Classic cars and police vehicles will surround The Royal Palace Theatre this weekend.
The Will Power Car Show to benefit Aurelian Springs resident Will Hawkins will fan out in the parking lot behind The Royal Palace Theatre starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. Saturday, with proceeds from car registration and a 50/50 raffle going to benefit Hawkins, who was injured in March when an obelisk-style tombstone fell on him as he climbed on it in a church cemetery.
Event organizer Faye Wallace said Hawkins is a neighbor, and ever since the accident, she has looked for a way to help.
“I wanted to do something for Will but didn’t know what to do,” Wallace explained.
“My husband and I, ever since we’ve been married, we’ve dealt with cars, and I talked to people who do car shows, and they said they would help me do one for Will.”
Cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors will all be judged, and each vehicle in the People’s Choice category will have a receptacle for money near them for donations. The car with the most money will be the People’s Choice winner.
Wallace said the car show has already ballooned beyond her expectations.
“I wasn’t planning for all of this,” Wallace said, referring to the participation not just from car enthusiasts, but also from local emergency workers.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be bringing some classic patrol cars from Raleigh for the show, Wallace said.
The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office will be bringing some of their new cars, and there will be an appearance by 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog of the Year, Elle, and her owner, Leah Brewer, as well.
The Roanoke Rapids Police Department will be bringing by some of their new vehicles, too, including Humvees and Mine Resistant Ambush Proof, which will be making its public debut.
“It’s not painted yet, but we’re bringing it,” said Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Tommy Hathaway, referring to the MRAP.
The MRAP was procured at no cost, though the military still reserves the right to use it if needed. Hathaway said he’s excited to be a part of the event and to debut the vehicle there.
“Its intended purpose is to prevent mass casualties and to extricate people,” Hathaway said. “Hopefully we’ll never need it.”
For more details, call Wallace at 252-813-0859.