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Sam Bass selling art, guitars and more in bankruptcy auction

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Sam Bass, NASCAR’s first authorized artist, is selling off art, guitars and various racing items as part of two separate bankruptcy auctions scheduled for the next month.

The auctions are being held with the Iron Horse Auction Company. Bass’ bankruptcy case is with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Winston-Salem.

The first auction, beginning April 25 and ending May 3, is an in-person and online auction. The live portion of the auction will be held at 10 a.m. on May 3 at Cabarrus Arena in Concord, North Carolina.

The second auction, held from May 2 – 9, is online only.

The auctions include:

More than 250 original works of Bass’ art, with many never available for purchase previously.

More than 85 custom, autographed and relic guitars.

More than 25 amplifiers.

Race run body panels from NASCAR stock cars with autographs from Dale Earnhardt Sr, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson.

Earlier this month, Bass began dialysis and announced he is in need of a new kidney.

Bass, responsible for Jeff Gordon’s famous rainbow DuPont paint scheme and many others, suffers from Type 1 diabetes. In 2008, he lost the lower portion of his left leg. In 2014, a blood infection led to septic shock and he needed four surgeries in three weeks to survive.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for Bass’ medical bills with a goal of $350,000. At press time, the campaign had raised $8,095  in the last six days from 30 donations.

The site says:

“Sam, who has had diabetes all his life, is now on dialysis awaiting a kidney and pancreas transplant.
The bills for the years of kidney failure have been overwhelming.
Sam, who relocated his gallery, is now in the process of selling many works just to take care of these medical needs.
Those of us in the stock car community have enjoyed Sam’s amazing artistic talent over the decades.
Now it’s time for us, the racing family, to give back – to pay it forward – to help a friend, a brother live out a longer life to draw and paint the racing talent of the future.
Please help all you can. All donations will go toward Sam’s mounting medical bills.”

Donations also can be given through Motor Racing Outreach if the donation is specifically noted to be made for Bass.

For more information on kidney donation, go to the National Kidney Registry site.

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NASCAR artist Sam Bass states he needs a kidney transplant

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Sam Bass, the affable artist who designed some of NASCAR’s most iconic cars and program covers, announced Sunday morning that he is starting dialysis and needs a kidney transplant.

Bass, who created the design for Jeff Gordon’s rainbow No. 24 car, has Type 1 diabetes. In 2008, Bass lost the lower portion of his left leg. In 2014, a blood infection led to septic shock and he needed four surgeries within three weeks to survive.

Jeff Gordon at Daytona in 1996. Photo by: David Taylor /Allsport

Bass has done artwork in NASCAR since 1981 and began designing the program covers in 1985 for Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The first officially licensed artist of NASCAR designed the Budweiser No. 8 car Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his Cup debut with in 1999, the No. 3 Wheaties car Dale Earnhardt drove in the 1997 Winston and the 1988 Miller High Life car Bobby Allison drove to victory in the Daytona 500.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove one of Bass’ latest designs last month at Auto Club Speedway.

Bass opened a new studio minutes from Charlotte Motor Speedway in September.

For more information on kidney donation, go to the National Kidney Registry site.

 and on Facebook

What could’ve been: Early versions of Sam Bass’ Axalta paint scheme for Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Not all paint schemes are created equal and not all professionally designed schemes make it to the track.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has given us a glimpse at how much work went into designing the Axalta paint scheme he is driving this year.

MORE: 2017 Cup Series primary paint schemes

Earnhardt posted an Instagram video showing multiple designs that Sam Bass, the first NASCAR authorized artist, created before he came up with the final product.

Along with his NASCAR paintings, Bass is known for designing paint schemes, including Jeff Gordon‘s famous DuPont rainbow scheme.

Just a handful of ideas @sambassartist ran through while developing the design for this seasons @axaltaracing #88

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NASCAR America: Ryan Reed excited to drive car with Bobby Allison’s paint scheme

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Ryan Reed unveiled the throwback paint scheme he’ll have for the Labor Day weekend Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway. The car is similar to the No. 16 Matador NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison drove in 1975. Reed was joined by Allison and motorsports artist Sam Bass. & @sambassartist

Ryan Reed honoring Bobby Allison with Darlington paint scheme

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Roush Fenway Racing is the second team to unveil a throwback paint scheme for the Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 3.

On Monday, Roush debuted the paint scheme Ryan Reed‘s No. 16 Ford will bear for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200. The car will have the red, white and blue paint scheme used by Bobby Allison in 1975 when he drove a No. 16 Matador for Roger Penske and was sponsored by Coca-Cola and AMC.

That season, Allison started 19 of 30 Sprint Cup races and finished 10. Of those, Allison earned three wins, including a sweep of the Darlington races.

“Bobby Allison is a true icon in this sport,” said team owner Jack Roush in a press release. “I’m beyond honored to have one of our cars carry a paint scheme that Bobby ran. I look forward to making him proud at Darlington Raceway later this season.”

Sam Bass, the first officially-licensed NASCAR artist, helped design the paint scheme. Like Reed, Bass lives with type 1 diabetes.  On race weekend, after the No. 16 goes through inspection, Bass will hand paint the Lilly Diabetes 140th Anniversary logo on the decklid of Reed’s car.

“I’ve been honored to do some pretty amazing things during my time in NASCAR, but painting a logo ‘Old School’ on a racecar at the track is new for me,” said Bass in a press release. “What Ryan and his team are doing in the diabetes community is really special to me and I’m honored to be included with two things I’m so passionate about – NASCAR history and diabetes awareness.”

The paint scheme will be featured on today’s episode of NASCAR America, which airs from 6-7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 can be seen on Sept. 3 on NBC.