9. Kyle Petty Charity Ride



Famed Harley tuner and builder of Lucifer’s Hammer, Don Tilley co-founded the Kyle Petty Charity Ride with Kyle Petty in 1995, and not only led but personally mapped out every KPCR route since. Unfortunately, Mr. T passed last August, so the 2015 ride will not just support Victory Junction, but will also serve as tribute to Tilley. Victory Junction is a camp established in 2004 in Randleman, NC, by the Petty family in honor of Kyle’s late son Adam, who died on the race track in 2000. Kids age six to 16 who aren’t able to attend other camps due to serious medical problems get to experience all the thrills of camp – arts and crafts, archery, swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, woodshop, and music and theatre – in a special NASCAR-themed program area. Since its inception, the Ride has raised $16 million for Victory Junction and other charities that support chronically ill children. This year’s ride begins in Santa Cruz, CA, May 2, and winds up in Branson, MO, May 8.

Cross Country With The 20th-Annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

Kyle Petty’s dad fixes a flapping vinyl roof at the ’68 Daytona 500.