NASCAR legend Richard Petty visits Ridgely
RIDGELY — NASCAR Legend Richard Petty made his fifth trip to the eighth annual Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 14, and met with fans to help raise money for charity.
Petty arrived around 11 a.m. to the show, which featured more than 800 cars on Belle and 1st streets in front of the Ridgely Pharmacy and Ice Cream Parlor. He greeted fans and signed autographs for about 90 minutes. Then he rode around the car show in a golf cart to greet fans and take pictures.
“Richard is amazing with people,” said event organizer Brenda Walls. “He embraces meeting everyone who comes up to him.
“We really appreciate his support for our car show,” she said. “We have been able to grow the car show, and raise a lot of money for charity because Richard cares so much about helping Ridgely and Caroline County.”
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, the event has raised nearly $300,000 for charity, with the Petty Family Foundation becoming the car show’s primary charity five years ago.
The car show also benefits the Ridgely Car Show Foundation nonprofit organization, which supports local charities, including Pink Cares of the Eastern Shore, Md., Talbot Special Riders, Caroline Optimist Club, Shop With A Cop, Saint Martin’s Ministries, Metropolitan Firefighters Burn Centers and His Hope Haven.
“We appreciate all the support from the community through the years,” Walls said. “We’ve been able to help so many people, so many children with the money raised through the car show.
“Thank you to all of our team members, partners and volunteers for making this another successful car show,” she said. “Sue Simmons at Caroline Recreation and Parks is a key members that really makes this event run so smoothly. Special thank you to all the law enforcement who help us each and every year.”
Also signing autographs at the event were “Miss Hurst” Linda Vaughn; Tom Sarnento, builder of the “General Lee;” Roy Hill ,who won 28 IHRA national event victories and currently operates Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School; and popular automotive television personality David Rea, owner of DB Restorations LLC, a Mopar-only restoration shop in Creswell, Ore.
Sheriff’s offices from Caroline, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties assisted at the car show, along with Ridgely police and Maryland State Police.
The car show accepted all years, makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles in dozens of classes. There were more than 100 trophies, including some very unique trophies for specific classes, awarded on a judged basis.
Memorabilia was auctioned off for charity, including a racing helmet with more than 40 signatures from NASCAR stars and racing legends.
“It is great for the town of Ridgely to put on such a big event,” said Ridgely Town Commissioner Anthony Casey. “It is the largest car show on the Mid-Shore, and one of the largest events on the Eastern Shore. People from the entire mid-Atlantic region come here each year for the car show.”
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NASCAR legend Richard Petty, back, meets Jacob Woodstock at the Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 14.
NASCAR legend Richard Petty, left, greets Kyleigh Witter of Ridgely at the Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 14.
NASCAR legend Richard Petty, back left, greets Maxwell Myers, Alex Myers and Max Myers at the Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 14.
The Bayside Breeze 14u Price team gets together at the Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 14.
NASCAR legend Richard Petty, middle the Papineau family of Easton at the Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 14. From left, Riley Papineau, Pat Papineau, P.J. Papineau, Richard Petty, Trilby Papineau and Carter Papineau.
Bob Sigmon, right, was awarded the best in show trophy by NASCAR legend Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 14. Sigmon is joined by Jen Merrick.
Dave Skerritt, left, meets Linda Vaughn at the Ridgely Car Show Sunday, Oct. 14.