‘Need for Speed’ Mustang Raises $300K for Medical Institute

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DETROIT— Car collector Dave Flynn of Columbiana, Ohio, offered the $300,000 winning bid for the one-of-a-kind Mustang starring in Dreamworks Studio’s blockbuster Need for Speed movie on Saturday at the annual Barrett Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The bidding brought the final proceeds of this year’s Henry Ford Health System “Get Your Heart Racing” fundraiser to more than $660, 000. All proceeds from the fundraiser and from the Mustang auction go to the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute.

With a history that spans more than 90 years, the institute has earned recognition for its cardiovascular care, research and education. Established in 1946, the cardiac training program is one of the longest running in the U.S., and the first in Michigan. The program is one of only three in Michigan for advanced heart failure treatment options and one of the few programs in the U.S. offering transcatheter valve replacement and transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

“The Heart & Vascular Institute is just like the Mustang:  cutting edge and high value,” said W. Douglas Weaver, the institute’s vice president and medical director. “Funds from the Need for Speed Mustang’s sale will be used for technology that helps both doctors and patients determine risk for serious cardiac conditions.”

The iteration of “Get Your Heart Racing” is scheduled for Sept.12 with a gala Pit Party at Eastern Market Shed 3.  On Sept.13, the fundraiser moves to Ford’s Dearborn Proving Grounds for an afternoon of driving activities.

For more information, please visit GetYourHeartRacing.org.

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