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