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Racing Community Mourns Passing of a Legend

Racing Community Mourns Passing of a Legend

  • Scott Misner
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 16 December 2015

Raleigh icon and Hall of Fame racing legend Ray Price passed away in his sleep this evening. He was 78 years of age. Ray was a native of Johnston County and is survived by his wife Jean, his daughter Robin, and grandchildren Rebecca and Jordan Richardson.

“Today we mourn the passing of a tremendous man, a dedicated husband and parent, and a legend in motorsports,” said General Manager Mark Hendrix, Ray Price, Inc. “Ray Price was a North Carolina icon with a huge heart, an unwavering passion for sharing his love of motorcycling, and a dedication to philanthropy and community service.”

Information on funeral arrangements will be provided as details become available.

Ray Price was actively involved in the Ray Price Motorsports Racing Team, based in Raleigh. The team is the defending two-time National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Harley-Davidson Top Fuel Drag Racing Champions for 2014 and 2015.

Ray Price is best known for his many successes in motorcycle drag racing with the International Hot Rod Association, and National Hot Rod Association, among others. He is an inducted member of the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame, the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the N.C. Drag Racing Hall of Fame, and the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame.

Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 20. Visitation will be at the Dealership at 1126 South Saunders Street, Raleigh, NC from 11:00am until 1:00pm. While the dealership will be closed on Sunday, the service is open to the public. Mourners will then ride to the Memorial Service from the dealership at 1:00pm. The Service will be held at Red Hat Amphitheater at 500 S. McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC at 2:00pm. Following the service, the ride will continue to Montlawn Cemetery at 2911 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC. Graveside Services will commence at 3:00pm. For more information please see our Memorial Page.

About Ray Price, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Ray Price Harley-Davidson and Ray Price Triumph in Raleigh, N.C. has served as one of the Southeast’s top motorcycle dealerships and home to Hall-of-Fame racing legend Ray Price. Earlier this year, Ray Price Harley-Davidson was honored by The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) with its “Retailer of the Year” award. Ray Price is also known for Capital City Bikefest, the annual motorcycle festival that draws 100,000 visitors into downtown Raleigh each September for the past 11 years.

This photo was taken by Christer Berg for his Portraits with a Purpose project which celebrates champions of community service.

The Ray Price Motorsports team sends sincere thanks to all their sponsors for their support. They include our Primary Sponsors: Akea, Ray Price Harley-Davidson, with special thanks to our Associate Sponsor Raleigh H.O.G. and our Support Sponsors: Vanson Leathers, PJ1 Products, RC Components, CP Pistons, Barnett Clutches & Cables, Autolite Sparkplugs, Mickey Thompson Tires, Gates Belts, Nationwide Insurance, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, JIMS USA, Industrial Machine Solutions, Wiley X, LAT Racing Oils and Nitrolube. Additional thanks: Bill Hayes, Hargis Consulting, Ultra Pro Machining and Freddie Robbins.

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