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Canadian readers will be happy to know that the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show is opening this weekend in Toronto. World premieres may be few (or entirely nonexistent) but there’s still plenty to see and do – and a lot of first time Canadian reveals. Here’s our take on the most important and interesting items at the show this year.
The Reagan Library located in Simi Valley, California, will debut an exhibition on May 27th called Start Your Engines: American Race Cars at the Reagan Library. This exhibit will feature race cars and other racing memorabilia. This exhibit will be featured at the Reagan Library, because of the former President’s interest in racing.
The exhibit will run until Oct. 23 and will display several famous cars from NASCAR and the Indy 500. Cars driven by Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Jimmie Johnson and Dan Wheldon will be on display, as well as trophies, helmets, fire suits and photos.
Reagan’s NASCAR passion was highlighted in 1984 at the Firecracker 400 at Daytona Speedway when he started the race from Air Force One saying “Gentleman, start your engines!” phrase. Later that day, Air Force One landed behind the Daytona Speedway in full view of the fans.
The very first street car to come from legendary racer Richard Petty’s own shop sold for a solid $130,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdate, AZ over the weekend. Built by Petty’s Garage, the Challenger SRT8 is a prototype for a future production model is features the 0001 serial number. Along with the custom body and a long list of suspension modifications, this Challenger features a HEMI V8 built by Arrington Engines to produce 585-hp and 560 ft-lbs of torque. It has also been painted a special (and trademarked) Petty Blue paint made specially by BASF.
All proceeds of the sale will go to the Petty Family Foundation, including charities like the Victory Junction and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
GALLERY: Petty’s Garage Dodge Challenger SRT8
See after the jump for more details on the Petty’s Garage Dodge Challenger SRT8: