By Tim Saunders on
NASCAR driver Kyle Petty has signed a guitar that is being auctioned off to raise money for his camps for terminally ill children.
The driver is currently leading a long-distance motorcycle ride through the United States to raise funds for the Victory Junction Gang, a series of camps he opened to serve children with a variety of health issues that would typically prevent them from attending camps. To help raise awareness of the ride, Petty has autographed a new Gretsch 6120 Nashville model guitar specially donated by the Gretsch Company, a familiar name to lovers of fine guitars, and the instrument is currently up for grabs on eBay.
“I can’t say how happy I am that Gretsch came on board to help us out like this,” said Petty. “It is a great guitar! I play my guitar every day of my life. I have one at home and I have one on the road with me when I travel. There is something about a guitar that just brings happiness. I have about 150 songs that I have written not only for my family, but for friends. This guitar is a unique item, and I am sure that it will do really well during this auction. We are really excited!”
The driver is also excited about his motorcycle ride, which has raised over $10 million for his charity since the first ride in 1995.
“I could have never imagined what we have created,” he said. "The Ride really started with just a handful of us that got pledges to ride across country and wanted to donate to children’s hospitals in different cities. We were thinking, “Wow! Riding motorcycles and donating money to charity, it does not get any better than this!”. The Ride started out as just a few riders, and now it has a waiting list. It is amazing how much support we have gotten, not only from the communities, but the past and present riders as well."
To find out more about the ride, visit their website.
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