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Braselton Bash is Big

Over $120,000 raised for Progeria Research

Larry Jewett - September 18, 2011 11:27 AM

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The YearOne headquarters in Brasleton, Georgia, was transformed into the site of one of the biggest car shows of the season in the region. With over 350 cars on hand, the parking lot was filled and the adjoining lawn area, home of the special Chip Foose-judged section, gave those in attendance a great opportunity to appreciate cars.

Chip Foose was signing autographs in addition to his judging duties. The show is a benefit for the Hot Rodder's Children Charities, who in turn donate the money to the Progeria Research Foundation. Foose and a number of others had gathered the night before for the traditional poker championship that raised additional funds. Car show entries and proceeds from a silent auction were other ways that money was raised on the day of the show.

The car show featured a myriad of machinery that ranged across the gamut. A rat rod or two, some hydraulically-equipped lowriders, cars featured in lifestyle magazines for their special touches, trucks and even a Volkswagen Beetle (and Karmann Ghia) with front engines could be found throughout the GM, Mopar and Ford products. A children's area featuring some bounce houses and slides occupied the youngsters so mom and dad could reminisce and dream of cars.

At the conlusion of the show, the crowd gathered at the DJ trailer to see the results of the judging and fundraising. Sam, the Progeria Foundation's spokesperson, made the trip to YearOne. He and his family had to leave at 4 a.m. to catch a flight from the Northeast. Sam had performed as a drummer with his high school band on Friday night. but told his dad he wasn't going to miss the Georgia show.

Sam and the members of the Progeria Reserach Foundation were all smiles when the check for $120,678.18 was presented. Follwing that, Chip Foose presented his award to Donald Hess jr., owner of a sharp Ford Galaxie. As the presentation was underway, Hess's cell phone rang, a call from his wife. Foose answered the phone and spoke to her, causing roars of laughter from the crowd. South Carolina's Frank Direnzo won the popular vote competition with his '57 Chevy.

YearOne will be sponsoring the Jackson County MegaFest on October 15  at Gresham Motorsports park in Jefferson. The final Braselton Bash is scheduled for November 19.

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