First 2013 SRT Viper heads to Barrett-Jackson in Orange County to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation.
Viper owners have long been known for their charitable efforts, which transform an exciting sports car into a vehicle of awareness for worthy causes. The 2013 SRT Viper continues this tradition of generosity at its launch, as SRT auctions the first road-going Viper at Barrett-Jackson Orange County to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
"Monies raised through the auction will directly fund services that empower families to live happy, meaningful and successful lives as pediatric cancer survivors," said Dr. Jim Osborn, co-founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. "We are extremely grateful for this opportunity with SRT and Barrett-Jackson."
Once the top bidder receives the keys, the new owner will experience the massive power of an 8.4-liter, 640 horsepower V10 engine with variable valve timing, wrapped in dramatic sheetmetal and appointed with an interior designed to satisfy the world's most discerning drivers. The high bidder will also come away with the knowledge that their purchase helped benefit a good cause.
"What's the spotlight worth if you can't share it?" said Beth Paretta, director of operations for SRT brand and SRT Motorsports. "The car's exciting, and the story about the comeback is exciting - but, because there's so much attention, if we can take the spotlight that's on us right now and just tilt it a little toward this important charity, then that's the value of being in the spotlight."
SRT design director Mark Trostle will join Paretta and Osborn on stage as the auction is broadcast live on Speed on June 23. To celebrate the excitement of the gavel, driveSRT.com will host a virtual viewing party on Twitter using the #firstSRTviper hashtag. Fans who plan to watch the telecast or participate in the virtual viewing party can RSVP on Facebook, as well as make a personal contribution to the effort.
"I hope every owner and everyone who worked on this project is watching," Paretta said. "By extension, they're giving to this charity. Their hard work, and the long hours they put in - they're donating to these kids, too. I hope they feel a sense of pride when they're watching the Viper go over the block. Everybody deserves to own this donation."