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AACA First Junior Car sold at Barrett Jackson


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I just happened to be watching the Barrett Jackson Auction in Scottsdale and I recognized a car that went on the block. After I saw it, I started digging and this is what I came up with.

If you go to the Barrett Jackson website, look up lot #500, some of you might recognize the car.

Lot #500 was a 1969 Rambler / Scrambler owned by Matt Wilson. The car won a First Junior at Greensburg in 2005.

Shortly after the car won its' First Junior, Matt's wife Valerie was diagnosed with cancer and died very shortly thereafter. Due to the financial strain of Valerie's medical bills, both Matt and the car disappeared.

I don't know if Matt sold the car, or if the car was sold by someone else, but I thought I'd bring it to everyone's attention about the car.

Matt was a young, enthusiastic member of both AACA and this forum who was crazy about his Rambler, and this club. He had gone as far as to paint his daily driver up with the same design as his car!!

If you were like me and were fortunate enough to get to know Matt, he was a class act who I miss very much.

If anyone out there still touches base with Matt, give him my best.

For those of you who never knew Matt, you really missed out. Matt's car sold for $66,000 so with that in mind, we most likely will never see both Matt and the car again. Losing Matt and the car is indeed a huge loss to AACA.

In either case, I wanted you all to be aware of the latest story with Matt's Rambler.

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Thank you so much for the kind words. You all in the AACA were fantastic to me and Valeri. I sold the SC/Rambler a few years ago as not the same without her and I needed the cash to start over. I moved to Phoenix and drive a bus to help cancer patients get where they need to go :) I have a great girlfriend now and a 1969 Cougar XR7 I use as a daily driver :)

The owner of the SC/Rambler let me drive the car over the block as if it were still mine. Pictures of Val in the car and Johnny Lighting diecast with our names on it. Our last ride together and over the big stage was fantastic ! I so enjoyed sharing the history with all today. New owner is local and wants to get the SC/Rambler on the track and wants me to be part of it :)

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Thanks again and will post more pics and info soon. Tired I am but was a nice day with great thoughts.

Matt Wilson

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Thank you so much for the kind words. You all in the AACA were fantastic to me and Valeri. I sold the SC/Rambler a few years ago as not the same without her and I needed the cash to start over. I moved to Phoenix and drive a bus to help cancer patients get where they need to go :) I have a great girlfriend now and a 1969 Cougar XR7 I use as a daily driver

MATT!!!!

Man is it good to hear from you. My dad and I still talk about you from time to time, so after all these years it's good to see you alive and kicking.

First off we're sorry about Val, and we're sorry that you had to part with the car.

When we were all in Greensburg, you, Val, my dad and I really hit it off good.

My dad and I thought an awfull lot of you and Val, and when you hit hard times and had to part with that car, we kicked ourselves for not buying the car. We would've bought the car and held onto it until you could get back on your feet, so you could've gotten it back.

We both miss you, Val and the car very much, we're sorry that it all had to go south, but at least you're still around and you still have an interest in the hobby.

Since we last saw each other, we've built more cars since then, we've travelled a lot of miles, been to a lot of meets, and won a lot of awards with our cars. Since then we both got into a region, he's in his 5th term as a director of that region, and I'm in my third term as president of that region. In 2010 we chaired the meet in Canandaigua and put on one hell of a show.

We're both still showing cars, but due to the politics, we've dropped out of sight. We're still around, but generally we've made ourselves scarce and don't stay in one place any length of time, and we're not saying much these days.

Of all people and things that could draw me out of hibernation, it had to be you and that Rambler!!:D

Don't be a stranger and drop me a line when you get a chance.

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Another positive and heart-warming example of the power of our FORUM.

Best regards to Matt - love the car, but the back-story even more!

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Here it is. Is this the sign of a person who has the addiction or what??

I never saw the van firsthand, but I'm willing to bet that he never had trouble finding his ride while at the mall

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lol.... heck I could never keep gas in that fine 460 Ford van these days.

Total sale is listed as the SC/Rambler sold for $66,000.00 !! To best of my knowledge that makes this the highest priced SC/Rambler to ever be sold at a public auction. Very cool indeed,

Auction results and data for 1969 AMC Rambler Hurst S/C | Conceptcarz.com

Was great too drive my old SC/Rambler over the block at Barrett Jackson !!! I tried my best to do AMC "LOUD" and proud for all of us. Part of Valeri's and my own soul are in that SC/Rambler for all time. It was a blast to share the history of this car again on the big stage with all makes :) Now I go back to driving my 69 Cougar XR7 but the key ring is now the Johnny Lighting diecast of my old special SC/Rambler. This SC/Rambler has done it all and did it as a unrestored car that has always been driven like it was 1969 for the last 44 years :) Looking forward to seeing the TV coverage of this evening as I have not yet and had no way to record it.

Thanks and hope you all had fun watching,

Matt Wilson Thanks Doug for offering me to drive the SC/Rambler over the block.

Yes I am even wearing a AMC bolo tie I had made...lol Fun stuff for sure.

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