Ridgely Car Show to be fea­tured on ‘My Clas­sic Car’ episode

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

RIDGELY — The “My Clas­sic Car” episode fea­tur­ing the 2016 Ridgely Car Show will be tele­vised at 8:30 a.m. Satur­day, June 24, on Ve­loc­ity Chan­nel.

“My Clas­sic Car” host Den­nis Gage filmed the episode dur­ing his visit to the car show last Oc­to­ber, which fea­tured an ap­pear­ance by NAS­CAR le­gend Richard Petty. The 2016 car show set a record with 846 reg­is­tered cars and more than 15,000 peo­ple vis­it­ing the small Caro­line County town on a bright fall day.

Petty signed au­to­graphs and met with fans in front of the Ridgely Phar­macy and Ice Cream Par­lor on Belle Street. The visit marked Petty’s third trip to down­town Ridgely for the car show. 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.

The Petty Fam­ily Foun­da­tion re­cently hon­ored the or­ga­niz­ers for the Ridgely Car Show for their char­ity work for the foun­da­tion, pre­sent­ing Ridgely Car Show founder Brenda Walls and her car show team, Petty North, with the first-ever Petty Fam­ily Foun­da­tion Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award.

The Petty North board mem­bers in­clude Robert Ni­chols, Kevin Hurd, Brian Hurd, Sue Sim­mons, Gary Manos, Lori Mead, Joe An­der­son, Joe Par­lanti, Carol Knott and Danny Knott.

The 2017 Ridgely Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 15, and Richard Petty is sched­uled to make his fourth ap­pear­ance at the event.

Petty will be sign­ing au­to­graphs and meet with fans from noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Ridgely Phar­macy and Ice Cream Par­lor on Belle Street. The car show will be giv­ing out 200 wrist­bands the day of the show to meet the NAS­CAR le­gend.

Also sched­uled to ap­pear at the car show will be The “Miss Hurst” Linda Vaughn and Roy Hill who won 28 IHRA na­tional event vic­to­ries and cur­rently op­er­ates Roy Hill’s Drag Rac­ing School. They will be sign­ing au­to­graphs from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m.

Ad­mis­sion to the car show is free for all ages. Regis­tra­tion for cars, mo­tor­cy­cles and trucks is un­der way and can be done at www.ridge­ly­carshow.com. There is a new diesel truck cat­e­gory for 2017.

More than 100 tro­phies, in­clud­ing some very unique tro­phies for spe­cific classes, will be awarded on a judged ba­sis. Pre-regis­tra­tion con­tin­ues un­til Sept. 15. Ve­hi­cles can reg­is­ter the day of the show be­gin­ning at 8 a.m.

The event also will fea­ture live mu­sic, lo­cal ven­dors and ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. The mu­si­cal acts Penny Pis­tolero, Kick­Back, Chris Sachs, Dust N’ Bones and The But­ler & Jami­son Acous­tic Duo are sched­uled to per­form.

On Satur­day, Oct. 14, the car show hosts the sec­ond an­nual Tour Caro­line Road Rally. The Road Rally ac­cepts all years, makes and mod­els of cars. To reg­is­ter for the Tour Caro­line Road Rally, visit www. ridge­ly­carshow.com.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Ridgely Car Show or­ga­nizer Brenda Walls, cen­ter, gets a pic­ture with “My Clas­sic Car” host Den­nis Gage, left, and NAS­CAR le­gend Richard Petty at the 2016 Ridgely Car Show.

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