By Dana Trumbull
How much would you pay for a chance to win “a beat up, old, white, well-used golf cart”? Marcus Rodgers, a veteran and “golf cart doctor” at Robinson Golf Cars, Apache Junction, AZ, provided the less-than-glowing description of a used SoloRider 34 golf cart that was donated to the Disabled American Veterans. But after three local shops got their hands into it, the result was something any patriotic American would be proud to own, whether for golf or neighborhood transportation.
The golf cart was earmarked as a prize to be awarded in a fundraiser to benefit the DAV. Tickets were sold by DAV members throughout Arizona, and the drawing was scheduled to take place at the 2018 annual convention, held June 6-9 at the Sheraton Tucson East in Tucson, AZ. Rather than handing it off “as is,” though, Dents Plus, AZ Hot Rod & Upholstery and Robinson Golf Cars teamed up to make it a real showstopper.
Dents Plus, 1680 E. 34th Ave., Apache Junction, created a stunning star-spangled paint job, complimented by an equally patriotic red, white and blue upholstery job contributed by AZ Hot Rod & Upholstery, 2134 S. Idaho Rd., also in AJ. Robinson Golf Cars, 2165 S. Coconino, Apache Junction, pitched in with batteries and wheel covers, and Rodgers donated his time and talents to transport and repair the cart. “What we pulled off was absolutely amazing,” Rodgers proudly proclaimed.
The fundraiser brought approximately $3,000 to the DAV coffers. A former commander of the DAV, Chapter 11, in Yuma, Arizona, was the lucky winner. “Usually, the prizewinner would donate the golf cart to a local veterans center or to a golf course for use by amputees or paraplegic veterans who want to be able to continue the sport,” explained CW Hall, southern district commander for the Arizona DAV. “But I don’t know if he’ll be able to turn loose of this one!”
Photo above: This used golf cart (inset) received lots of local TLC for a DAV benefit.