President of the Roswell Drag Racing Association Gary Tutten shows off his 1932 three-window Ford Saturday as the club helps Goddard High School students raise money for the National Leadership Conference in Nashville. (Amy Vogelsang Photo)
With her open engine and small two seats, the burgundy “T Bucket” was hard to miss. But she was surrounded by other vintage and racing cars as the Roswell Drag Racing Association gathered and displayed vehicles Saturday in order to draw attention so the Boy Scouts and Goddard High School could accomplish some much needed fundraising.
RDRA is a local club for people who love cars and racing. Their roughly 50 members enjoy any excuse to display their cars and meet “for a good cause,” said RDRA president Gary Tutten, whose own show car is a pristine black 1932 three-window Ford.
As one of many fundraisers the club participates in, the members gathered to help Goddard High School’s leadership club Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Juniors Ally Callaway, Stephanie Baker and Julya Rogers qualified for the National Leadership Conference held in Nashville,Tenn., July 7-11, and decided to have a bake sale to help raise money. RDRA did its part by using classic cars to draw the attention of people driving by.
“We try to support everything,” said RDRA member Richard Snow.
The club is frequently involved in various fundraisers, not just for the high school. They always tell the Boy Scouts when they are going to have an event, so the Scouts make money for summer camps.
After a member’s daughter passed away from cancer, RDRA started having an annual Lindsey Callaway Race to raise money for the cancer center at the children’s hospital in Lubbock. So far they have raised $250,000 from that event alone.
The club hopes to involve more members so as to do even more.
“We need more participation,” Tutten said. Anyone interested in drag racing or simply someone with an interest in old cars is encouraged to join RDRA. Meetings are held at Los Cerritos, 2103 N. Main, on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.