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ROCKINGHAM – Jeeps will take over the Rockingham Dragway this weekend in memory of a deceased Richmond County deputy.

The Rockin’ the Rock Jeep Fling is a tribute to James Hamby, a Marine Corps veteran who worked for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office from 2017 until his death in November 2022.

The Texan native enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating from high school and completed basic training camp in December 2005.

During his 12 years of service, Hamby was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan and served in the United States in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for the security of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and at Camp David as the Presidential Security Officer.

In 2019, following his experience with the No Barriers event at Hinson Lake, Hamby organized the Walk for a Purpose, a three-stage walk to help veterans and other people with disabilities.

Click here to read Hamby’s obituary with more details about his service.

“For the most part, Jeepers always come together to show their support for the community and show that they care about the cause,” said organizer Christine Collins Painter.

When she heard of Hamby’s death, Painter said she contacted the sheriff’s office to arrange a ride.

The event, Painter said, turned into a real charity show “for the community and to show his daughters what he meant to this community.”

The driving portion of the event is scheduled for Sunday morning at 9 a.m. All street-legal vehicles may participate for a $20 fee.

Proceeds from the event will go toward establishing a scholarship in Hamby’s name, Painter said.

The show portion of Jeep Fling on Saturday includes tug of war, sound and light competitions and passes on the course for participants. There will also be an after-party on Saturday night at Axe to Grind in Hamlet.

Admission to the event is free and gates open at 9am.