HENDERSON — Classic and collector cars will pack the parking lot at the old Charles Boyd Cadillac location beside the U.S. 158 Bypass for the Ruin Creek Cruise-In on Saturday evening, with proceeds benefiting the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society.
Brandon Boyd, the founder and president of the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society, said that the Cruise-In combines two of his lifelong passions. He is eagerly looking forward to seeing Vance County residents enjoy the festivities and support homeless animals.
“Admission is free to everyone participating in the Cruise-In, but donations are appreciated and will be accepted,” Boyd said. “We’re going to have food vendors and Petty’s Garage there, so this is going to be a good time. We’re received phone calls from people all the way down in Florida inquiring about this event.”
Boyd and a group of volunteers started the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society back in 2011 to fight for the survival of impounded pets facing euthanasia, by providing them emergency medical care and transporation to rescue shelters along the East Coast.
The society has rescued thousands of animals over the past decade, but the nonprofit is always in need of more donors and support with intake at the Vance County Animal Shelter increasing.
Although Boyd wanted to hold an event that could help the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society with donations, he was unsure of what the theme would be until he had a conversation with his long-time friend in NASCAR, Fox lap-by-lap analyst Mike Joy.
A car enthusiast himself, Joy suggested that Boyd put together an event for other enthusiasts to display vehicles and discuss their history, which ultimately resulted in the first Ruin Creek Cruise-In back in 2019.
“This was all Mike Joy’s idea,” Boyd said. “Mike has spent a lot of time in Henderson and is very familiar with the people in this area. He said that Henderson was the perfect location for [the Ruin Creek Cruise-In], and we decided to have some fun.”
Joy is serving as the official host for Saturday’s Ruin Creek Cruise-In, while the event’s presenting sponsor is The Rescue Ranch, a nonprofit organized by Krissie Newman, the ex-wife of current NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman.
Boyd has regularly worked in the past with The Rescue Ranch, which was founded in 2012 by the Newmans as an education center that focuses on rescuing and respecting animals through hands-on learning while also promoting agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation.
With so many people and organizations signed on to participate in this year’s Ruin Creek Cruise-In, Boyd believes that the crowd for Saturday night will easily surpass the 2,200 that attended in 2019 to become the largest car show on the East Coast so far this year.
Boyd does not have any specific fundraising goals for the Ruin Creek Cruise-In but he wants local residents to come out and enjoy the atmosphere while also acquiring more knowledge about the efforts that go into rescuing and caring for animals.
“This is a good way for us to bring recognition to the Vance County Animal Shelter and the work we do over there,” Boyd said. “We’ve done everything we can to promote this event many states away and we’ll wait for the people to come. It’s going to be a fun night in Henderson.”
The Ruin Creek Cruise-In is set to last from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and will feature live music as part of the festivities.