Cars at the Castle exotic car show to benefit Speedway Children's Charities

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 5, 2019 at 10:11 PM

Speedway Children’s Charities has teamed up with car buffs far and wide for a special fundraising event featuring more than 50 rare and exotic automobiles to be on display Saturday at the castle at Boone Lake.

Lamborghinis, Ferarris, Porches, Mercedes, Ford GTs, a Ferrari LaFararri, a Rolls-Royce and many other beauties will all be there for Cars at the Castle, a season-ending benefit for Speedway Children’s Charities from which 100 percent of every ticket sold will go to children in need across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Degrasse Drive home of hosts Bob and Kim Hughes.

With more than 50 cars on display on the grounds, parking will be available at nearby Winged Deer Park with shuttle service running throughout the day. Food trucks including Trucky Cheese gourmet cheese sandwiches and Kettle-licious Kettle Corn will also be on site.

Last held in 2012, the event is the brainchild of former castle owner Wayne Thacker and was such a success for Speedway Children’s Charities that Thacker and Bob Hughes teamed up to bring it back.

At an event announcement on Thursday, Hughes gave all credit to Thacker, Bristol Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities for doing the heavy lifting, downplaying his own role to that of the homeowner, a car owner and a guy who knows a lot of people with cars.

On Saturday, Hughes is expecting such a special variety, he said, “If you’re a car buff and you miss this, you’re going to regret it for the rest of your life, or at least until the end of the week.”

In addition to Hughes and Thacker, exhibitors will include Chris Graham, Phill Bachman, Rick Hill Lexus, Foreign Cars Italia, Foreign Cars Charlotte, Harper’s of Knoxville and others.

Speedway Children’s Charities Executive Director Claudia Byrd said, “Cars at the Castle is a one-of-a-kind event that combines the opportunity to see these majestic vehicles at the iconic castle in Johnson City while also helping raise money for local children in need.

“We’re so thankful to everyone who is playing a role in helping us bring Cars at the Castle back to Johnson City to assist us in our efforts to reach our fundraising goals for the region’s children.”

Tickets are $20 for adults and include free admission for one child age 12 or under. Additional kids’ tickets are $10 each.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate on Saturday or in advance online at speedwaycharities.org. More information about the event is available at the website or may be obtained by calling the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities at 423-989-6900.