Snake and Mongoose
Iconic Haulers on Tour
Larry Jewett - August 01, 2013 09:45 AM
Barrett-Jackson is excited to announce that the iconic Hot Wheels Yellow and Red Haulers and the ‘Cuda and Duster Funny Cars raced by legendary drag racers Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen will be on display together for the first time outside of California in 40 years. The haulers and funny cars will be showcased during the inaugural Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center August 8-10. Following the Reno Tahoe event, the cars will go on an exciting and never-before-seen nationwide tour, before being displayed at the sixth annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction and then ultimately crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2014.
The historic cars, which started it all, signify the unique and inspiring story of how two highly competitive Southern California drag racers revolutionized America’s fastest growing sport. Together they mercilessly and humorously competed, bringing their bravery, driving talent, innovative engineering and savvy marketing skills to the sport. In fact, Prudhomme and McEwen put both Hot Wheels and drag racing on the map, as they made their legendary deal with Mattel in 1969, the first true cross-promotion that changed sports marketing forever and brought it mainstream.
Barrett-Jackson is proud to be a part of this beloved story of sports rivalry and friendship, which is being brought to the big screen to once again showcase the groundbreaking successes that turned a pastime into a profession with the movie, Snake and Mongoose.
The film producers joined forces with Barrett-Jackson to set the stage for an unforgettable viewing and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase true American cultural history with the Smithsonian-worthy haulers and funny cars, which are now owned and restored by Don Prudhomme himself.
"We’ve wanted these iconic haulers and cars to be a part of Barrett-Jackson for many years. The historical significance they had during that era and continue to have is unparalleled and has made an impact on a sport that has lasted a lifetime," said Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis. "This is unlike anything we’ve ever revealed at Barrett-Jackson, so when Don Prudhomme finally agreed to let us auction them off, we could not have been more thrilled and we knew Reno was the perfect place to showcase them!”
The producers of Snake and Mongoose will also host a star-studded, red carpet premiere of the monumental movie on August 9 at the Century Parklane in Reno, where the legends themselves are expected to attend.
"This is truly an epic event to have partnered with Barrett-Jackson and Don Prudhomme, combined with the week long Hot August Nights activities to promote the first Hollywood movie about drag racing legends since 1983,” said Tony Marini, executive director of Hot August Nights. “For the hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts who come to Reno for this festival, they are sure in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat in which they get to witness these iconic cars firsthand."
After Reno, the Hot Wheels Haulers and Funny Cars head for Detroit, where they will be unveiled in the parking lot of the Palladium 12 - Downtown from August 13-18, 2013 in conjunction with the Detroit Woodward Dream Cruise. From there, they will head to Indianapolis to be displayed in conjunction with a benefit screening for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on August 29 before being displayed on the grounds of the Indianapolis Raceway Park during the NHRA US Nationals August 30 - September 2. Following that stop, the haulers and cars will move on to the flashing lights of the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, so they can be displayed at the 6th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, September 26-28. The final scheduled stop is Scottsdale, Arizona in January, 2014 where they will be auctioned off during the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in front of a worldwide stage.
For more information about Barrett-Jackson and to purchase tickets to the auction, visit www.barrett-jackson.com. For more information on Hot August Nights and to register for the event, visit www.hotaugustnights.net For additional information on the Snake and Mongoose film, please go to www.snakeandmongoosemovie.com.