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MELBOURNE (Feb. 4) – Meet NASCAR legend and 1986 Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine and view more than 260 pristine muscle cars during Bluewater Foundation’s Muscle Car Madness fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at the American Muscle Car Museum, 3500 Sarno Road. A resident of West Melbourne, Bodine will sign autographs and pose for photos during the event, which will raise money for Devereux Florida, the largest not-for-profit provider of child welfare, behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disabilities services in the state.  During a 27-year Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) Series racing career, Bodine made 575 starts, winning 37 pole positions and 18 races. His greatest victory occurred in 1986, when he took the checkered flag at the Daytona 500. The eldest of three racing brothers, Geoff Bodine finished in the top-10 in points six times, won the 1987 IROC title and was named 1982 Cup Rookie of the Year. He was named one of "NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers" during NASCAR's 50th anniversary celebration. He retired from NASCAR in 2012. Bodine is also the co-owner of Bo-Dyn Bobsled Co. He became interested in bobsled racing after watching the American team struggle in the 1992 Winter Olympics. He founded the USA Bobsled Project to help the U.S. team win medals, using technology derived from his racing career. The U.S. team first raced Bodine’s sleds at Lillehammer in 1994. American bobsledders won three medals during the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City, and American bobsledder Steven Holcomb piloted a Bo-Dyn bobsled to gold during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. A bobsled from the 1994 Lillehammer Games will be on display during Muscle Car Madness. Visitors can sit in the bobsled and take photos of the craft. The event takes place inside a 90,000-square-foot showroom that houses Melbourne Beach resident Mark Pieloch’s collection of vintage and modern-day muscle cars, valued at more than $33 million. The American Muscle Car Museum opened in October, but is open to the public only for fundraisers, free educational tours for students and auto-related activities such as car shows or autocross events. Tickets to Muscle Car Madness are $100 per person and include wine, beer, drinks and heavy hors d’ oeuvres. Dress is business casual and the museum is a no-smoking, vapor-free facility. Attendees should enter through the east entrance from Club 52 Greyhound Park on Sarno Road. To purchase tickets, go to EventBrite.com and search Muscle Car Madness Melbourne. For more information, call 321-258-1772.

Orginally Posted on 02/07/2017 at 09:43