Ride-Away Teams with “NASCAR Angels” to Give Van to Devoted Fan

In a certain classic James Stewart film, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. But the rules may be different in the automotive mobility business — perhaps angels earn wings by turning wrenches or rebuilding motors?

The folks at Ride-Away, a mobility dealership in Londonderry, N.H., may know more about that. They recently teamed with the TV show “NASCAR Angels,” as well as a couple of local automotive dealers, to build and donate an adapted 1999 Dodge Ram van to Chris Ayer, a devoted NASCAR volunteer whose wife has muscular dystrophy and whose daughter is autistic and uses a wheelchair.

The car keys were handed over to Ayer in July at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Presenters included Ride-Away President/CEO Mark Lore and Rusty Wallace, racecar driver and co-host (with Shannon Wiseman) of the “NASCAR Angels” reality television show. The show is described by the stock car racing organization as “Extreme Home Makeover meets Pimp My Ride, NASCAR style,” with a goal of fixing broken cars and solving transportation dilemmas in just three days.

Said Lore of his company’s involvement, “Being able to help people with disabilities and families lead productive lives within their community is what Ride-Away is all about. Chris has done his best to help his family and others, and Ride-Away is excited and honored that we can now help him out.”

The “NASCAR Angels” episode featuring Ride-Away’s (www.ride-away.com) donated van is scheduled to air next month.

This article originally appeared in the September 2007 issue of Mobility Management.

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