Barrett-Jackson has recently announced that the iconic Hot Wheels yellow and red 1967 haulers, and matching 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and Duster funny cars that were raced by the legendary Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, are set to be displayed together for the first time outside the state of California in 40 years. The haulers and matching funny cars are scheduled to be showcased at the first ever Hot August Nights Auction at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from August 8 to 10. After the event, the cars will embark on a nationwide tour, ending with an appearance at the 6th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction, before ultimately crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2014.
The Snake and Mongoose cars signify the inspiring story of two highly competitive drag racers out of Southern California and how they came together to revolutionize America's fastest growing sport. Prudhomme and McEwan played a hand in putting both Hot Wheels and the sport of drag racing on the map through their legendary 1969 deal with Mattel - a cross-promotion that altered the face of sports marketing forever and brought the partnership to the mainstream.
The Snake and Mongoose story of rivalry and friendship will return to the big screen once again to showcase the groundbreaking successes that turned a pastime into a profession with the movie, Snake and Mongoose. Producers of the film joined forces with Barrett-Jackson to prepare for an unforgettable viewing to showcase true American cultural history with the beautiful haulers and funny cars. Don Prudhomme has been responsible for the restoration and ownership of the set.
"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!"
In honor of the Hot August Nights Auction, Capitol Records' Jack Dempsey, whose music is featured in the film, will perform a concert on August 8th, and producers of the Snake and Mongoose film will host a red carpet premier on August 9th at the Century Parklane in Reno.
"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 first-hand."
The journey will continue after Reno with a stop in Detroit for an unveiling in the parking lot of the Palladium 12 - Downtown from August 13 to 18 in conjunction with the Woodward Dream Cruise. Indianapolis will be the next destination with an appearance to be displayed at a benefit screening for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on August 29, followed by some time at Indianapolis Raceway Park during the NHRA US Nationals from August 30 to September 2.
The 6th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, September 26-28, will be the second to last location for the pair to visit before finally ending up in Scottsdale, Arizona, in January to be auctioned off.
"The haulers and funny cars from this iconic era were not only childhood treasures, but are now being brought to life in a major motion picture," said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "Prudhomme and McEwen revolutionized a sport and we're so proud to be able to be a part of that history by showcasing these vehicles in Reno and Las Vegas, and then ultimately having them cross the block in Scottsdale."
"Don Prudhomme has painstakingly restored both the haulers and the fantastic funny cars that go along with them and we were fortunate to be able to feature them prominently in our film. Now, as we promote the film around the country, we are so pleased that The Snake has allowed the Hot Wheels Haulers and Funny Cars to go on a mini tour of their own. The haulers have not been seen outside of California in 43 years," said Snake and Mongoose Producer, Robin Broidy.
For more information about Barrett-Jackson and to purchase tickets to the auction, visit www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694. For more information on Hot August Nights and to register for the event, visit www.hotaugustnights.net or call (775) 356-1956 ext 0. For additional information on the Snake and Mongoose film, please go to www.snakeandmongoosemovie.com.