Dozens of veterans of all ages had the need for speed at Palmer Motorsports Park Saturday afternoon.
Palmer Motorsports teamed up with Race Cars for a Cause, an organization that gives veterans an opportunity to experience the thrill of Motorsports in honor of Memorial Day.
Instead of cookouts and flag raisings, veterans went for joy rides in Mustangs and Miatas. Veterans and their loved ones were able to go for free rides in high performance vehicles with a race car club driver around a 2.3 mile track.
Jeffrey Archambeault of Race Cars for a Cause told 22News, “The best way we can give back to veterans is to come out here and do the stuff that we like to do, and do it for free for them. Some of them get a little anxious getting in, it’s kind of like being on a rollercoaster, but as soon as they get out they have a smile from ear to ear.”
No matter their age or branch of service, the high powered cars didn’t stop the most experienced veterans from taking a spin.
22News spoke with Douglas Bryant, a 91-year old WWII veteran who went on a 100 mph ride Saturday afternoon. Bryant said, “I told the first gentleman, I said, don’t let up on the gas for me because I’m 91 years old, I rather get in a wreck than be in a nursing home,’ he said ‘I’ll see what I can do for ya.'”
Bryant told 22News that many people came up to him to thank him for his service. He noted that he’s the one who should be giving thanks, saying, “When people say thank you for your service sometimes I feel guilty because the service has done so much for me.”