NASCAR leg­end Richard Petty vis­its Ridgely

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Ridgely Car Show, v is itwww.ridg el y car show. com and find them on Face­book.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Mem­bers of the Ex­quis­ite Bas­ket­ball or­ga­ni­za­tion meet NASCAR leg­end Richard Petty at the Ridgely Car Show Sun­day, Oct. 14.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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