NASCAR legend returns to Ridgely Car Show
NASCAR LEGEND RICHARD PETTY SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS AND VISITED WITH FANS SUNDAY, OCT. 15, AT THE SEVENTH ANNUAL RIDGELY CAR SHOW.
Petty’s trip to Ridgely was his fourth, and he was joined by other racing legends Roy Hill and Linda Vaughn for a crowd of more than 12,000. The car show saw about 800 cars participate in the event.
“It is great to be back,” Petty said. “I enjoy coming here. Everyone is so nice and welcoming.”
The car show was held on Belle and Railroad streets. Petty visited with fans and signed autographs for about two hours in front of the Ridgely Pharmacy and Ice Cream Parlor on Belle Street.
The opportunity to bring Petty to the show came about when organizers selected the Petty Family Foundation as the event’s charity in 2013. The foundation serves the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., a haven for children stricken with serious illness and injury.
Since the car show began six years ago, the event has raised more than $250,000 for charity, with the Petty Family Foundation becoming the car show’s primary charity five years ago.
Bunky Luffman, a member of Gov. Larry Hogan’s staff, was joined by Del. Jeff Ghrist, R-36-Caroline; Ridgely Town Commissioners Anthony Casey and John Hurley; Caroline County Commissioners Wilbur Levengood, Dan Franklin and Larry Porter; and other local dignitaries to greet Petty.
Casey presented Petty with a Ridgely Challenge Coin and thanked him for supporting Ridgely and Caroline County.
“There are so many charities that get helped out here with the Ridgely Car Show Foundation, but also the local nonprofits that bring in money here to help the community,” Casey said.
Car show organizers also honored Petty by dedicating the road between the Ridgely Pharmacy and Provident State Bank as “Petty North.”
More than 100 trophies, including some unique trophies for specific classes, were awarded. Ridgely Police Officer Gordon Geesey received the Petty Choice Award from Petty for best car. The trophy was signed by Petty and featured a gear shifter.
“It was another great day today,” said Ridgely Car Show organizer Brenda Walls. “Thank you to all of our team members, volunteers, law enforcement and community members for helping to make this car show successful.
“We are so honored to have Richard Petty come to our car show. He is such an icon and a great person. It is great to have him here with two other racing icons, Roy Hill and Linda Vaughn. Thank you to them and everyone for joining us for the car show.”
The Ridgely Car Show unveils the Petty North sign next to the Ridgely Pharmacy Sunday, Oct. 15, in honor of NASCAR legend Richard Petty.
Sierra and Stacy Brooksby meet NASCAR legend Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show.
Ridgely Police Officer Gordon Geesey receives the Petty Choice Award from NASCAR legend Richard Petty for best car at the Ridgely Car Show Oct. 15.
Darrin Crowlser meets NASCAR legend Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show Oct. 15.
Joe MacCarroll and his son, Brayden, meet Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show. Brayden came in a full Petty firesuit and cowboy hat.
Racing legends, from left, Roy Hill, Linda Vaughn and Richard Petty visit the Ridgely Car Show.
NASCAR legend Richard Petty meets Delmarva Soap Box Derby champion car builder William Greenage at the Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 15.
Jordan Korell of Denton meets NASCAR legend Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 15.