The 1995 Ford Thunderbird that Tim Tebow owned and drove throughout his college career at the University of Florida, and then donated to his foundation, has gone through a complete custom restoration-modification by racing legend Richard Petty’s team at Petty’s Garage in Level Cross, N.C.
The car that wouldn’t start a few months ago is now a Gator-themed, Pro Touring Style street-legal race car — decked out in an eye-catching orange and blue custom paint job and Tebow’s No. 15 on each door.
“We’re excited to have this true one-of-a-kind vehicle to raise awareness and funds towards our mission to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need,” said Erik Dellenback, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “From the moment we met Mr. Petty and his team, we knew they would make the perfect partner on this project.”
The custom-built Thunderbird made its debut last Saturday at the third annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.
The entire project was overseen by “The King,” himself. Each week, Petty would personally take inspection of the car’s progress and build.
“I just wanted to make sure we got all our best stuff in there,” said Petty, owner and founder of Petty’s Garage. “I enjoyed watching it all come together, as this has been a car we’ve wanted to help with for a while now. Our guys did a great job, and it looks great for Tim and his foundation.”
Tebow and foundation representatives were able to recently visit Petty’s Garage and see the completed car.