A Capt. Herb Emory Memorial Concert, Car Show and Hot Rod Parade is set for on Saturday, July 5 where Juanita Clay, left, and her group A Gift of Love, will benefit from a car show, parade and special concert by country music legend Ronnie McDowell, right.

No one would argue that Capt. Herb Emory loved fast cars, good music and helping people.

When he passed away earlier this year, his wife Karen asked people to honor Emory by helping the charities that were special to Herb — including Juanita Clay’s “A Gift of Love.”

With that in mind, Super Quick Towing owner Rodney Elrod decided to help and got the wheels turning on a special day of fun that will include all the things that were special to Capt. Herb.

Elrod is sponsoring the inaugural Capt. Herb Emory Memorial Concert, Car Show and Hot Rod Parade on Saturday, July 5.

“We wanted to do something to not only honor Herb, but something that would raise some money for A Gift of Love,” Elrod said. “The work that they do there is just incredible. They feed 700 kids and even send food home with them so they don’t go hungry over the weekend. There isn’t a more deserving bunch and we hope that people will come out and enjoy the day and help any way that they can.”

Elrod called his friend, country music legend Ronnie McDowell, who jumped at the chance to come back to Douglasville and help this great cause. The show is set for 7 p.m. in the beautiful New Manchester High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the show are $25 and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

McDowell’s connection to Douglasville started with longtime friend, Elrod. The two have been friends for decades and last year, Elrod brought McDowell to the area to shoot a video for his latest hit, “A Single Woman.” McDowell also did shows here in March and December of 2013.

For today’s music fans who have just tuned into the sound, they may not know much about McDowell. He made it big after the death of Elvis Presley in 1977. His first hit was his tribute song “The King Is Gone,” a song that has sold five million copies.

Other hits include “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You,” “Older Women,” “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” “Watchin’ Girls Go By,” “Personally,” “You Made A Wanted Man Of Me,” “All Tied Up” and “In A New York Minute.”

“That is an incredible facility,” Elrod said. “When I saw it I could’ty beelive it and I know that Ronnie is excited about playing there. He’s been here a couple of times, but for a cause like this in that building, he is really looking forward to entertaining the crowd.”

But to add another element — the parade and car show were added to the fund.

Drivers can bring their cars to the Douglasville Police Department Building on Fairburn Road at 3 p.m. and then parade beginning at 4 p.m. to New Manchester High School where the coolest cars will be on display until it’s time for the concert at 7 p.m. There will be food, games and all sorts of activities, Elrod said.

“We did a car show in the past for A Gift of Love and it was a big hit,” Elrod said. “I love hot rods and old cars and there are so many great car clubs and people who love to see what others have done that we wanted to do it again. Being able to combine it with the concert made even better especially to honor Capt. Herb.”

For information, tickets and car show and parade entry call Super Quick at 770-489-0033.

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