A refurbished Hummer, employed by CNN to transport its TV news crews in Iraq, went under the auctioneer’s hammer for a cool million dollars at Barrett-Jackson’s recent high-profile auction in Arizona.
Dave Liniger, chairman and co-founder of the RE/MAX real estate empire was the successful bidder.
CNN producers, video journalists and correspondents used the Hummer, identified as ‘Warrior One,’ when they were embedded with a US Marine batallion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The vehicle came under heavy fire near Baghdad in April.
Once its tour of duty was complete, Warrior One returned home to become the subject of an episode of Overhaulin’, a highly-rated program on TV’s TLC channel last fall.
At the show’s workshop in Irvine, California, crews refurbished the Hummer’s engine and body and installed an extensive entertainment system that includes a DVD player, four LCD monitors and a state-of-the-art sound system. Airbrush artists then painted images of journalists and military men and women onto the vehicle as a tribute to those who served in or covered the war in Iraq.
Since then, Warrior One toured military bases and other sites across the US until it arrived in Scottsdale for one of the premier car auctions in the world.
In addition to Liniger’s successful $1 million bid, David Ressler, a Corvette car dealer and another bidder in the auction, donated $250,000 US to Fisher House. The latter is a foundation program that builds and operates homes which allow service personnel and their loved ones to gather in comfort as they receive medical care and rehabilitative treatment.