You May Hate George W. Bush But His Signature Just Raised Almost A Million For Charity

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His signature on a Shelby GT350 Mustang, that is.

A month ago we showed you a very special Shelby GT350 Mustang that had been signed by former president George W. Bush. Now Bush didn't just sign the Mustang for funsies. He did it to raise money for the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, designed to help post-9/11 vets make the switch from military to civilian life. Now Bush didn't make it to the auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance but Jay Leno did and he helped drive up the price in a big way.

The car itself sold for $700,000 and an additional $185,000 was brought in via donations. In addition to Leno, Henry Ford III was also onstage for the auction as was the director of the Military Service Initiative, retired U.S. Army Colonel Miguel Howe. Howe actually did push-ups to help raise additional funds! Now all that money benefits a good cause but also gets the owner a track beast powered by a 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 engine. It also comes equipped with the Track Pack featuring MagneRide suspension, stiffer springs and engine oil and transmission fluid coolers. Say what you want about Bush but one stroke of his pen just raised a lot of money for vets.

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