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When Bugatti auctions off a once-in-a-lifetime event at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Arizona next week, it isn't just the winning bidder's life that'll be improved. With proceeds going to children's charity Make-A-Wish, hundreds of kids across Arizona will also benefit, and the final sum will add to the $60 million Barrett-Jackson has raised for charities nationwide in its 43-year history.
Crossing the auction block this time around isn't a car or piece of memorabilia, but an experience. The winning bidder will win a four-day trip to France, during which they'll get to tour the site where Ettore Bugatti established the famous brand back in 1909, a look behind the scenes of the Veyron Grand Vitesse production, and hotel and airfare for themselves and a guest. Quite a prize on its own, but the real experience will be the opportunity to drive the Grand Vitesse at world-renowned Formula One test track Paul Ricard Circuit, in Le Castellet.
Driving the 1,183-horsepower Vitesse is something any gearhead would love to experience, but the opportunity to do so while raising money to help children with life-threatening medical conditions--and to grant their own wishes--is not one to miss. It isn't the first time Bugatti has been involved in charitable pursuits either, often inviting children to its headquarters in Molsheim for a tour--and is looking forward to proceeds from the auction helping even more children across the state.
The Barrett-Jackson runs from January 12-19.
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