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SNAKEBIT F-100- A ’56 FORD TRUCK WITH A CARROLL SHELBY HEART DEFINES A CANADIAN PROVINCE

By on January 21, 2014
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56-bj 12This 1956 Ford F-100 was the second highest Friday night sale at the recent Barrett-Jackson 2014 auction.

This classic custom ride wasn’t a typical high-end auction transaction because it represented far more than a work of automotive art.

This incredible truck represented a whole region because Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was even on the stage when it was hammered down for sale.

Saskatchewan is a large Canadian province with a relatively small population but the community spirit is off the charts. Saskatchewan people are extremely proud of their province and nowhere is it more evident than their CFL football team-the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. This is the little community-owned team that could (only four Grey Cup championships in over 100 years) but the 2013 Grey Cup win at home was a magic moment for Rider fans.

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There is literally no place on the planet that doesn’t have some guy wandering around in a green and white Rider jersey and the Barrett-Jackson video feed was no exception-there were Rider fans ripping it up in the stands when this truck sold. The Riders enjoy massive merchandise sales because the buy-in from the community is a juggernaut-one that inspired the Dallas Cowboys to send an envoy to ask how they do it .

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The green and white jersey sums up the Saskatchewan community and this ’56 Ford F-100 put a dollar value on it at Scottsdale 2014.

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Mark Bach was there when this incredible truck sold and he filed this report for MSCC.

At the 2013 SEMA Show, Ford Canada unveiled a custom 1956 Ford F-100, named Snakebit F-100, powered by a supercharged 5.4 liter V8 and matched to a manual six speed transmission. The truck had some styling touches emulating a Shelby GT500 and a two tone leather interior.

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The concept for the truck build started as a team building exercise for the employees of Industrial Machine and Manufacturing in Saskatoon. Renderings of the truck were produced by a local artist Bruce Williams and the final build was undertaken by Byron Thiessen. It was built in Saskatchewan and sponsored by the Saskatchewan Area Ford Dealers.

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Surprisingly, it turns out that Saskatchewan is one of two provinces without a children’s hospital. So the proceeds from the sale during the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction in Scottsdale Arizona, are going to help build the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.

As typical of the Barrett-Jackson sanctioned charity auctions; all the proceeds go to the charity with Craig Jackson waiving his fees. On Friday night it garnered $450,000, the second highest amount bid for the night’s block of vehicles.

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And Gene Simmon’s connection to the car? The musician admits he didn’t even learn how to drive until his late thirties. But his wife/actress Shannon Tweed is a former resident of Saskatoon and her mother is a local hospital administrator, Hence the connection and sponsorship for Gene Simmons, perhaps more famous for his makeup and lizard like tongue.

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But the silver custom truck captured the hearts of many generous car enthusiasts, the spirit of Saskatchewan and the wallet of one generous contributor”.

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Mark Bach

More of Mark’s automotive meanderings can be found at http://route66pubco.com/

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