Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI)

Petty's Garage Spring Fling expands to include car show and new drag racing event

The third annual Petty’s Garage Spring Fling expands to two days in 2013 and features a public drag racing session for the first time. The Memorial Day weekend event starts at Piedmont Dragway on Friday, May 24, and ends with the traditional car show on Saturday, May 25, at Petty’s Garage, the Randleman, N.C., performance speed shop owned by Richard “The King” Petty.

Sponsored by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), the Spring Fling drag racing experience and car show are open to all makes and models. Racing starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For $40, each participant will be able to make several passes on the track and receive two spectator tickets. ALI will pay $50 cash to the three fastest racers of the day if their ride sports an ALI sticker when they cross the line. One lucky competitor will also receive a Petty’s Garage gift card courtesy of ALI. Other prizes will also be available. Adult spectator admission is $10; children aged 10 and younger get in free.

At Saturday’s car show, members of the Petty’s Garage team of custom car designers and builders will be on hand to greet visitors and give facility tours. More than 200 cars will be displayed, highlighted by the ALI-sponsored Legacy by Petty, the custom Richard Petty tribute Dodge Challenger convertible that is currently part of the Petty’s Garage 2013 Performance Tour.

The $45 car show vehicle entry fee includes show space for one vehicle, admission for two adults, a goodie bag and shirt. Trophies will be awarded in multiple classes, including best engine, best paint job, wildest ride and best overall. Gates open at 8 a.m. and judging begins at 1 p.m.

Car show admission is $5 for adults and free for children aged 10 and younger. There will be live music, vendors and entertainment for the whole family.

The Spring Fling Car Show will be held at Petty’s Garage, 311 Branson Mill Road in Randleman, N.C. The Piedmont Dragway is located at 6750 Holts Store Road in Julian, N.C.

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