Car Show Will Support Victims of Boston Marathon Bombings


  • Spikes Ride for Boston Picture

    Spikes Ride for Boston Picture

    A charity auto show will benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. | June 26, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • A charity car, truck and motorcycle show in Brockton, Massachusetts on July 20 will benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • The event is being organized by George "Spikes" LeGrice who put together a show in April to support victims of the Sandy Hook school shootings.
  • Entry to the show, to be held at the Brockton Fairgrounds, will be $15 for cars and motorcycles, $20 for trucks and $5 for spectators.

BROCKTON, Massachusetts — George "Spikes" LeGrice, who organized a huge charity car show in April to benefit the victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, is putting together a similar event to be held on July 20 in support of those most affected by the bombings that took place this year at the Boston Marathon.

Spikes Ride for Boston, at the Brockton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts, is open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles, whether domestic or imported, stock or custom. As LeGrice told Edmunds, "It's another all-come-all-show event. If you built it, bought it and drive it, then bring it. That's what it's all about — the enthusiast community as a whole."

The cost to enter the show is $15 for a car or bike and $20 for a truck. The spectator entry fee is $5. All proceeds will go to victims, families, and first-responders affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

LeGrice isn't sure yet exactly which organizations will benefit from the proceeds. An obvious choice, The One Fund for Boston, is already very well funded, having raised more than $50 million for the cause. LeGrice says he's inclined to support some of the smaller charities that haven't received as much attention and may be more in need of assistance.

If all goes according to plan, the event will feature a variety of attractions, in addition to the car show. The "ride" portion of Spikes Ride for Boston will have vehicles driving to Brockton from multiple staging locations throughout the Northeast. Once there, participants will find live music, food and beverages, numerous vendors, event t-shirts, and possibly stunt riders. LeGrice calls it good family entertainment.

At first glance, the 28-year-old with tattoos and a prominent Mohawk may seem more gearhead than charity-event organizer. But LeGrice is both. An EMT and National Guardsman from New England, he clearly has a deep sense of community and dedication to helping those in need. And as a hard-core motor enthusiast, when he sees a problem, his natural inclination is to solve it with cars, trucks and bikes.

The Sandy Hook benefit at Lime Rock Park earlier this year is a prime example of LeGrice's enthusiasm and ability. That show drew about 4,000 spectators and 2,400 vehicles from as far away as Texas and raised more than $26,000 for victims of last December's school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

For more information, check out the Spikes Ride for Boston Facebook page.

Edmunds says: This show has the potential to be a huge success, raising funds for a good cause and providing a fun time for gearheads and families alike.

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