CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2009) – NASCAR celebrities, fans, loyal customers, family and friends will partner together to pay tribute to Click Baldwin while raising money for Victory Junction during the 7th Annual Ride to Victory on Saturday, October 10.
As an extension of Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Inc., this year’s Ride to Victory will benefit Victory Junction, a year-round facility serving children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.
Click Baldwin, long time friend of Kyle Petty, valuable member on the Board of Directors for the KPCR organization and local business owner of Carolina Harley-Davidson in Gastonia passed away following a motorcycle accident in Montana on July 29, 2008. This annual fundraiser honors and pays tribute to Click Baldwin for all the years of dedication and support since its inception.
“Back in 1995, he and I, along with a few other close friends, were just a group of guys that wanted to ride our motorcycles across the country,” Kyle Petty said. “We found out that we could raise some money for charity while doing so and the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America was born. While it had my name on it, Click was a driving force behind the ride.”
This one-day motorcycle ride gives fans the opportunity to ride across North Carolina with NASCAR celebrities while supporting a great cause. The ride is scheduled for Saturday, October 10th, the week before the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (ABC 7 p.m. EST).
Rally points this year will include Tilley Harley-Davidson in Statesville, Iron Horse Motorcycles in Monroe, Harley-Davidson of Charlotte and Carolina Harley-Davidson in Gastonia. The full group will depart from Carolina Harley-Davidson at 10:30 a.m., making a stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The group will continue to Kannapolis, N.C. and participate in a “classic” Charity Ride pit stop at Pilot Travel Center before arriving at Victory Junction. Participating fans and motorcycle enthusiasts will receive a commemorative pin, Ride to Victory VII t-shirt and more.
Click participated in the Ride Across America, as well as the Ride to Victory since its inception. “Baldwin’s fluorescent character is sorely missed; however, Click’s friends and supporters know that while he may be absent visibly, his spirit transcends,“ said Kenny Crosswhite, founder of Perception Ministries and a NASCAR chaplain.
Victory Junction is a member of the NASCAR Foundation Family of Charities. For more information or to pre-register, please visit www.kylepettycharityride.com or call 704-714-4545.
Registration will be available at all rally points the day of the event; however, rider spots are limited and pre-registration is recommended.