- Lime Rock Park will host a huge car show on Saturday to benefit victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.
- The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles.
- Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and entry fees are $15 for cars and motorcycles, $20 for trucks and $5 for spectators.
LAKEVILLE, Connecticut — A huge car, truck and motorcycle show will take place this Saturday at Lime Rock Park to benefit the victims and first-responders of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.
More than 3,000 vehicles have entered the show, organized by George "Spikes" LeGrice of Raynham, Massachusetts. Tickets are $15 for cars and motorcycles, $20 for trucks and $5 for spectators. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event started as a simple benefit ride, but once LeGrice set up a Facebook page, thousands of people responded, adding their own thoughts and feelings, as well as ideas for rides and cruises to support the cause. Now that word has spread, participants are coming from all over, mostly from eastern states but some from as far away as Texas.
As participation grew, LeGrice knew he'd need a large venue, so he contacted nearby historic Lime Rock Park, well known as a road-racing track and current host of Grand Am and American Le Mans Series events. Lime Rock eagerly offered to donate its facilities for the day.
"It took us about 2.38 seconds to say 'yes' when George called us looking for a place," Lime Rock spokesman Rick Roso told Edmunds. "He understood there are few venues with the size and experience to handle an event like this, so we're glad he reached out to us. I can tell you, to a man and woman here at Lime Rock, we're doing everything we can to help make this a big success. None of us can know what those families are going through. Any help we can provide...well, there are no words for what happened."
All proceeds from the show will go to three charities: Sandy Hook Family Healing Fund, which helps survivors and their families; Adopt a Sandy Hook Cop, formed to support the local police department; and EverWonder Children's Museum, an innovative new facility planned for Newtown.
The event will feature live music, food and beverage service, a drifting exhibition, motorcycle stunt show, custom truck raffle, children's activities and an Eastern Motor Racing Association track event.
Edmunds says: Shows like this are always fun, but combining the event with the chance to support such a good cause makes Spikes Ride for Sandy Hook unique.