Gentlemen, Start Your Bidding: Four Cars and other Memorabilia from Hit Film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby to be Auctioned on the Internet

Proceeds From Vehicle Auctions to Benefit Variety's Kids: The Children's Charity and The NASCAR Foundation

Culver City
, CA (
August 7, 2006)
- Beginning today, racing aficionados and movie buffs will have an opportunity to bid on and buy four of the "prop" race cars driven by Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen in the filming of the hit Columbia Pictures' comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.   

Sony Pictures has begun selling the iconic and highly collectible cars used in the movie's action-packed NASCAR racing sequences. Bids for the cars will be solicited for the next ten days at www.RickyBobby.com and eBay will feature the four cars for sale on its Movies/DVD page and its Entertainment Memorabilia Page.

The net proceeds from the car auctions will be donated to Variety's Kids: The Children's Charity and The NASCAR Foundation, in which Ferrell served as this year’s Official Spokesperson for the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, NASCAR Day.  

In addition to the cars, other props and key costumes and wardrobe from the movie will also be offered for sale on the sites in the coming days.

All four of the prized cars were used in the filming of Talladega Nights, which was the #1 film at the box office last weekend grossing $47million in its first three days of release.

The cars are being sold "as is" and none of the vehicles are street legal. They include two cars driven by Will Ferrell, who portrays the eponymous Ricky Bobby (the ME Car and the Wonder Bread HERO Car), one by actor John C. Reilly, who plays Ferrell's best friend, Cal Naughton, Jr. (the Old Spice Car) and the Perrier Car driven by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who portrays Ricky Bobby's rival Jean Girard.

The No. 62 ME Ford driven by Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) in the film is a 2004 Ford Taurus body and  features a race car chassis, Ford 302 engine with SVO Aluminum Racing Heads: 375 Horsepower, Holley 4150 Carburetor, Borg Warner 3-Speed Automatic Transmission with B+M Pro-Rachet Shifter, ISP Aluminum Racing Seats with Roll Cage Padding, Simpson 5-point Racing Harness, Dual MSD 6 AL Ignition System, 9' Ford Rear End, Wilwood Dual Piston Brake System , Automatic Meter Gauge Package with 5" Memory Tachometer, a 20 Gallon Fuel Cell without Fill Tube or Vent System and Weld Racing Wheels.

The No. 26 Wonder Bread Race Car, also driven by Ferrell, is a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo Body, race car Chassis, APR Motor sports Chevy 355, 385 Horsepower, Edelbrock 4 x 4, Hi-Rise Manifold, Holley 4150 Carburetor, Aluminum Radiator, 3-Speed Automatic Transmission with B+M Pro-Rachet Shifter, Wilwood Dual Piston Brake System, Dual MSD 6 AL Ignition System, 9' Ford Rear End with 4.11 Gears, Automatic Meter Gauge Package with 5" Memory Tachometer, ISP Aluminum Racing Seats with Simpson 5-Point Harness, and a 20 Gallon Fuel Cell without Fill Tube or Vent System.

The No. 33 Old Spice Chevrolet driven by the Ricky Bobby's sidekick Cal Naughton, Jr. ( Reilly), is a 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo Body, race car chassis, Chevy 355 Off Road 350 = P/N 88958603, Holley 4150 Carburetor, GM 3-Speed Automatic Transmission with B+M Pro-Rachet Shifter, 9' Ford Rear End with 4.11 Gears, ISP Aluminum Racing Seats with Simpson 5-Point Harness, Dual MSD 6 AL Ignition System, Automatic Meter Gauge Package with 5" Memory Tachometer, Wilwood Dual Piston Brake System, 20 Gallon Fuel Cell without Fill Tube or Vent System and Weld Racing Wheels.

The No. 55 Perrier Chevrolet driven by Ricky Bobby's archrival Jean Girard Baron Cohen), is a 2002 Monte Carlo Body, race car Chassis, APR Motor sports Chevy 355, 385 Horsepower, Edelbrock 4 x 4 Hi-Rise Manifold, Holley 4150 Carburetor, Aluminum Radiator, 3-Speed Automatic Transmission with B+M Pro-Rachet Shifter, Wilwood Dual Piston Brake System, Dual MSD 6 AL Ignition System, 9' Ford Rear End with 4.11 Gears, Automatic Meter Gauge Package with 5" Memory Tachometer, ISP Aluminum Racing Seats with Simpson 5-Point Harness, 20 Gallon Fuel Cell without Fill Tube or Vent System and Weld Racing Wheels.

The vehicles are being sold on an "AS IS" and "WHERE IS" basis with no warranty. The descriptions above are for informational and narrative purposes only. The items listed for sale in this Auction are for decorative use only. These items are intended to be sold as collector's items and are not to be used for their seemingly functional purposes. No representations or warranties of any kind or type whatsoever are made by Sony Pictures.  Buyer is responsible for all risk of loss or damage immediately upon purchase of the vehicle or item.

Final bid price does not include any applicable taxes. Buyers are responsible to pay all city, state or other taxes due for which the buyers do not qualify as exempt. Proof of exemption is the buyers responsibility. The buyer of the automobiles will be responsible for transporting the vehicles via towing or flatbed truck from our facility and the cars may not be driven off the studio lot. All cars and items offered for sale come with a Certificate of Authenticity.  State Tax (8.00%) will be added to all shipments made within CA.

For more information about the auction, please visit www.rickybobby.com  or www.NASCAR.com/foundation.   

ABOUT TALLADEGA NIGHTS
All Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) ever wanted to do was go fast real fast.   Columbia Pictures' comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby tells the story of a dreamer who can only count to #1. After winning and losing it all, Ricky Bobby must claw his way back to the top the only way he knows how - the hard way.

Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole and Michael Clarke Duncan star in Columbia Pictures' Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which is directed by Adam McKay and written by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay. Jimmy Miller and Judd Apatow are the producers. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay David Householter, Richard Glover, Sarah Nettinga and Ryan Kavanaugh are the executive producers. The supporting cast includes Leslie Bibb, Jane Lynch, Amy Adams, Andy Richter, Molly Shannon, Greg Germann, David Koechner, Jack McBrayer and Ian Roberts.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries.  Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

ABOUT VARIETY THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY
Variety - The Children's Charity is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children around the world.  Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern California strives to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, and our communities... one need at a time. Please visit www.varietyny.org for more information.

ABOUT THE NASCAR FOUNDATION

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched the NASCAR Foundation in January 2006.  The Foundation is a 501 © (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities.  The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family.  The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.  For more information on the NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website:  www.nascar.com/foundation.