Ricky Hoyt Memorial Car Show Raises $375 | great story

Ricky Hoyt Memorial Car Show Raises $375 |  great story

MOUNTAINS — Rain may have held back more car owners today at Hoytoberfest’s 2022 Ricky Hoyt Memorial Auto Show, but organizer Dan Neal said it raised $375 for Donate Life New York State.

The show took place in Hickory Park with 16 vehicles, including one from Hoyt’s father, Rick Hoyt.

Ricky Hoyt, who died on December 3, 2015 at age 24 due to complications from a liver transplant about 10 years earlier, had been a member of a car club that Neal owned. Neal said he had personally met Ricky Hoyt a few months before Hoyt’s death.

“He came to a group meeting we had in Letchworth State Park. Before that, he was part of our car club for about a year,” Neal said. “He had a liver transplant when he was 14.”

Neal said the auto show was back after a two-year absence.

“We had two years off because of COVID. Last year we decided not to keep one,” said the organizer.

The following winners in eight categories received plaques. The list includes the car owner and the make and model of the vehicle.

n Best of Show: Steve Lawless, 1995 BMW M3

n Best E30: Karl Hughes, 1989 BMW 325

n Best Non-BMW Euro: Gary Palmer, 1995 Porsche 993

n Best domestic: Angelo Voltura, 1990 F150

n Best non-E30 BMW: Mark Gardone, 2021 BMW M2

n Best Asian Import: Matt Fuino, Subaru STI 2021

n Dear Off-road Vehicle, Garret Briggs, Ford Tacoma

n Best Street Truck, Ted Ramos, 2005 Honda Element

“I didn’t have too many expectations, because you often see pretty nice cars at an event like this. This is my first time at this event,” said Hughes of Cazenovia, who said he’s known Ricky Hoyt’s parents, Rick and Mary Lou, for a long time.

“It (the auto show) was on the calendar. I said, ‘Let’s go for a ride and see some friends. It was a pleasant surprise to win an award,” said Hughes. “It’s nothing big. It’s more bragging than anything.”

Matt Juengel of Akron and Seth Berlfein of Ontario said they went to all the auto shows in Hoyt’s memory.

“I knew Ricky and I’m friends with Ricky’s father, so I know the family,” Berlfein said. “He also works at the shop I take my car to for service – Eksten’s Auto Works in Rochester.”

Neal said normally, the auto show averages about 60 cars.

“A year we had 77,” he said.

Next year, the auto show could take place on a Saturday at the end of August, Neal said.

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