Custom Car Sale Raises Funds for Austin Hatcher Foundation

The Austin Hatcher Foundation’s Gen 3 Factory Five Type 65 Coupe recently sold for $137,500 at auction, which will go to support the foundation and its Industrial Arts Therapy program, the organization announced.

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer worked with childhood cancer patients and their families to assemble and modify the vehicle through the Industrial Arts Therapy program, with all funding coming from SATA German Engineering, the foundation said.

Custom Car Sale Raises Funds for Austin Hatcher Foundation | THE SHOPThe patients and families installed and helped put together the Bristol Grey coupe with parts including a Ford Performance 347 cubic inch Street Cruiser Crate Engine-Carbureted, Tremec TKX 5-Speed Transmission, Moser Differential and custom Detroit Steel Wheels. The custom paint was applied by Ron Fleenor at Fleaz Color Faktory using SATA X5500 RP 1.3, and the custom bodywork was done by Greg Cunningham. To help promote the auction, Factory Five Racing added in an additional $1,500 worth of options and parts for the winning bidder.

The Austin Hatcher Foundation incorporates automotive therapy as one of the many free services it provides families facing pediatric cancer. Through the Foundation’s Industrial Arts STEAM Program, diagnosed children and their siblings get involved with and introduced to basic shop skills, which treat and improve coordination deficits, behavior, memory, learning and many other deficits as results of childhood cancer and chemotherapy treatment, the organization said.

The Foundation is one of three official SEMA Cares Charities, as well one of two of charities supported by IMSA, and the Official Charity of Road Atlanta.

The SATA-funded Factory Five Coupe is the 16th car build that the Austin Hatcher Foundation has completed, according to the organization.

“We are beyond thankful for the incredible generosity of the automotive community,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President and CEO Amy Jo Osborn. “From SATA German Engineering funding this build, to Factory Five Racing helping us promote the auction, to Ford Performance Parts, Detroit Steel Wheels and to all of our SEMA partners sharing the coupe and showing us love, this project and auction was made possible for our families thanks to the support of so many wonderful people.”

The Foundation is always looking for new car build projects and partners to continue Industrial Arts therapy, representatives said. Anyone interested in having the foundation customize their next SEMA Show build or personal vehicle, or donating parts, cars or financial assistance to the program, can contact foundation Industrial Arts Manager Daniel Fosbinder at daniel@hatcherfoundation.org.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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