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Simmons,Tweed at charity truck auction for SK Children's Hospital

Premier Brad Wall will also attend charity auction in Arizona
Reported by Jill Smith
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The Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital Foundation is getting a boost from a car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona Friday.

A 1956 Ford F-100 Snakebit was re-built with donations and it’s hoped to nab $1 million on the Barrett-Jackson auction block. The truck is known as a resto-mod, meaning it’s been modernized and added to. They have put in a drivetrain from a Shelby GT Mustang. It’s worth about $300,000. All of the proceeds go to the hospital.

Rebuilt 1956 Ford truck up for auction to support Saskatoon Children's Hospital. Photo courtesy Barrett Jackson

Retro fitted 1956 Ford truck up for auction to support Saskatoon Children's Hospital. Photo by Barrett Jackson

Gene Simmons and his wife, Shannon Tweed are jumping behind the project, hoping their star power will help boost the bids.
Premier Brad Wall will be there too.

“I’m a bit of a car nerd,” he said when talking to reporters recently. “This is an auction –I watch as much of it as I can.”

“Gene Simmons may take the opportunity to sign a guitar and put it in the bed of a truck,” said Wall.

The premier will be promoting Saskatchewan at the auction, but a signed guitar is hard to compete with. “We’re bringing flags and pins,” laughed Wall. “They’re free.”

1956 Ford F-100 Snakebit truck up for auction to support Saskatoon Children's Hospital. Photo courtesy Barrett Jackson

Retro fitted 1956 Ford truck up for auction to support Saskatoon Children's Hospital. Photo by Barrett Jackson

Construction on the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital is set to begin this year and slated to be complete by 2016. The estimated cost for the project is $229.9 million.

The truck is slated to come up for auction on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Saskatchewan time.