Bridgestone Reaches Out to aid Flood Victims

Nashville, TN – After the devastating floods on May 1st and 2nd in Nashville, the focus of the Goodguys 5th Bridgestone Nationals changed. The event is now not only a weekend to celebrate rods & customs, but a rallying point for flood relief efforts as the city continues to move forward.

The event’s title sponsor Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is headquartered in Nashville. Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and its parent company, Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, recently donated $100,000 to several Middle Tennessee Red Cross chapters.

”Our teammates truly sympathize with the tragedy suffered in the Middle Tennessee region,” said Rod Stotsenburg, Performance Marketing & Events Manager, BATO. “We are fully committed to helping Nashville and the surrounding areas recover from the recent flooding. As the presenting sponsor we commend the Good Guys for partnering with Hands On Nashville and encourage everyone to come out to the event to enjoy a great car show but also to support those in need.”

Goodguys has partnered with Hands on Nashville to help raise funds for the victims of the flood and promote volunteerism. Flood relief donation kiosks will be set up at the ticket gates at next week’s 5th Bridgestone Nationals at LP Field.

The 5th Bridgestone Nationals begins Friday, May 21st and runs through Sunday, May 23rd. General admission is $18, kids 7-12 $6, children under 7 years of age receive free admission. In addition to the acres of gleaming hot rods fans will have a multitude of activities to enjoy plus live entertainment. The event will also have children’s activities which include the always popular “Make and Take” model car exhibit at which youngsters can assemble a complete snap-together model kit to take home courtesy of Revell. Face painting and balloon animals will also be featured as well as a coloring contest at the PPG Paint exhibit.

The flood not only took its toll on the community but hot rodders as well. Steve and Sheri Tracy reported that their Advanced Plating facility sustained flood damage. As a result they had to postpone the 5th Bridgestone Nationals Kick Off Party scheduled for Thursday, May 20th. But there may be a silver lining for the Tracy’s and Nashville hot rodders. They have organized a large “FLOOD SALE” at Advanced Plating May 20, 21 & 22. They will sell everything from their parts line that was submerged under water. This includes intakes, valve covers, air cleaners, carburetors, and virtually anything you can find in their online store. For more on the sale visit www.advancedplating.com

For a complete look at the Goodguys 5th Bridgestone Nationals, visit www.nashvillenats.com

Other ways to help Hands on Nashville with Flood Relief:

Hands On Nashville Flood Volunteers
To view current volunteer opportunities and register for flood-related volunteer projects, visit www.hon.org. New opportunities are posted daily to meet community needs.

Make a Donation to Hands On Nashville
If you can’t volunteer, but want to support volunteerism, Hands On Nashville accepts donations at www.hon.org. Donation may also be mailed to:

Hands On Nashville
209 10th Avenue South, Suite 318
Nashville, TN 37203

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