Ford Shelby GT Stratocaster guitar.
Ford donates one-of-a-kind Fender Stratocaster guitar autographed by racing great Carroll Shelby to GuitarMania fundraiser in support of Greater Cleveland United Way and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame education fund.
Ford partners with Fender Guitars to offer two customized guitars through the Ford Collection to sponsor two 9-foot Fender Stratocaster guitars, customized by the company's own designers, at this year's GuitarMania.
Cleveland, Feb. 23, 2007
Celebrating fast cars and rock and roll, Ford is turning up the volume at the Cleveland Auto Show by showcasing its hot new product lineup and revving up for GuitarMania. The company is donating the first Limited Edition Ford Shelby GT Standard Stratocaster guitar in support of this annual charity event to benefit the Greater Cleveland United Way and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's education fund.
"For some of our most successful, high quality products, it all starts in Cleveland with the Duratec engines built here," said Randy Ortiz, General Sales Manager, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the spirit of this city and give back to the community than to be a part of GuitarMania."
Blue Oval and Cleveland Rock.
Ford's support of GuitarMania is the latest example of its continued commitment to supporting the United Way. In 2006, Ford Motor Company pledged more than $16 million to United Way nationally.
GuitarMania is a greater Cleveland community public art project that has raised more than $1.5 million for its two benefiting charities -- United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's education fund. Through its participation in GuitarMania and the donation of the unique Stratocaster guitar, the company is working to increase support for United Way contributions in Cleveland.
The GuitarMania project consists of oversized Stratocaster guitars that are creatively transformed into works of art by local artists and national celebrities and displayed on the city streets of Cleveland for residents and visitors to enjoy June through November 2007. In addition to donating a unique Stratocaster to GuitarMania, Ford will sponsor two larger-than-life guitars customized by the company's designers to benefit this event.
The Stratocaster is one of two Fender guitars that will be available through the Ford Collection beginning March 1, 2007. The Limited Edition Ford Shelby GT Standard Stratocaster guitar is inspired by the custom instrument that was sold with the first production 2007 Ford Shelby GT Mustang at Barrett-Jackson for a whopping $600,000 -- all donated to the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation. The first of these 200 limited-edition guitars will be signed by Carroll Shelby and donated to GuitarMania. Each one is individually numbered on the neck plate.
The Ford Collection also will offer the Fender Sonoran dreadnought acoustic guitar, crafted from a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. It features Venetian cutaway, exclusive blue-burst finish, Fender electronics, Stratocaster headstock and die-cast tuners and pickup.
These distinctive instruments will be on display at the Cleveland Auto Show alongside the hot Ford Shelby GT and other new Ford, Lincoln and Mercury products. Consumers can see the custom guitars and Ford Motor Company vehicles on the show floor beginning Feb. 24, 2007.
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