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Car show benefits young adults with autism


The fourth annual AmeriCarna Live Car Show Nov. 26 will support Ignite, the Autism Society of North Carolina’s community center for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. The host is Ray Evernham, former NASCAR championship crew chief, star of the “AmeriCarna” television series on Velocity, and founder of Ignite, which is located in the historic Davidson Cotton Mill in Davidson.

The car show will be held on the Ingersoll Rand North American headquarters in Davidson

Ignite is a partnership between the Evernham Family Racing For a Reason Foundation and the Autism Society of North Carolina. Ignite is the vision of Evernham, father of a young man with autism, Ignite provides a peer-to-peer community center hosting a variety of classes, activities and events that seek to engage and encourage members to reach their potential, personal growth and development and individual goals.

The show costs $5 per person to attend; kids under 10 are free. Car owners can pre-register their vehicles before Nov. 1 for $25 or register after that or at the gate on event day for $30. Go to http://www.americarnalive.com to register your car. A variety of food vendors will be available.

A special display of cars from Ray Evernham’s television series AmeriCarna will be on hand, along with cars from the personal collections of NASCAR stars like Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Impala.

All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Evernham Family – Racing for a Reason Foundation to support the IGNITE Community Center in Davidson.