Sikorsky motorcycle ride for CAC set for Saturday

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 20, 2012

Motorcycle riders and car enthusiasts will be showing their softer sides on Saturday for the 4th Annual Sikorsky Motorcycle Ride and Classic Car Show.

“This is so vital and critical for us, right now,” said Camille Downing, executive director of the Pike Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the organization that will benefit from the ride. “We’ve received some cuts for our federal and state grants and we are on standby for one of the largest grants. So these funds will really make a difference.”

Interested riders, both classic car and motorcycle, should plan to register on site at the Sikorsky Plant beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. The ride will depart at 9 a.m. and meander through Banks, Ariton and back to Troy.

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Event organizer Billy Wilson said the trek will be about 80 miles and end at the Troy Parks and Recreation Department where participants will be fed lunch.

“We’re going to get together and grill hotdogs and hamburgers. We’re asking people to bring sides to share, if they are able to donate,” Wilson said. “We’re keeping it simple this year so that every penny can go to the kids.”

Those who would like to show their bikes or cars, but not ride, should register beginning at 9 a.m. at the Troy Parks and Recreation Department. The show will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We want the community to come out and visit and take a look at the bikes and cars,” Wilson said. “You don’t have to have a motorcycle to participate. This is for everyone.”

The entry fee for the motorcycle ride is $20 for drivers and $10 for passengers. For the car and bike show, the registration fee is $20 per vehicle.

Admission to view the show is free to the public, but donations are encouraged.

T-shirts will be provided to participants and others will be able to order the shirts.

Downing said she is grateful for Sikorsky’s help and is hopeful for a good turnout.

“Our doors are open now and we’ve budgeted to get through this fiscal year, but next year is in question,” Downing said. “I am not worried about salaries. I am not worried about personnel. I am worried about the welfare of the children.”

“We want to see everyone out there,” Wilson said. “It’s all about us getting together, taking a few bucks out of our pockets and doing something nice for children.”