3 March 2011

The Bill Goldberg Year One Superbird

Good to see that not all celebrities/Pro Athletes have terrible taste.

YearOne teamed up with Evernham Racing and  Bill Goldberg to create an updated legend - a NASCAR Superbird.

The black and blue custom Superbird was built by YearOne in Braselton, Georgia, in conjunction with Gillette Evernham Motorsports, Musclecar TV and former Pro wrestler, actor and auto enthusiast Bill Goldberg. The car pays homage to the legendary muscle cars that dominated stock car racing in the late '60s and early '70s. Period-correct NASCAR modifications include raising the transmission tunnel, moving the rear springs inboard, a stout crossbrace to tie the sub-frames together, wheel tubs and a generous radius of the wheel openings. A full roll cage and NASCAR-style bare bones interior round out the Superbird tribute.

While the body is all retro, the power is ultra modern. Gillette Evernham Motorsports contributed a NASCAR-spec 358ci Mopar V8 that produces nearly 800 bhp. It includes a featherweight Tex Racing 4-speed manual transmission feeding an 8 3/4-inch rear axle.

Bill Goldberg approached us with an idea to re-create a Superbird that would be as close to a genuine racecar as possible, but streetable, said Kevin King, president of YearOne. After nearly 4,000 hours of labor and contributions from motorsports powerhouses like Gillette Evernham, the NASCAR Superbird was reborn. And we couldn’t think of a better way to top off this amazing build than to auction it off for a worthy cause.

Goldberg revved up the crowd when he uncovered the Superbird tribute during the 2008 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and announced that the car would be auctioned during the 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2009. All proceeds from the sale of the Superbird tribute went to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, which exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses.
The car sold for $501,000.

It's probably just as well that Goldberg didn't keep it for himself, seeing as the car is on slicks; I wouldn't want to have been the copper stopping him, when he could do stuff like this in his wrestling career:

Unless the copper's Stone Cold Steve Austin...

Oh, and more info here.

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