who have sacrificed themselves to protect our country and our families here at home," said President Dana Mecum.
All proceeds from the sale of the custom Camaro will be donated to Operation Mend. In addition, the new owner will have the opportunity to drive the Camaro as the lead Grand Marshal car at the Veteran's Day Parade in New York City, Nov. 11, 2011, with Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo in front of 50,000 veterans. The Camaro will also seat returning war heroes who are currently undergoing surgeries at UCLA through Operation Mend to repair faces damaged by IED explosions in Afghanistan and Iraq. To learn more about Operation Mend and watch featured videos of wounded warriors, visit