Ducati Announces Charity Auction of Motorcycle Featured in Warner Bros. Action Comedy “Chips”
CUPERTINO, CA - Ducati North America is offering film fans and motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to own a piece of the Warner Bros. feature film “CHIPS.” The iconic Italian company announced the eBay For Charity auction of the Hypermotard motorcycle that appears in the film, ridden by Dax Shepard, who not only stars in but also wrote and directed the film, as well as his co-star Michael Peña. Bidding for the Ducati Hypermotard began on March 16, and will run through March 26 at 12 p.m. PST. Starting bids begin at $5,000. All proceeds from the auction will go to PATH to support their mission to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities.
The action comedy “CHIPS” will open nationwide on Friday, March 24.
“The spirit of ‘CHIPS’ mirrors what we all know and love about motorcycling,” said Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America. “But there’s also an important mission behind this campaign, and we’re glad to be aligned with PATH and their dedication to alleviate homelessness. We hope that by working with the seasoned team at eBay for Charity that we’ll be able to harness the energy of the film and the exhilaration of the Hypermotard to raise funds for this much-needed cause, while also allowing one lucky fan the chance to own some amazing Hollywood memorabilia.”
Joel John Roberts, CEO of PATH said, “We are so appreciative of Ducati, Warner Bros., and eBay For Charity for this opportunity. PATH is committed to ending homelessness, and with more than 118,000 people homeless in California, we depend on the support of dedicated community members to help us achieve our mission.”
The motorcycle up for auction, which is autographed by Shepard and Peña, is one of only two Ducati Hypermotards remaining from production that were used in the film. A sport bike for the city, the Hypermotard is a Supermotard-style performer with a high, slender tailpiece and narrow sides, reminiscent of dirt bike design language, yet with a truly original look and the cutting-edge technology for the street, by which Ducati is known.
The auction is open to residents of the United States, Canada and Mexico over the age of 18 and delivery must be taken through a Ducati North America authorized dealer. For more information and to bid visit http://www.ebay.com/chipsthemovie.
Additional information about Ducati, including participating dealers and availability can be found at www.ducati.com.
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Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles characterized by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Situated in Bologna, the factory is located in the Borgo Panigale district. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, and Superbike. In 2015 Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in creativity and self-expression. These authentic icons of “made in Italy”, together with an extensive range of associated accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries around the world. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.
PATH, founded in 1984, ends homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. They do this by building affordable housing and providing supportive services throughout California. In just the last four years PATH has helped narly 7,000 people move off the streets and into permanent homes. Their goal is to help 10,000 people Make It Home by 2020. www.epath.org
About eBay for Charity:
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About the film
In the action comedy “CHIPS,” written and directed by Dax Shepard, Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten-up former pro motorcycle racer trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and the hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kick-starting a real partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s unique bike skills and Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy first.
“CHIPS” stars Dax Shepard as Jon and Michael Peña as Ponch, along with Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, and Vincent D’Onofrio. The film was produced by Andrew Panay and Ravi Mehta, and is based on the popular television series created by Rick Rosner. Robert J. Dohrmann, Nate Tuck, Rick Rosner, Michael Peña and Dax Shepard served as executive producers. The director of photography was Mitchell Amundsen; production designer, Maher Ahmad; editor, Dan Lebental; costume designer, Diane Crooke; and composer, Fil Eisler. A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, an Andrew Panay Production, “CHIPS” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company. www.chipsthemovie.com.
Rated R for crude sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some violence and drug use.
Source: Ducati North America