Charlie Cunningham Benefit Auction

Charlie Cunningham Benefit Auction

On Saturday, March 23rd, from 5-7 PM, Marin Museum of Bicycling will host a benefit party and auction to support fallen comrade Charlie Cunningham. Cunningham, a renowned and courageous bicycle designer and builder, had a nasty tumble from his bicycle in 2016. He remains in treatment for severe complications suffered during his recovery.

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to contribute to Charlie Cunningham’s medical and rehabilitation expenses, you may donate to his GoFundMe campaign.

Since the 1970s, Charlie Cunningham has contributed immensely to mountain biking. In 1979 he produced the first aluminum mountain bike, prototype for hundreds he would build in Fairfax. Cunningham’s “CC Proto” includes many firsts in the sport. In 1982 Cunningham, along with Steve Potts and Mark Slate, co-founded Wilderness Trail Bikes (WTB), an industry leader of great fame.

The evening will include a silent “Creators'” auction, and the final call of a week-long eBay auction of a specially built Cunningham Homage Bike. Proceeds from the bike sale will go to the Cunningham Relief Fund. Silent auction proceeds will go to the Cunningham Relief Fund and host Marin Museum of Bicycling, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Several Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductees plan to attend.

The Cunningham Homage Bike is the brainchild of the Good Guyz, a worldwide vintage-bike group founded by collector Lars Weber of Switzerland. Legendary Yeti framebuilder “Frank The Welder” built the Cunningham-esque aluminum frame. Steve Potts created one of his iconic Type II forks. The Good Guyz donated the stellar vintage parts. The eBay auction is open now and will close at 6:01PM PST, during the event, so bring your eBay app and bid for CC during final minutes on the big screen.

Creators’ Auction items: Yeti founder John Parker has donated his prized welding helmet. Gary Fisher has donated a klunker frame he painted in the early 1970s in the psychedelia of the day. Mike Sinyard of Specialized has put up a 2019 S-Works “Sagan” Tarmac LTD frameset ($5250 value) and food for the event. Other creators of the sport are also donating special items. More details about auction items will be sent in a separate email.

Tickets for the March 23 benefit are $20 per adult ($10 for students and Marin Museum of Bicycling members). Tickets can be purchased on the museum website and at the museum (Thursdays-Sundays, 11-5). Not a member yet? Joining or renewing is easy: click here. Some tickets may be available at the door the evening of the event, but advance purchase is strongly recommended. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 23rd at 5:00 PM for a great cause.PURCHASE TICKETS


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