Primary Children's Hospital
Kirkham Motorsports has donated a hand-made polished aluminum roadster to the Silent Auction at the 39th Annual Festival of Trees for Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. The race car is the perfect gift to tuck under one of the 800 trees at the Festival, which has raised more than $24 million in 29 years and is expected to draw more than 90,000 visitors to the South Town Convention Center in Salt Lake City between December 2-5, 2009.
“We hope this car inspires all of us to get our “Wheels in Motion” and support the hospital,” said David Kirkham, President of Kirkham Motorsports, who announced the gift with the slogan for this year’s hospital telethon. “We need to take care of each other, whether there’s a setback for a neighbor across town or a disaster for thousands of people we never met on the other side of the world. Primary Children’s Hospital fulfills a vital mission, with excellent medical care for all children and great community events like the Festival of Trees.”
Grass roots generosity is an enduring family and business tradition for Kirkham. With the world in shock after the attacks on 9/11, the Kirkhams rallied a global team of partners to donate a car, VIN# KMP NYC 9/11, that raised nearly $100,000 for NYU Downtown Hospital at Ground Zero. Kirkham factory workers in Poland volunteered 1,000 hours of labor. Contributions of time, money, and expertise flooded in from customers, friends, and Club Cobra members. EBay Motors auctioned the car while it was on display at the New York International Auto Show, complete with a visit from NYC Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. “It is how we view the world,” said Kirkham. “We had to do something. We are all in it together.”
The next team effort was, "Jenny's Car," a donation to Cystic Fibrosis to support the daughter of Dave Smith, a competitor, and President of Factory Five. When a devastating tsunami struck, another car was donated, bonding American car fans with Indonesian victims through the relief efforts of the LDS Church. Closer to home, last April, a stalled kit car project was spun through the Kirkham workshop in Provo and finished in time to surprise its terminally ill owner with thrilling rides through the Utah's beautiful canyons.
“Our parents taught us two things: First, take care of yourself and your family; second, take care of those who can't. Our annual production is only 50 cars, so the the creative generosity of our supporters keeps raising the bar for what we can accomplish together. Let’s keep the “Wheels in Motion.”