Retired Marine Lt. Col. John Folsom, founder and president of Wounded Warriors Family Support, and the organization's 2012 Shelby Mustang GT-500 "Super Snake" will be in Minot and at Minot Air Force Base Monday, Sept. 10.
Minot AFB and Minot are the first stops of the western leg of the Wounded Warriors Family Support's High Five Tour, said Staff Sgt. Keith Ballard, with the Minot AFB Public Affairs Office.
He said Folsom and the car are scheduled to be at the base first. They will be there in the afternoon of Sept. 10
This 2012 Shelby Mustang GT-500 “Super Snake,” belonging to the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization, shown in this photo courtesy of the organization, will be in Minot Sept. 10. It will be shown at Minot Air Force Base and Westlie Truck Center in Minot.
Folsom will show the Shelby in Minot later that day from 3 to 7 p.m. at Westlie Truck Center at 1401-20th Ave. SE, east of Kroll's Diner, said Shelly Adams, marketing director for Westlie Motor Co.
Folsom is driving the 800-hp Shelby on the entire western leg of the tour, a trip covering 7,000 to 8,000 miles, said Ron Julianelle, High Five Tour coordinator in Omaha, Neb.
As of now, Minot and Minot AFB will be the only stops in North Dakota.
Details about the visit to Minot and Minot AFB are still in the planning stage and will be announced later. Bill Dennis, representing Westlie Motor Co., veterans organizations, North Dakota National Guard and others also are helping with the planning.
Julianelle said the tour, in its third year, is "to raise money and awareness for Wounded Warrior Family Support." The Nebraska organization supports families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.
The tour is also done to thank Americans for their support of military families.
"It is an honor to drive around this great country and meet face to face with the Americans who help fulfill our mission. The support for our military families is tremendous and I look forward to thanking in person as many people as possible," said Folsom.
Donations are accepted at the tour stops. People attending a High Five Tour event are given the opportunity to sign the car and share a message of hope for wounded warriors.
At the end of the tour, the Shelby will be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction.
People can find more information about the local visit at the Westle Facebook page at (www.facebook.com/pages/Westlie-Motor-company/178144868267?ref=hl).