9th Annual SportTruckRV High Performance Driving Experience at Apex Motor Club Benefits Childhelp October 17

  • story by David M. Brown
  • posted on 10/2020
  • posted in: Newswire

You get track time; thousands of children get your help.

The 9th annual SportTruckRV High Performance Driving Experience returns to Apex Motor Club in Maricopa October 17 to benefit Childhelp®.

Once again sponsored by SportTruck RV and organized by Track Rekord, the ticketed event will benefit the national organization that helps abused, neglected and at-risk children. Founded in 1959 by Paradise Valley residents, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, the Scottsdale-based nonprofit has helped more than 10 and a half million children.


“This is a rare opportunity for nonmembers to experience this private venue. Apex is providing access to the facility free of charge,” says Scottsdale’s Steve Kimpton, director of operations at Track Rekord, the Scottsdale-based company providing driver instruction for the event. Chandler-based SportTruckRV sells custom SportTrucks, Renegade RVs and ATC Trailers as a division of Velocity Vehicle Group, Whittier, California.

“We are so grateful for the generosity and partnership with the SportsTruckRV High-Performance Driving Experience and Charity Event. Through this, we’ve been able to help thousands of children recovering from abuse, right here in Arizona,” says Eileen Morang, senior director, National Special Events. Her associate, Michael Medoro, is the organization’s chief development officer.

Childhelp’s programs and services include residential treatment, children’s advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1.800.4.A.CHILD) serves children and adults nationwide 24/7 through phone, text and online chat.


The Apex event will focus on on-track driving. Food will be available throughout the day. Take the Queen Creek Road exit #347 of I-10, just after Wild Horse Pass.

COVID-19 protocols will be in place, with social distancing when possible, Apex employees and members wearing masks when not socially distancing, and sanitization of the facility and amenities. Masks and sanitizer will be available for participants. Only an online auction will be held this year, so you do not have to be present to bid, though you can in person on the event day.

In eight years, the event has raised $800,000. This year, because of COVID-19, the need is particularly crucial, as many abused children do not have the usual safety zones such as after-school activities and staying with friends. As a result, Childhelp has seen a 41-percent increase in calls and texts from children seeking help through the hotline, says Darryl Elder, sales manager at the Chandler SportTruckRV showroom.

The attendance donation is $650. Nondriving guests are also welcome for a $150 donation.

“We are always blown away by the enthusiasm and big hearts of each and every participant,” says Morang. “Their support makes the world a safer, more loving place.”

For more information on the event, see www.trackrekord.com/childhelp. The online auction will go live approximately two weeks before the event. Steve Kimpton is at 203.326.0188 and a video at youtu.be/hdkZ2zkk-o8. For information on Childhelp, see www.childhelp.org.