HISTORY’s ‘Counting Cars’ Donating Thousands of Toy Cars to Las Vegas Children’s Charities


As the second season of HISTORY’s Las Vegas-based car restoration show Counting Cars gets underway, the “Count the Cars” tour turns into a charitable culmination. Over the last few weeks, HISTORY brought a 1966 Cadillac Coupe de Ville – restored by Danny Koker and the crew at Count’s Kustoms and filled with tens of thousands of mini-cars – to car shows and races around the country. Fans at the events (and online) guessed how many mini cars were inside for the chance to win the Cadillac.

The winner has yet to be announced, but HISTORY has decided to donate the toy cars to the Las Vegas Speedway Children’s Charities, which, since 1999, has distributed $1.7 million in funding to children’s organizations in the southern Nevada area surrounding the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Charities that benefit from the the Las Vegas Speedway’s program include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum and Nevada Children’s Center, Inc., to name just a few.


Counts Kustoms
Count’s Kustoms is a licensed dealer of kustom choppers and hot rods. We are your one-stop shop for in-house paint, upholstery, frame-up builds and service. Our custom hot rods and choppers exceed expectation with creativity and die-hard quality, not to mention incredible handling and rideability. Metal on metal, mild to wild, the Count’s Kustoms builders take great pride and care into every one of the kustom bikes and hot rods fabricated in our shop. Using only professional-grade parts in the industry, we forge our vehicles to fit the particular tastes of our customers, and then some. With razor-sharp attention to detail, from the bodywork to the final paint fit and finish, every custom embodies individuality and forward thinking, with a nod to the retro.
Count’s Kustoms has been gaining media attention in the last 5 years, having appeared on high-profile television shows such as MTV, VH-1, Discovery Channel, and most recently, History Channel’s Pawn Stars, as their resident auto expert.
2012 marks an incredible year for Danny “The Count” Koker and his team as he promises to make “this year Count.” We can only imagine the best is yet to come.

Counting Cars
Most people in Las Vegas bet with chips, but Danny “The Count” Koker bets with cars. Known from his numerous appearances on Pawn Stars, this Sin City legend walks, talks and breathes classic American muscle cars. When he sees a car he wants, he will do whatever it takes to get his hands on it—including making on-the-spot cash offers to unsuspecting owners. On the HISTORY series Counting Cars, Danny and his team restore, customize and sell cars in a hurry, scrambling to keep their Las Vegas shop in the black. From vintage Thunderbirds to classic Corvettes, toy cars to souped-up sidecar motorcycles, Danny and the crew of Count’s Kustoms will stop at nothing to find and flip the greatest rides of all time.

HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™ are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as we…ll as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network’s program offerings are hit series such as Ax Men, Battle 360, How The Earth Was Made, Ice Road Truckers, and Pawn Stars, as well as acclaimed specials including 102 Minutes That Changed America, 1968 with Tom Brokaw, King, Life After People, Nostradamus: 2012 and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. The HISTORY web site, located at www.history.com, is the definitive historical online source that delivers entertaining and informative content featuring broadband video, interactive timelines, maps, games, podcasts and more.



Glittering Lights to Participate in Speedway Children¹s Charities Annual Grant Distribution Event

Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Participate in
Speedway Children’s Charities Annual Grant Distribution Event

Local Holiday Spectacular continues to raise money for children’s charities

Glittering Lights, the holiday drive-through spectacular, will participate in the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities grant distribution and tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This year the annual ceremony will award $199,000 to 60 local charities, an increase of 13 from last year. Each charity will also have its own tree and lighted name display dedicated to them in the newly created Avenue of Trees section at Glittering Lights.

Throughout the holiday season, Glittering Lights donates a portion of ticket sales to Speedway Children’s Charities and raised $27,300 for the organization last year. Speedway Children’s Charities also raised funds through efforts including the chapter’s 10th annual golf tournament, the Cards for Kids Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournament at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower and Laps for Charity at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Children representing each charity are invited to attend the annual grant distribution event in the media center. This event will feature a child-friendly holiday buffet, musical performances, holiday games and gifts from Santa Claus, who will arrive aboard a Richard Petty Driving Experience racecar. Tram rides will then be available to guide guests through the Glittering Lights holiday spectacular to view the Avenue of Trees.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada provides $2 off admission with a donation of gently used items at any of the 30+ sites located in Southern Nevada or at the entrance of Glittering Lights.
Glittering Lights is open nightly through Jan. 6, 2013, Monday through Thursday from 5:30-9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 5:30-10 p.m.

About Glittering Lights
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Nevada’s largest drive-through Christmas light show with millions of LED lights and hundreds of sparkling light displays. Glittering Lights is back for its 12th season and its third year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With more than one million lights along a 2.5-mile course, the festive holiday event brings a smile to everyone’s face year after year. Glittering Lights will be open nightly starting Nov. 16, 2012 through Jan. 6, 2013, Monday through Thursday from 5:30-9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 5:30-10 p.m. and holidays. Discount tickets can be purchased at any Las Vegas Walgreens.

About Speedway Children’s Charities
Making a difference in a child’s life is the focus of Speedway Children’s Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC’s local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. For more information on SCC, please contact director Paulette Anderson at (702) 917-6493 or panderson@lvms.com, or visit www.scclasvegas.org.