Mar 8, 2014, 2:33 AM EDT
Friends and family of Dick Trickle are looking to build a memorial to honor the late stock car racing legend in his hometown of tiny Rudolph, Wis.
Although still in the early planning stages, according to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, a group will kick off a fund-raising drive starting in mid-May to raise money for a memorial to Trickle that will likely include a statue, ceramic tiles and photos.
“I think it’s a phenomenal thing they’re doing,” said Trickle’s younger sister, Delores Iwanski. “Dick entertained so many of his fans for so many years.”
Rudolph is a town of just over 400 about 170 miles northwest of Milwaukee, in the center of the state.
“Dick deserves it,” longtime Trickle friend and fellow racer Tom Reffner told the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. “He did the best of anybody from our area by far, and I just think it’s the right thing to do, and I think it’s the right thing to do for Rudolph itself.”
Trickle died nearly a year ago in Iron Station, N.C., at the age of 71.
“Just for what he gave back to his fans, I think this memorial is well deserved in his honor,” Iwanski said.
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