WESTMORLAND – Saturday morning, 150 celebrity motorcyclists rolled into Westmorland, engines roaring, with NASCAR family legend Kyle Petty leading the pack. This 2800 mile, cross country charity ride started at 6:30 a.m. in Carlsbad, Ca and will end their first day in Tucson, AZ. Eight days later they plan to finish on the east coast at Daytona Beach, Florida.
Some of the celebrity riders included, Congressman Allen West, NFL great Hershel Walker, and Top Gear TV star, Rutledge Wood. Dozens of fans gathered at the Westmorland Shell gas station, including one of the fire engines with lights flashing from Westmorland Fire Department, waiting for the entourage to arrive. Money raised from the Kyle Petty Charity Ride will go to Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Kyle established the camp in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam. Because of the generosity of the riders, the camp has opened their doors to more than 7,730 children, free of charge. The ride is in the 10th year and has provided life changing camp experiences to more than 19,000 children and their families. Kyle Petty is the son of NASCAR champion Richard petty and grandson of NASCAR pioneer Lee Petty. Kyle began his 30-year racing career as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver in 1979 at the age of 19.
Lauren Hutchinson, waiting with her friends said, “I volunteered in 2008 at Victory Junction. I could write a book about my experiences. I have been looking for ways to get back to camp, but life keeps getting in the way, maybe next year. It was the greatest week of my life.”