On September 21st and 22nd, like-minded Corvette and car enthusiasts will come together for a common purpose—raising awareness and funds to end breast cancer. Our two-day high performance driving event will take place at the Riddge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA and everyone is invited to join.
If you’ve ever dreamed of zipping around a race track at twice the legal speed then this event is for you! Our event is a two-day high performance driving event allowing people to ride along with experienced drivers in BMWs, Porsches, Mustangs, Miata’s, stock cars, and Vipers, just to name a few.... Experience first-hand the thrill and exhilaration of riding in a sports car. If riding along is not for you, The Ridge offers Karting as well, either way, come and join us on the paddock to take in the sights and sounds of a Track Day!
All fundraising for a cause begins when a personal story and personal values meet. Although the inspiration for this fundraiser came in September 2017, the background boils down to a few things: Our family mantra: Corvettes=Family=Love; the value of team and “taking care of our own” that I honed while serving in Desert Storm and have witnessed while watching racing teams; and the “Corvette Family” and “Track Family” I have had the privilege to be a part of. Couple these with the story of a friend whose wife is battling breast cancer, and the idea came to life. The story goes like this: While attending in September 2017, with my father-in-law, Ralph, we had the honor of meeting the Corvette racing team. Ron Helzer, lead mechanic, from the Corvette team gave us a tour of the garage and facilities. Everyone we met to include, Mr. and Mrs. Pratt, Ron Fellows, the drivers Antonio Garcia, Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Tom Dix to the entire team treated us with such grace, dignity, and hospitality, that we felt like family. Watching the team from the Corvette Garage in Laguna we could see they were well-oiled unit working as one cohesive team. However, it ran deeper than that. They were a family. This is when I heard the story of Tom Dix and his wife Erica's Mother. Erica's Mom is a breast cancer survivor. During the Laguna Race, The Corvette Racing Team was raising funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and I experienced first-hand the generosity of my fellow Corvette Owners as they opened not only their wallets, but also their hearts to Tom and Erica! It was so rewarding to see everyone come together to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. This is where my inspiration spawned the idea of holding a track event to support Tom and Erica Dix. Based upon the my great friend, Tom Pritchett’s from Turn2, who is important part of my track family, Camp Goodtimes Track Event, I was able to organize with less than a week’s notice and was able to raise $1600. This year we want to organize an event that creates a legacy of love and compassion by combining our passion for cars, family and be a part of a movement that is greater than ourselves i.e. finding the cure for breast cancer!
Why the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?
The American Cancer Society attacks cancer from every angle, are dedicated to prevention and early detection, work for equity and access to care, and fund vital research. Although Making Strides supports their breast cancer initiatives, the American Cancer Society supports people with and funds research for all types of cancer. Today, we know that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, specifically, and of those diagnosed, two out of three will survive the disease. We have a lot of work to do so that everyone who is diagnosed survives the disease. Every donation—big or small—makes an impact. So, we invite you to join us—Corvettes Racing For The Cure—on September 21st and 22nd—for a thrilling and live-saving time!
How you can join! Anyone can help:
- Be a part of our event by simply coming out and going for a ride! Make a donation online, bring cash, or a check made out to the American Cancer Society!
- Register online, set a goal, and fundraise! You can do this as a driver, participant, or even a “virtual racer”! Ask you friends and family for your support!
- Volunteer to be a driver!
- Recruit or become a sponsor!