Harley-Davidson and Marvel Studios have announced they will auction a 2011 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle VRSCF that was signed by the stars of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ to support Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Some of the stars who autographed the motorcycle during the film’s world premiere in Los Angeles include Chris Evans, SamuelL. Jackson, Neal McDonough, director Joe Johnston, as well as comic icon Stan Lee.
Harley-Davidson worked with Marvel Studios to provide several motorcycles for film, which traces Captain America’s origins as a World War II era Superhero who rode a military motorcycle as a means of transportation. During World War II, Harley-Davidson produced approximately 90,000 motorcycles overseas to support the war effort.
The auction will take place at ebay.com/herobike and bids will be accepted from July 28, 2011 through August 4, 2011. All of the proceeds of auction will benefit Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust to fund the Harley’s Heroes program. DAV is a non-profit organization that represents the nation’s disabled veterans. The organization provides assistance to veterans in a number of ways including helping veterans obtain earned benefits, transportation to and from hospitals and educating the public about disabled veterans’ issues.
“Captain America and Harley-Davidson are both great symbols of freedom, but we can never forget the brave men and women who have made extraordinary sacrifices to protect our way of life,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson’s director of Marketing Communications. “We’re excited about the potential of this unique auction to strengthen our relationship with the Disabled American Veterans and the work they do.”
In addition to the auction, Captain America fans can visit a participating Harley-Davidson dealer to secure an exclusive poster featuring Captain America on his 1942 Harley-Davidson “Liberator,” while supplies last. Harley-Davidson’s promotional Web site, h-d.com/captainamerica, also features never-before-seen footage produced in collaboration with Marvel Studios.
About the film:
Directed by Joe Johnston (‘The Rocketeer’, ‘The Wolfman’), ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans (‘The Losers’), volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes, plyaed by Sebastian Stan (‘Black Swan’, ‘Kings’), and Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell (‘The Prisoner’), to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving (‘The Matrix’).
‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ was released in theaters on July 22, 2011. You can see our review here.