Pelican Products Founder Dave Parker Donates $500,000 to the Armed Forces Foundation

Published July 2, 2009

Torrance, CA -

Dave Parker, Founder and retired CEO of Pelican™ Products, Inc., recently purchased a ground up custom, 1969 Camaro RS/SS Coupe for $500,000 in a special Barrett-Jackson charity auction and all proceeds were donated directly to the Armed Forces Foundation.

“As a United States Air Force service veteran, I know first-hand how important it is to take care of our troops,” said Dave Parker. “I’m proud to have been able to contribute in some small part to support the great work that the Armed Forces Foundation does.”

Adamant about not being outbid, the bidding started at $10,000 and Parker closed it out at $500,000. The April 2009 auction took place in Palm Beach, Florida and the hosts, Barrett Jackson auction house contributed to the cause by waiving all their fees including commission, and consignment.

The classic 1969 Camaro RS/SS Coupe was the centerpiece of the special charity auction and was rebuilt at Route 66 Motorsports with assistance from Classic Industries and Detroit Speed Engineering. More than 40 aftermarket performance product companies contributed products to make the rebuild possible.

As an all-metal car the Camaro has a fully built 427 LS7 motor built by Turn Key Engine Supply, a Gear Vendors Overdrive supplied Turbo 400 Transmission, 10-bolt posi-traction 3.73 rear and Detroit Speed supplied suspension. It has been professionally painted “American Heroes Red” which includes a ghosted American Flag on each rear panel.

The car has been added as the 94th car to be displayed in Dave’s Classic Car collection based in Torrance, California at the Dave’s Garage Event Venue.

About the Armed Forces Foundation
The Armed Forces Foundation is a national nonprofit organization under the Department of Defense’s America Supports You Program.  They are dedicated to providing comfort and solace to members of the Armed Forces community through financial support, career counseling, housing assistance and recreational therapy programs.  For more information visit the foundation’s website at<.

About Dave's Garage
Founded by retired Pelican Products CEO, Dave Parker, Dave’s Garage is the premier event venue in South Bay Los Angeles where party goers can spend time amongst an incredible classic car collection that includes nearly 100 priceless and rare vehicles. The Garage is a full service event venue with a full bar, dance floor and professional event coordination staff that can make any event an incredible one.

About Pelican Products

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases, temperature-controlled packaging solutions, advanced portable lighting systems and rugged gear for professionals and outdoor enthusiasts. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, life sciences, industrial, entertainment, and in numerous outdoor markets. Pelican™ products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 27 countries, with 23 international sales offices and eleven manufacturing facilities around the globe. In Europe, the company does business under the name Peli Products, S.LU. and the division which manufactures temperature-controlled packaging for the healthcare industry, does business worldwide under the brand Peli BioThermal. For more information, visit