Former NASCAR star Gant at breast cancer event

GEORGETOWN — A unified effort to support the fight against breast cancer is gearing up for a big deal in the heart of Sussex County.

The sixth annual Georgetown Breast Cancer Awareness Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Marvel Carriage Museum on South Bedford Street in Georgetown.

It will feature a craft fair/swap meet, food and other vendors, helicopter rides, a parade into town, live auction, cornhole tournament and the return of a special guest – former NASCAR star Harry Gant.

Harry Gant

In addition, there will be door prizes, goodie bags and disc jockey entertainment.

Car show registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. Entry fee is $12 for parking on grass and $15 for parking on blacktop

“We started that this year because a lot of car owners want to be on the blacktop,” said Mabel Kelly of the County Seat Cruisers, one of the supporting sponsors.

With limited spaces, those requesting blacktop parking must register in advance.

Last year’s DBCC event drew approximately 280 entries, Mr. Clark said.

Cornhole tournament entry is $35 per team.

The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. Participants will go down South Bedford Street into town, loop around The Circle and return to the museum grounds.

“It’s for anybody that wants to enter, that’s in the show. And it will be police escorted, by Georgetown Police,” said County Seat Cruisers member Levin Clark, one of the primary event organizers supporting the DBCC.

Mr. Gant was a guest at last year’s event and a parade participant. He drove disc jockey Mike Smith’s 1967 Camaro in the parade.

“We’re hoping to get him to drive somebody else’s car this year,” said Ms. Kelly.

Auctioneer Dave Wilson returns to again orchestrate bidding in the live auction, which is set for 1:30 p.m.

Helicopter rides will be available from Jay James/J & J Shop Heliair.

The car show will feature more than 60 trophies and special awards. The list includes the Mayor’s Choice, Harry Gant’s Choice, Best of Show, Best Interior, Furthest Distance, Best Paint and many others.

“We even have two children’s choices. We’re trying to get the children involved,” said Ms. Kelly.

Judging will be around 3 p.m., again by professional judges.

All proceeds benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Founded in 1991, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to decreasing the mortality rate of breast cancer in Delaware through awareness, outreach, education and support to help facilitate early detection and treatment.

Harry Gant, now 78, collected 18 Winston Cup Series race. Known as “Handsome Harry” Gant earned NASCAR notoriety as the oldest driver to win a Cup Series race and the oldest driver to claim his first Cup victory. In 1991, he landed the nickname “Mr. September” after winning all four September Cup races (Darlington, Richmond, Dover and Martinsville) and two Busch Series races at Richmond and Dover at age 51.

A simple phone call brought Mr. Gant, who resides in Taylorsville, N.C., to Georgetown last year.

“I have known him (Mr. Gant) a little bit from racing, but not like I know some of the other guys. Finally, I got his phone number … and got him to come,” said Mr. Clark.

For more information and registration, contact Levin Clark at 302-500-1128.

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