Gang - Well, as I reported in my earlier note, this was definately the year this deal went ballistic! Believe me when I say I wasn't anywhere near ready for the response from donors and buyers alike. I know things got a bit ragged, and promise to have my shit more together next year. In past years, we've had 8-10 auction items and collected about $165 each time. This year we had an amazing 44 items and collected an impressive $733 (!). A HUGE thanks goes out to all who participated. Of course, you've got me so stoked now, I'm not gonna settle for anything less than $1,000 next year. Kidding aside, all the great donations were much appreciated - your generosity has boosted a simple little idea up to a level where it can be a substantial contributor to the HAMB in future years. There were 19 donors this year - about 5 times as many as in the past, and it really made a difference. The prices paid for items didn't really increase that much, but the extra amount of stuff really added up in the end. Just imagine what we could do with 50 donors (next year's goal - BTW)! If that sounds like a stretch, take a look at the event photos and guestimate how many HAMBers were in Joplin and out at the track. If even one in 10 people brought an item to be auctioned, we'd be overwhelmed with stuff. There seem to be plenty folks interested in plunking down some green to get stuff (and help out the HAMB), so don't be bashful about bringing an item or two next year. We had some of the coolest items you could imagine, and if you didn't make it by for a looksee, you missed out - bigtime. The swag included several T-shirts (including one directly off a record-holders back), a die-cast custom Merc and an NHRA dragster, a pair of J.C. Whitney exhaust cutouts, a pair of SBC header flanges, a chrome 6-cylinder valve cover, a set of four 1960 Car Craft magazines, a fake hand grenade (shift knob), a vintage oil rack, a bitchin' wall clock, a 4-barrel carburetor, a padded bleacher seat, a kick-ass bar stool, a vintage military seat belt, all 14 issues of Tex Smith's out-of-print "Hot Rod Mechanix" magazines, a CD of Bonneville photos, a couple fuel cell vent tubes, a $250 NHRA 50th Anniversary leather jacket (that went for only $40), a pair of "Chevrolet script" valve covers, a set of three cast-aluminum carb scoops (that I wanted O-so-badly, but couldn't afford) - even a jar of genuine Bonneville salt (complete with a model racer on top), and more. Here's the "official" list of donors (yeah, I'm sure I missed someone - sorry, it got a bit confusing as the afternoon went on) in no particular order. Be sure to thank these guys if you see them. Johnie Miller "Tbucketlakester" (Ted Vosta) "WZ Junk" (John Kimbrough) Lloyd "Hoolie" Huffman "Cal" (Dan Callahan) "Slick 50" (Ken Fissel "Jerry" "Kool Kat" "Buford" "A HotRod" "RustyFord" "Porknbeaner" "CarKiller" "ThurdyfivePickup" (who now holds the best-selling-item record at a whopping $52.50!) "Mr.Pontiac" "Animal" "Ratso" "Safarinut" Finally, an extra thanks to all the buyers. As always, bids were more than generous for several of the items, and more than one buyer "rounded" their payment up a couple bucks instead of taking their proper change. This is what the auction is really all about - stepping up for the HAMB. See ya' next year!