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Antonio Brunet's Passion for Charity to Benefit from Luxury Auto Auction
Posted by: newsla on Oct 31, 2013 - 05:26 PM
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Motostalgia's Antonio Brunet's Passion for Charity to Benefit from Luxury Auto Auction at Grand Prix


Antonio Brunet, Founder & President of Motostalgia is no stranger to fine collector cars and a passion for philanthropy. Since his childhood, Brunet felt a strong, natural attraction to collector cars.

 

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His great grandfather was a Spanish car collector that immigrated to Mexico in the early 1900’s and became a well-respected collector of the 1950s. When Antonio found his great grandfather’s original driver’s license dating back to 1927 and a collector car member carnet dating back to 1958, he knew collector cars was definitely in his blood.

Brunet then followed in his father’s footsteps, a civil engineer and owner of a large construction company but quickly recognized that his attraction and abilities to recognize, find and value fine collector cars could possibly be the vehicle he needed to pursue a passion for travel and a will for philanthropy. His childhood dream was originally to dedicate his life to travel for humanitarian projects and to develop infrastructures for Third World countries. His father supported his early obsession for car collecting. Along with his brother Manuel, have spent most of their lives searching the globe for collector cars with opulent pasts and incredible historical importance. During his high-school adolescence Brunet immigrated to the United States and paid for his first college semester by selling his first collector car, a 1972 Opel GT. It was this initial entrepreneurial success that put him on the path to a successful future in finding and offering rare collector cars. It was also at this time that Brunet knew he could create a financial opportunity driven by his passion for collector cars to ultimately pursue his bigger childhood goals of philanthropy.

Antonio Brunet’s life changed when he visited the Babbyannes Mansion Orphanage located in Baliuag, Phillippines in 2011 with his wife. It was there that he spent three weeks which profoundly reassured him that he could do something for children suffering in poverty around the world.

“The inner joy that we experienced when we presented the orphanage with a new motorized tricycle to help with their daily transport into town, to the doctors and to schools was far more impactful than the first time I bought my childhood dream collector car, a 1963 Split Window Corvette” Said Antonio Brunet. Since then his business of procuring fine automobiles has been the stepping stone to a bigger platform which can generate a source that would help children in need. “Driving to Give” has become a company motto.

He then founded Motostalgia, a premier collector car auction company with offices in Austin, Mexico City and Monte Carlo. The company is what drives his passion and quest for only the best in rare collector cars. Through their grand collector car catalog auctions they create an opportunity to expand his humanitarian goals with some of the proceeds. Brunet and his team remain remarkable in their ambitions to search out the rarest of cars from every corner of the world. Their most recent treks have taken them to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, across Europe and to tiny little towns with names barely recognizable. So ambitious and exciting are their journeys that a major cable network has followed their quests and a series showcasing their finds is set to begin airing sometime in 2014.

On Saturday, November 16th at 4pm at the Austin Convention Center, Motostalgia will present Motostalgia Auction d’Elegance, an auction of 75+ collector cars with extraordinary histories and value.

The extraordinary auction event’s most recent addition of the 1998 Ferrari F30 F1 Racing Car driven by Michael Schumacher in 1998 makes serious car collectors break a sweat. It features 805 bhp, 2,997 cc DOHC V-10 engine, 7-speed button shift transmission, independent front and rear pushrod-activated torsion arm suspension and 4-wheel ventilated carbon-ceramic composite disc brakes with a wheel base of 116.25 inches. The car is the third unit produced out of a total of nine F300 cars produced by Ferrari.

It was in January of 1998 when over 800 journalists were invited to Maranello, Italy for the debut showing of something special from Ferrari. As the program got underway the world got its first glance at the company's latest racing development, the F300. On hand for the presentation was Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Jean Todt, the Scuderia Ferrari Team Manager. But next to the car, the real stars would be drivers Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine. Schumacher who had one World Championship already under his belt, had been hired away from Benetton in 1996, and would go on to win a total of six World Championships for Ferrari which may be the reason that the official Formula One website has declared him as "the greatest driver the sport has ever seen."

It was in 1998 that the world saw the return of Ferrari as an honest competitor in Formula 1, taking second place in both the Driver's and Constructor's Cup. For the 2000 season, Schumacher began his reign as the greatest driver ever, taking five World Championships in a row which allowed Ferrari to remain the top Constructor during this time and beyond. .Today the car is reported to be ready to take to the track and promises whoever is behind the wheel the drive of a lifetime.

Just under 700 kilometers have been put on chassis 183 since its engine rebuild, and less that 600 kilometers since the transmission overhaul. Accompanied by its Classiche certificate, it is eligible for a number of historic events. As an actual Ferrari that has been verified and piloted and personally autographed by seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, it is the ride of champions and stands ready to hit the course with as much enthusiasm today as it had when it was created a mere 15 years ago. This is a truly important and historic car that is bound to appreciate in value as well as garner appreciation by those who marvel at its mechanical perfection.

“I am so privileged that my passion for collector cars and our exclusive auctions can be an opportunity to follow my philanthropy goals,” said Antonio Brunet. “We are honored to offer some of the proceeds from Motostalgia's Grand Prix Auction 2013 to charity.”

Motostalgia also announced the Motostalgia Showcase to take place November 15 & 16, 2013 from 10am-10pm each day at the Austin Convention Center. Here fans and collectors can see the only exhibit of the rare automobiles which are going to auction while also enjoying an array of vendors from the automotive industry, fashion, entertainment and collectibles. A VIP Gala will take place on Friday November 15th where performance artist David Garibaldi and a host of other celebrities will appear.

The auction will be streamed live online and bidders can bid on-site, by phone or online. Full color auction catalogs will be available for purchase on-line at www.motostalgia.com

REGISTERING TO BID:
The auction will be open to qualified bidders, media and consignors. Guest passes are also available for purchase. To register to bid go to www.motostalgia.com and click the Bid Registration tab or call (512) 813-0636. An official bidder package can be purchased for $500 which will include an official color auction collectible catalog and admission for two to the preview, gala and auction event. Food and beverage will be served at the auction. For additional information or questions about the cars to be auctioned interested individuals can call (512) 813-0636 before November 16, 2013.

AUCTION PREVIEW AND EXHIBITION DATES:
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 – 10am – 5pm CST (Media Preview)
Friday, November 15th, 2013 – 10am -6pm CST
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 – 10am – 4pm CST

AUCTION
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Beginning at 4pm CST
Austin Convention Center – Ballroom
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701


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