New this year, the event will include not only motorcycles but also convertibles and other cool automobiles.
Since the first annual ride, the Bedford family has funded the Jimmy Bedford Scholarship Endowment at Tennessee Tech, which funds scholarships for middle Tennessee students. Jimmy and his wife, Emily, as well as several other family members, graduated from TTU. In addition to the scholarship fund, this year’s ride will support the renovation projects in downtown Lynchburg.
“Giving back to our community was important to Jimmy,” says Emily. “He enjoyed donating his time. We want to carry on his legacy of community giving.”
This year’s ride will duplicate the inaugural route but with some new twists and turns. It begins in Wiseman Park in Lynchburg and includes a loop through nearby Winchester and picturesque Sewanee. Riders pull out at 10 a.m.
“Daddy often took his Harley friends to the beautiful Sewanee mountaintop. It has a magnificent view of the middle Tennessee valley below, and Daddy thought the history of the college town and the Templeton Library were very intriguing,” says Bedford’s daughter, Alice Bedford Pleming.
Local law enforcement will escort riders throughout the ride, which begins and ends in Lynchburg’s Wiseman Park. Biscuits and coffee will be served before the ride and a barbecue lunch will be served afterwards.
There will be several surprise guests as well as special collector’s items to be raffled – including several highly collectible memorabilia items autographed by Bedford. Additionally, numerous local business have donated item to be given away that day.
“Last year, nearly every rider walked away with a prize of some sort. It’s a lot of fun,” said Pleming.
The Jimmy Bedford Memorial Ride kicked off in September 2010, a little over one year after the former Jack Daniel Master Distiller died on his family farm in Moore County. The first ride – a private memorial for family and close friends – raised money to establish the Jimmy Bedford Scholarship Endowment at Tennessee Tech, which funds scholarships for middle Tennessee students. Both Jimmy and his wife, Emily, graduated from TTU. The money raised also funded beautification projects in historic Lynchburg.
To register, visit www.JimmysRide.com. For additional information, call (615) 230-7752 or visit the website. You can also learn more at the event’s Facebook page.