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2017 Jeep Hurst Commando to be sold without reserve for charity

Leake Auction Company’s three-day auction will be held in Dallas Market Hall, November 15 – 17

Leake Auction Company, a Ritchie Bros. solution, will sell a one-of-a-kind 2017 Jeep Hurst Commando Wrangler Unlimited without reserve on Saturday, November 17 at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, a 501(c)(3) organization. The charity’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention, beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The foundation provides services to children with cancer and their families through its four major divisions: Industrial Arts, Diversionary Therapy, Psycho-Oncology, and Healthy Lifestyle Education.

Through generous donations from Mtn. View Auto Group, Rugged Ridge, and Truck N’ Trailers USA, young cancer patients had the opportunity to turn wrenches and transform the Jeep into a one-of-one authorized Hurst Jeep Commando. The Foundation’s Educational Advancement Center (EAC) and Industrial Arts Program introduces kids to basic home repair, manual craftsmanship and machine safety. For five months, build sessions were held on Saturdays to develop team-building skills for children and their families. The purpose of projects like this is to improve behavioral, memory, coordination, and learning deficits which result from cancer treatments.

The Jeep Wrangler has been used as a promotional tool to increase awareness about the foundation and has appeared in various automotive events across the country. Its next appearance will be during SEMA in Las Vegas, October 30 – November 2.

“It is wonderful that Mtn. View Auto Group donated the Jeep to the Austin Hatcher Foundation,” said Gary Bennett, General Manager, New Ventures & Sectors (Collector Cars) for Ritchie Bros. “We are honored to work with the foundation and help them raise money for a worthy cause. Hurst Jeeps from the 70’s are iconic because they were built in limited quantities. This is a rare opportunity to financially help a non-profit organization and own this Hurst Jeep, which was authorized by Brian Applegate, President and CEO of Driven Performance Brands. Leake Auction waived the entry, seller, and buyer fees on the Jeep. The Austin Hatcher Foundation will receive 100% of the proceeds.”

“The foundation is very appreciative of Leake Auction Company’s efforts to sell this Jeep,” said Jim Osborn, father of Austin Hatcher Osborn. “The money generated from its sale will allow us to continue providing free services to children and their families who have been affected by pediatric cancer. As a family who has dealt with this disease, we understand how critical the support is for families who are facing a cancer diagnosis.”

For more information about the auction, becoming a registered bidder or consigning a vehicle, visit LeakeCar.com or call +1.918.254.7077. Admission to the Thursday auction is $10; admission for Friday thru Saturday is $20 for adults; $15 for seniors and military with ID; and $7 for children under 12. Doors will open at 8am daily. Visit LeakeCar.com for auction start times. Online bidding will be available via IronPlanet.com.

High-resolution photos of the 2017 Jeep Hurst Commando Wrangler Unlimited may be downloaded by clicking here. The complete lineup of vehicles may be viewed at LeakeCar.com.

About Leake Auction Company:

Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 by James C. Leake, Sr. as the first car auction in the country. Forty-six years later, the company continues to carry out the principles Mr. Leake founded the company on: quality, respect and loyalty to the business. Currently Leake conducts four auctions a year in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and two in Dallas. In January 2018, Leake was acquired by Ritchie Bros., a global asset management and disposition company.

About Ritchie Bros.:

Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is a global asset management and disposition company, offering customers end-to-end solutions for buying and selling used heavy equipment, trucks and other assets. Operating in a multitude of sectors, including construction, transportation, agriculture, energy, oil and gas, mining, and forestry, the company’s selling channels include: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world’s largest industrial auctioneer offers live auction events with online bidding; IronPlanet, an online marketplace with featured weekly auctions and providing its exclusive IronClad Assurance® equipment condition certification; Marketplace-E, an online marketplace offering multiple price and timing options; Mascus, a leading European online equipment listing service; and Ritchie Bros. Private Treaty, offering privately negotiated sales. The company also offers sector-specific solutions including GovPlanet, TruckPlanet, Kruse Energy Auctioneers, and Cat® auctions, plus equipment financing and leasing through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services. For more information about the unprecedented choice provided by Ritchie Bros., visit RitchieBros.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Tetley
Communications Director
Leake Auction Company
+1.918.254.7077
jennifer@leakecar.com

Or

Ian Malinski

Media Relations Manager
Ritchie Bros.
+1.778.331.5432
CorpComm@rbauction.com

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