Photo courtesy of ADESA.

Photo courtesy of ADESA.

ADESA Boston has raised more than $55,000 for JDRF, a leading advocacy group for people with type 1 diabetes, during the auction’s annual charity drive, according to ADESA, a business unit of KAR Auction Services.

The main event of the charity drive was the auction’s 16th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, held in May. This event raised more than $38,000 through a live auction, show entry fees, and sponsorships.

“The success of this annual event is astounding,” said Jack Neshe, general manager of ADESA Boston. “Thanks to tremendous generosity from our employees, our customers, local businesses and law enforcement agencies, as well as the community, we’ve been able to support the important research that JDRF funds to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.”

More than 50 motorcycles and 180 cars were on display. First, second, and third-place trophies were awarded by a panel of judges in both the car and the motorcycle categories. The People’s Choice trophy went to auctioneer Mike Chambers’ 1975 Volkswagen camper van.

During the past 16 years, the auction’s annual charity drive has raised more than $600,000 for children’s charities, including JDRF. The drive runs through June 30.

“This event has become a favorite in the community, and we look forward to hosting it every year,” said Neshe. “The classic cars and motorcycles draw fans back year after year.”