October 24, 2016 10:43 AM
A 1965 Ford Mustang belonging to a popular 1960s rock-and-roll idol will be featured at the Twin Cities Auto Show this weekend in Minneapolis – all for a good cause.
Bobby Vee launched his music career with the Minneapolis-based Soma Records-recorded song “Suzie Baby.” After that hit, he went on to produce 38 top 100 hits from 1959 to 1970, accumulating seven Gold Records.
In 2011, Vee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and retired from performing. Family members say the Classic Car Walk at the Twin Cities Auto Show is a chance for Vee to reunite with the public and share a piece of his personal collection.
"The Mustang is his favorite from many classic cars from over the years,” Bobby Vee’s son, Robby Vee, said. “It’s the one he drove the most and drove up until his unfortunate battle with this disease made it no longer possible for him to drive anymore. As a family, it’s the car we all enjoyed the most, from kids to grandkids.”
The Mustang will be displayed at the Minneapolis Convention Center to support the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
"Many have reached out to my father throughout his struggle, and the Mustang at the Auto Show is a chance for him to shine some light on a great foundation and thank the public for the support they have shown,” Robby Vee said.
Robby Vee is also a recording artist. In 2015, he started the Blue Moon Blue project, with proceeds from the single “Blue Moon Blue” going to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Robby Vee said the organization focuses on the “care” side of the battle.
“Though I wish and hope for a cure, my Alzheimer's experience is about the care – how to get the best care for someone you love and how to understand how to care for this person and recognize the disease and the person as separate, as well as understanding the progression,” Robby Vee said.
Robby Vee said his father still recognizes family members and hums along to some of his favorite songs, but his condition requires around-the-clock care.
“AFA has given me a great community to plug into and also a place to give back with my artist abilities to reach out to others who are going through the Alzheimer’s experience with their loved ones," Robby Vee said.
The 43rd Annual Twin Cities Auto Show’s Classic Car Walk takes place from March 12-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Learn more about the event here.
Jennie Lissarrague and Nate Leding
Updated: October 24, 2016 10:43 AM
Created: March 11, 2016 12:06 PM
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