Submit your winning bid for an Extreme Bus Makeover

On-line bidding ends on Aug. 31

Now is your turn to be the talk of the campgrounds at Michigan International Speedway. Time is running short to submit your winning bid for the 2013 edition of Extreme Bus Makeover.

Be the lucky race fan that has their race weekend bus exterior professionally designed, painted and decaled by the MIS Staff. The owner of the bus will meet with the MIS staff in January of 2013 to mutually agree upon a design that will be a fabulous transition. The bus will need to be delivered to MIS (at the cost of the auction winner) in January and will be stored, made over and unveiled to the owner of the bus in May.

Proceeds benefit MIS Cares, Michigan International Speedway’s official charity, and the NASCAR Foundation.

“We are excited to makeover the exterior of a bus for one lucky fan,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “The idea started in 2009 when I was letting campers into the infield and it has grown every year. Our maintenance department enjoys painting the bus during the winter months and it is fun to see the excitement on the fan’s face when the bus is returned.”

Restrictions and limitations include but are not limited to: designs produced only by the MIS staff, no fabrications of the bus and strictly paint and vinyl will be added to the exterior. Winner will be required to execute additional releases by MIS and NASCAR Foundation.

You can submit your winning bid at http://bit.ly/OwrwPt.

This will mark the fourth year MIS has repainted a bus for a lucky fan. What started as a spur-of-the-moment decision to do something cool for a fan has grown into an annual tradition discussed among those very fans every year.

William “Bill” Brown from Cassopolis, Mich., submitted the winning bid with high drama a year ago as his home computer malfunctioned. Instead of growing frustrated, he used his intuition and his very understanding girlfriend to win the auction. His girlfriend allowed him to make the winning bid on her computer at her flower shop.

“We found this bus and put a nice stand on it to make it safe for everybody,” Brown said after delivering the bus to the speedway last year. “We have from 12-16 people here at the races. We made a safe bus and now it is time to get some color on it.”

Brown was overwhelmed with joy when he saw the redesigned bus for the first time in May. “Came for the party! Stayed for the race!” is now painted across the side of the bus; a list of Brown’s favorite drivers is on the back.

An 11-year veteran of MISCamping.com infield camping, Brown witnessed firsthand the work of the MIS maintenance department. He was jealous when he saw the buses for Maurice “Moe” Clark (2009) and Tom “Woolfy” Wolfram and Mike Smith (2010) enter the infield as the winners of the first two makeovers. Brown decided to make 2012 his year for a makeover.

Now you can, too, and support MIS Cares and the NASCAR Foundation.

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