A Noblesville man with a fascination for a
celebrated stunt driver of the last century is bringing awareness to a local
organization while raising money to benefit local kids.
It's the second year for the cruise-in and car
show in memory of daredevil Earl M. "Lucky" Teter, who was a member of the
Money raised goes to Noblesville Masonic
Temple's Angel Fund, a charity coordinated with the Noblesville school
system for families who need financial assistance for medical and dental
"There are so many kids here in Hamilton
County that need help. This money stays here, it doesn't get shipped off,"
said Barry Dixon, a Noblesville Freemason of 14 years.
Dixon, 48, who after doing some research
became fascinated with Teter's history, is organizing two shows:
On Friday night, the Jim Dandy Lucky Teter
Rev Up cruise-in at the Jim Dandy restaurant will bring back curb service for
On Saturday afternoon, the Lucky Teter Rebel
Run Car Show will be at Forest Park. Both venues are in Noblesville.
"I know in my heart that this is going to be
something that is going to grow," Dixon said.
The owner of a red 1955 Cadillac, Dixon
hosted a car show for three years at a Noblesville bowling alley.
Dixon said his passion for old cars, doing
good for the Noblesville community and the Angel Fund offer the perfect
opportunity for his shows, which also bring "awareness to let people know
about the Masons."
It's awesome that Teter was a Mason, too,
Dixon said. "For me, that was the ultimate tie-in."
Annually, the Angel Fund of Masonic Lodge
No. 57 donates $2,500 to $5,000 to Noblesville children in need, Brad
Hummel, a Noblesville Mason who works directly with school nurses, said.
Last year, when Dixon decided to change the
venue of his car show to Forest Park, he also changed the name to honor Teter.
Appropriate timing, he said, being that Indianapolis filmmaker Dan T. Hall was
doing a documentary.
Teter used automobiles just as they came from
the factory and wore goggles and a leather football helmet as his safety
equipment. He earned a wide reputation as a stunt driver with a group called
Lucky Teter's Hell Drivers, which began touring in the 1930s.
Teter, 41, Noblesville, died July 5, 1942,
while performing a stunt at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Two days later,
Teter was given a full military funeral at Noblesville First United Methodist
Church, followed by a milelong procession to Crownland Cemetery in
Noblesville. Hundreds came to pay their respects. Businesses and schools
closed, Dixon said.
The Earl M. "Lucky" Teter Memorial
Scholarship at Noblesville High School annually honors the 1919 graduate, who
was class president in 1916, 1917 and 1918. Teter was also captain of the
baseball team, and played basketball and football.
His sister Ruth Teter died in 1981. In her
will, she gave the family's 120-acre farm to Noblesville First United
Methodist Church, which uses the property today as a retreat, according to a
historical account written for the church.
Brad Cook, 55, Noblesville, has collected
hundreds of Teter photos and artifacts, and he will bring his display to
Saturday's car show.
Dixon said fundraising for the Angel Fund
would come from Saturday's $10 show registrations; sales of T-shirts, donated
by Brian Story of Story's Collision; and food sales.
Napa Auto Parts, one of the sponsors, will
give away door prizes. Fellow Mason Steven Goss' company, Aardvark's Party
Supplies in Noblesville, will supply the kitchen. Mary Jo Osborne and Hannah
Osborne will cook and supply baked goods for sale, Dixon said.
Friday night's cruise-in will feature skaters
from the Circle City Socialites roller derby team and performances by Elvis
Presley tribute artist Roy E. Reynolds.
Dixon, a disc jockey, and his wife, Michelle,
will play tunes from the 1950s and 1960s at both events.