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Manteca High senior planning car show to help ill children
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For his senior project, James Keller of Manteca High, left, will be sponsoring a benefit car show on April 18 in the Sequoia Heights Baptist Church parking lot. Proceeds will help sponsor youngsters to attend the NASCAR Victory Junction Gang Camp during the summer. Keller will display his 1986 GMC Truck while his father, Jim, will bring his 1963 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Manteca High’s James Keller is an avid racing fan of NASCAR.

For his senior project, he opted to host a car show to benefit his favorite sport.

Proceeds from the “Keller’s Car Show” planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, in the parking lot of Sequoia Heights Baptist Church at the corner of Wawona Street and Union Avenue will help sponsor youngsters with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses to attend the NASCAR Victory Junction Gang Camp.

“My dad and I enjoy watching NASCAR on the weekends,” said Keller, who heard about the camp located in North Carolina established in 2004 by Kyle and Pattie Petty via commercials.

Adam Petty, who died in 2000, was the son of Kyle and Pattie Petty.

They were involved with the Association of the Hole in the Wall Camps founded by the late actor, Paul Newman, and were inspired to do something similar for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.

“It costs about $1,000 just to send one kid to the camp for a week,” said James Keller, who sports a 1986 GMC truck.

He and his father, Jim, are hoping to muster up support from both car enthusiasts and local businesses.

“It’s a tough economy,” said Jim Keller, who will be displaying his 1963 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. “But we’re trying to get the local businesses to help donate some of the raffle prizes.”

The car show will feature categories for trucks, classic cars, muscle cars, and low riders, with the “best in class” awards going to the top vehicles.

All entries will also receive a specially designed dash plaque.

Cost of entry by mail is $20 and $25 during the day of the show.

For more information, call Keller at (209) 823-0818.