This year’s Chrome City Ride at the Benedictine School in Ridgely, Md., on Sunday, July 31, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature hundreds of gleaming motorcycles, awesome street rods, and classic and custom cars from all over Maryland and Delaware. Riders will gather at designated registration locations in Seaford, Del., Grasonville, Easton, Laurel, Salisbury, and Annapolis, then cruise in convoys with police escorts to the Benedictine School campus.
A highlight of this year’s event will be a spectacular 1941 Willys Pro-Street hot rod that will be sold to the highest sealed bidder. The Willys, valued at $72,000 by a professional custom car appraiser, was donated to Benedictine by a New Jersey car collector on behalf of the kids and adults with developmental disabilities and autism who are served by Benedictine.
Now in its 15th year, the event draws nearly 1,000 people and raises about $100,000 each year for tuition assistance for children, and supports opportunities for adults with disabilities to work and live in the community. According to Event Chairman Spud Blake, the event is organized and produced by volunteers primarily from state and local law enforcement. He comments, “We are so appreciative of the committee members who put this event on year after year. This is a family event – we want everyone to come out and experience the roar of the vehicles as they come down the Mile Drive to the Benedictine School. Seeing the residents’ reactions is something you won’t forget. Plus, this ‘feel good’ event is about introducing people to what Benedictine does and about having a good time!”
This year’s event will also include the return of favorites “Rockin’ Elvis” and Big Daddy P and DJ Chris, as well as motorcycle demonstrators who entertain the crowds. Law enforcement agencies participating include officers from the Maryland and Delaware State Police as well as other local law enforcement agencies. The $25-per-rider registration fee provides each rider with an official Ride T-shirt, a delicious catered lunch, and entertainment (including a chance for prizes and trophies), and a day of fun showing off their chrome to an appreciative crowd. Spectators are also welcome, and their $25 registration fee also provides them with an official Ride T-shirt, lunch and a day of fun. Everyone goes home with something! The riders are expected to arrive on campus around 11:30 a.m.
For online registration and further information on the 2016 Chrome City Ride, visit benschool.org. You may also call the Benedictine Foundation at 410-634-2292 for information on times, rally point locations, registration, and more.