A Good Thing Continues: Austin Hatcher Foundation-Goodguys Partnership Raising Funds at Bowling Green Event

‘AutoCross for Kids’ Initiative Part of 6th Nostalgia Nationals in at Beech Bend Raceway Park


CHATTANOOGA, TENN.  (Oct. 10, 2017) – Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky will be the site of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association’s 6th Nostalgia Nationals this weekend (FridaySunday) that will include the innovative and successful “AutoCross for Kids” fundraising initiative that benefits the foundation.


This is the third year the Austin Hatcher Foundation has partnered with Pleasanton, California-based Goodguys, the world’s largest hot rodding association founded in 1983. Goodguys now has more than 70,000 active members worldwide. This weekend is the sixth of seven Goodguys events involving the foundation this year; the final one will be the 24th Southeastern Nationals, October 20-22 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


This high-profile partnership has embellished the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s history of involvement with both motorsports and automotive organizations; the foundation is an official “Proud Charity” of the International Motor Sports Association along with being part of the “SEMA Cares” Family of Charities.


Goodguys events feature of custom hot rods, cars and trucks – an enthusiast’s dream weekend. There also are   automotive displays, vendor exhibits, live entertainment and the “Goodguys AutoCross” that has registered participants putting their Street Rod, Truck or Street Machine through the paces to test their driving skills and see how their vehicle handles in a performance situation.


Complementing the Goodguys autocross is the AutoCross for Kids, with event attendees able to ride with a professional driver on the AutoCross course for a suggested donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation.


The Autocross for Kids is slated for Friday 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday 8 am to 1 pm. Contributions resulting from the AutoCross for Kids initiative benefit the foundation’s various services that are provided at no cost to young cancer patients and their families at the foundation headquarters in Chattanooga and at children’s hospitals throughout the United States. A number of recently added services are now being provided at the foundation’s new automotive-themed Education Advancement Center (EAC).


The EAC focuses on diagnosing and treating educational and functional deficits associated with pediatric cancer and its life-saving treatments. The center’s programs include industrial arts and driving simulation along with school tutorial programs, neuro-cognitive testing and remediation and other specialty programs designed to optimize recovery from cancer by both patients and their families. They are also building a “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow” programwhere teams will disassemble and reassemble small-block V8 engines.


Throughout 2017, the Austin Hatcher Foundation is commemorating its recently-completed first decade of operation. The foundation began in 2006 and prior to its IMSA Proud Charity status, it was the Official Charity of the American Le Mans Series. As part of the commemoration, the foundation has benefited from its “Five for Ten” major gift campaign. The “Five for Ten” campaign has focused on “Building a Foundation For The Future” which has included the acquisition and furnishing of the EAC, and helping to continue and expand programs to benefit those dealing with pediatric cancer and the effects it leaves behind.


“Our partnership with Goodguys has been a wonderful part of our overall fundraising efforts throughout 2017,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “And aside from the actual fundraising, we have also benefited greatly from the increased national awareness and visibility this partnership has brought us. You cannot put a dollar amount on that sort of thing, just as you cannot put a dollar amount on the relationships we have formed with the people throughout the Goodguys organization.”