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Action Performance to produce specialty Victory Junction Gang Camp die-cast

Action Performance Companies Inc., the leader in the design, promotion, marketing and distribution of licensed motorsports merchandise, today announced that the company will produce an extra special die-cast collectible created specifically for Victory Junction Gang Camp and designed by 7-year-old camper, Haleigh Epperson. 

The die-cast is the first of what will become an annual tradition for the Victory Junction Gang campers. Action Performance is donating generic die-cast race car bodies that the children will be decorating during their arts and crafts activities. A panel of NASCAR drivers then will select the "best design" from among the cars, which will become the basis for a fantasy die-cast collectible. Proceeds from the sales of the Victory Junction Gang fantasy race cars will be funneled directly back to the camp.

Epperson’s car design commemorates the grand opening of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which is slated for June 2004. The Petty blue-and-yellow car also features the official Victory Junction Gang logo on the hood and its status as a NASCAR charity is spotlighted on the decklid.

"I am extremely proud of the job that Haleigh did as the first-ever ‘car designer’ for Victory Junction," said Kyle Petty, driver of the No. 45 Dodge and CEO of Petty Enterprises. "All of us at Victory Junction and Petty Enterprises are excited to see the die-cast when it rolls out, especially since the car is honoring something so important. The grand opening of Victory Junction Gang Camp means so much to my family and to these special kids who deserve their own place to play. I hope race fans will join us in purchasing these collectibles and, in a small way, sharing the Victory Junction Gang Camp experience."

Epperson, who was extremely excited to see her car design selected as the first-ever Victory Junction Gang Camp fantasy collectible, added: "I had a really fun time making the race car for camp, and I hope the car will raise money. Victory Junction Camp needs a lot of help because it will be a great place for children to run around and have fun. When people buy this car, I think they will love it and want to join the Victory Junction Gang."

Victory Junction Gang Camp is modeled after the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps originated by actor Paul Newman that provide a free-of-charge camping experience for children fighting illnesses such as cancer, sickle-cell anemia, HIV and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The Petty family started the camp as a tribute to Kyle and Pattie’s late son, Adam. It resides among 72 acres of woodlands in Randleman, N.C. and includes accommodations for campers as well as medical facilities, an arts and crafts center, a gym and a race shop.

"Victory Junction Gang Camp is a testament to the vision and devotion that the Petty family share," noted Fred Wagenhals, Action’s chairman, president and CEO. "Victory Junction Gang Camp is a heartfelt tribute to Adam Petty, and it surely will enhance the lives of countless children, who will have the chance to have fun and make new friends in a camp built especially for them. I am honored that Action Performance is producing the first ‘camper edition’ die-cast designed by Haleigh Epperson, and I look forward to many more creative die-cast designs from some very special kids."

The Victory Junction Gang Camp 2004 "Epperson" Dodge will be available through Action’s standard distribution channels, including the 17-member Action Racing Collectables distributor network and Racing Collectables Club of America. To locate an ARC distributor, please call 1-800-411-8404. To join RCCA, call 1-800-952-0708 or visit www.goracing.com. For more information about Victory Junction Gang Camp and how to make a contribution, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

Victory Junction Gang Car

Source: Action Performance Companies Inc.
Date: April 2, 2004

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