Auction of rare Camaro police car to benefit Gliniewicz family
VOLO — "The Volo Auto Museum will auction off a rare, 2002 Camaro B4C police car, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the children of slain Fox Lake Police Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz," the museum director said.
Fifty-two-year-old Gliniewicz was shot and killed while on duty Tuesday, Sept. 1, leaving behind his wife of 26 years, Mel, and their four sons.
The funeral on Monday for the well-known, well-regarded officer and decorated U.S. Army veteran drew thousands. "Gliniewicz touched lives throughout the community, and the Grams family was no exception," said Brian Grams, director of the museum.
“Both of my girls knew him as ‘Joe Joe’,” Grams said of his 7- and 10-year-old daughters, Breanna and Bridgette. “They both looked up to him. We have snapshots of Joe carrying Breanna around on his shoulders … the girls just have a lot of positive memories about him.”
Grams said that as businesses and residents throughout the community look for ways to unite in the face of their shared tragedy, he decided that auctioning the rare car would be the museum’s way to help.
“It’s going to be dressed up as a tribute car to Joe,” Grams said. “Road Rage Designs is donating new graphics for the car.”
The Camaro police car that Volo will auction on eBay is one of only 13 built, Grams added. Originally, this high-performance Z/28 was available only to law enforcement.
“It is without a doubt an investment and highly collectible,” Grams said.
The no-reserve auction will start Friday, Sept. 11, and conclude Friday, Sept. 18. A direct link to the auction will be available at volocars.com. For the duration of the auction, anyone interested will be able to view the car in the courtyard outside of the museum entryway at 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo.
The car is also scheduled to be on display the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the McHenry Outdoor Theater during the theater’s benefit event for the Gliniewicz family. The theater is showing “Superman.” "Admission will be a donation of the theater-goer’s choosing, with all proceeds earmarked for the Gliniewicz family," theater owner Scott Dehn said.
Additionally, the car will be displayed during the Round Lake Heights 22nd Annual Festival parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.
The eBay auction begins Friday, Sept. 11, and ends Friday, Sept. 18. A link to the auction will be accessible at volocars.com.