CLEMENTS CARRIES MHCO 150TH CAR TO FINISH AT CHARLOTTE, WHILE THANKS AND CELEBRATION CONTINUES
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was a long holiday weekend, for the driver, crew, sponsors, and a multitude of fans, young and old, for Jeremy Clements and the No. 51 Masonic Home for Children at Oxford (MHCO) 150th Anniversary Chevrolet.Dodging rain drops and dealing with delays over three days, the beautiful and historic car, adorned with logos celebrating the home’s 150th Anniversary finally hit the track late Monday night, stayed out of trouble, and came home with a 19th place finish.
At the conclusion of the race, Clements reflected on this unique sponsorship and the meaning it had for him and his team.“It was an honor to represent the home and get eyes from the racing world on it.To work with the Moores and the Hunts, to see their belief in this charity and what it does for children, and to witness the lives it helps and the futures it can change brought it all together.It was a truly meaningful experience for me to drive this great looking race car and to carry its significance for the lives of so many children, past, present, and for the future.”
Crossing the finish line may have been the end of the race, but the appreciation and celebration for the car and its significance to the children’s home continues.For Jimmy and Beverly Moore and Bonnie Hunt, the journey started in 2022, the idea and passion of two Masonic brothers wanting to share with the world the care, love, and importance of North Carolina’s first home for children.
In finishing the race, a dream and a cause was fulfilled, especially in honoring the life of Marty Hunt, who tragically passed in December 2022, but whose memory and belief were recognized and remembered as his name rode on the car with Jeremy, in honor of his passion for this project.
The importance and purpose of this project continues, with an opportunity for all to participate and celebrate.Items from the one-of-a-kind race were auctioned in June and all remaining items associated with the car, including the deck lid, and tv panel, as well as driver suit will be part of a charity raffle starting September 1 through October 14, 2023.Visit www.mfnc.org to purchase tickets for the raffle.T-shirts and hats featuring the car and its highlighting of the home’s 150th anniversary are available online at www.mhco51.com.All proceeds from the auction, raffle, and all merchandise sales will go to the children’s home in support of their fundraising during this special year.
Photo Credits – Jeremy Clements Racing, Thomas Pope