Mixed Reaction

| September 11, 2005

Petty Charity Motorcycle Ride Tours U.S.
Two hundred motorcyclists, 25 support vehicles and ride sponsors kicked off the Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America at Freightliner Trucks’ headquarters in Portland, Ore., on July 23.

Freightliner, which sponsors Petty Racing, provided a breakfast for all those involved and an opportunity to inspect several Freightliners.

The nine-day ride took the riders though the South Dakota Badlands and Wyoming before ending their journey in the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C.

The Charity Ride has logged more than 38,000 miles in 11 years. More than 5,000 riders have participated, raising more than $7 million for children’s hospitals and charities.

Kyle and Richard Petty joined the caravan July 24, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, after competing in the Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR race that weekend.

The main beneficiary of the ride is the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The non-profit camp serves children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating exciting camping experiences. Kyle and Patty Petty started the camp to honor their son Adam, who died in a racing accident.

“We were motivated to do something for our neighbors in North Carolina, so now Victory Junction is a place where children in the region can forget about their problems for a week and just be a kid at camp: reading, singing, laughing and making friends, all the while being fully supported by a full medical staff and a state-of-the-art medical facility,” Kyle Petty said.
-Lance Orr

The American Trucking Associations supports the Central American Free Trade Agreement, signed by President Bush Aug. 2, saying it will increase domestic and international economic opportunities for all countries involved.

The Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association believes the pact could add to problems created by the North American Free Trade Agreement. Spokesmen for the Truckload Carriers Association and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had no comment on the agreement.

CAFTA creates a level playing field for U.S. trade in Central America by ensuring the seven member countries – El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic – operate under the same trade rules.

Prior to CAFTA, most Central American and Dominican products were allowed into the United States untaxed, but U.S. exports faced stiff tariffs. CAFTA will eliminate tariffs on 80 percent of U.S. manufactured goods and 50 percent of agricultural products.

ATA said that CAFTA will raise the standards in each country because more goods will be available at cheaper costs.

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