Auction aids spinal cord research

Wings for Life raising funds to find cure for paralysis

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 11, 2008

More than 45 one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, including a Formula 1 race car, are up for auction with proceeds going towards funding spinal cord research.

The Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation auction will run March 13 to 30 on eBay. Established by two-time Motocross champion Heinz Kinigadner and Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, the Wings for Life foundation funds research towards finding a cure for paralysis. Kinigardner began the foundation after his son Hannes became a paraplegic following a motocross injury in 2003. His brother Hans has also been wheelchair bound since 1984.

“Supported by numerous athletes, we will sell absolutely unique exhibits from the world of sports, and the revenues from the auction will be used to make further progress in the field of spinal cord research,” says Kinigadner. “When we started asking for a few unusual items, we soon came to realize that these people were more than willing to give us some of their personal memorabilia and trophies.”

Other items up for auction include 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden’s racing helmet, Cyril Despres’ Dakar-winning 2007 KTM bike, Motocross athlete Travis Pastrana’s jersey, and the top item, a Red Bull Racing Formula One race car driven by David Coulthard. Bidding for all items begins at $2.