From Thursday, July 10 to Sunday, July 20, 2008, Gretsch collectors and NASCAR fans everywhere will have the chance to bid on a new, one-of-a-kind Gretsch Nashville guitar autographed by racing legend Kyle Petty and support a fantastic cause in the process. The auction will be hosted on eBay here:
Kyle Petty Gretsch Guitar Auction
The Gretsch Company has teamed up with the 14th Anniversary Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, an eight-day motorcycle ride led by Petty which raises funds for and awareness of Victory Junction Gang Camp and other children’s charities. Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie founded Victory Junction in 2004 in honor of their son Adam with the mission of enriching the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound.
The Gretsch Company is honored to be a part of the fundraising efforts for this year’s Charity Ride. We hope that you’ll consider supporting this incredible cause by bidding on this very unique Gretsch collector’s item!
The Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of Savannah-based The Gretsch Company, donated the guitar to the Charity Ride to be signed by Petty during a recent visit to the camp. Manufactured in 2000, the guitar has been housed in the Gretsch Foundation’s private guitar collection and is being released to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride charity by special arrangement. The guitar is in brand new condition and has only been played by Kyle Petty (an avid guitarist) for a few moments prior to the signing.
About The Gretsch Nashville Guitar Series
The Gretsch Nashville guitar model was originally developed in 1954 in collaboration with country music giant Chet Atkins and has been offered in many deluxe versions over the years. Information on this and other current guitar models is available at gretschguitars.com. Prices on current Nashville models start at $3,150.
About Victory Junction Gang Camp
The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a not-for-profit organization founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, in honor of their son Adam. Located on 84 acres in Randleman, N.C., the camp opened its doors in 2004 to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. The Pettys recently announced the opening of a second Victory Junction Gang Camp in Wyandotte County, Kan. victoryjunction.org
About The Kyle Petty Charity Ride
Led by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, The Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America raises awareness of and funds for Victory Junction Gang Camp and other charities supporting chronically ill children. The Charity Ride is one of the most successful and popular charity events in NASCAR. Now in its 14th year, the Charity Ride has donated more than $10.5 million to children’s charities, with 5,700 participants logging more than 7.2 million cumulative motorcycle miles. In 2008, NASCAR celebrities, ride sponsors and motorcycle enthusiasts will travel from Traverse City, Mich. to Savannah, Ga. from July 13-20. kylepettycharityride.com
About The Gretsch Company
Founded in 1883 as a small musical instrument shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., The Gretsch Company, now based in Savannah, Ga., has produced some of the world’s greatest drums and guitars over the span of four generations. With its emphasis on hand-craftsmanship and commitment to quality, Gretsch has pioneered new designs and manufacturing techniques, winning endorsements from some of the music industry’s most respected artists, including Chet Atkins, Charlie Watts, Neil Young and Phil Collins. Gretsch also owns and manufactures some of the other most popular and historic music industry products and brands including Bigsby¨ Vibratos and Sho-Bud¨ Pedal Steel Guitars. The company has strong worldwide ties with musical giants Kaman and Fender, placing the Gretsch name in concert halls and recording studios around the globe. Find out more about The Gretsch Company and its 125th anniversary at gretsch125th.com.