2016 Ridgely Car Show

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. Gage and Petty are scheduled to appear at the 2019 Ridgely Car Show set for Sept. 22.

RIDGELY — Early registration for the ninth annual Ridgely Car Show continues through Sunday, Sept. 1.

The car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in downtown Ridgely.

Online registration can be done at www.ridgelycarshow.com. There are 24 classes in the car/truck category. There also is four classes for American motorcycles. The final class, Metric Motorcycle, includes custom and stock classes.

All car/truck classes are judged, with trophies going to first, second and third places. There will be more than 90 trophies, including some very unique trophies for specific classes.

The first 100 vehicle exhibitors to show up the morning of the show will receive a dash plaque and all entries receive a goody bag. In addition, one lucky registered entry will win $500 in our raffle.

NASCAR legend Richard Petty is scheduled to make his sixth and final appearance at the Ridgely Car Show, for what organizers are calling “The Last Lap.” The show benefits the Petty Family Foundation, which serves the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., a haven for children stricken with serious illness and injury.

The show also benefits the Ridgely Car Show Foundation nonprofit organization, which supports local charities, including Pink Cares of the Eastern Shore, Md.

Petty will be signing autographs and meet with fans 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.

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.

At the 2017 car show, Petty helped dedicate the road between the Ridgely Pharmacy and Provident State Bank as “Petty North.”

Admission to the car show is free for all ages.

Also scheduled to appear at the car show will be “Miss Hurst” Linda Vaughn, Roy Hill who won 28 IHRA national event victories and currently operates Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School, DB Restorations owner David Rea, Rachel De Barros from All Girls Garage and Tom Sarnento builder of the “General Lee.” They also will be signing autographs.

Also returning to the Ridgely Car Show will be Dennis Gage, star of the television show “My Classic Car.” Gage filmed an episode of “My Classic Car” at the 2016 Ridgely Car Show.

For more information and to register for the Ridgely Car Show, visit www.ridgelycarshow.com and find them on Facebook.

Follow Caroline/Dorchester Editor Dustin Holt on Twitter @Dustin_StarDem.

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