LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Many of the riders at the Daniel Boone Motocross track Tuesday say they knew 14 year old Austin Mincey well and they say this already close knit bike riding community is showing their support in a number of ways.
Austin's bike...that he wrecked on last weekend has been retrofitted with new plastic and is covered in signatures of his friends, family and others he rode with.
That bike along with a large pink wreath in front of a large banner showing Mincey in action with the words, "Life is short, so grip it and rip it, Godspeed, #173" was on display in front of the rolling dirt hills in rural Laurel County.
On Tuesday night, 173 balloons will be released in his memory. 173 was Mincey's number. A silent auction is being held with everything raised going to his family. Proceeds from the gate were also going to his family.
"Everybody looked up to him, you knew he was going to be something, he was just this ball of energy. He had a big purpose. And I think we see that now. He had a big purpose. He brought a lot of people together," said Amanda Freeman with the Daniel Boone Motocross.
Mincey was training to become a professional rider but friends say his faith was very important to him. They say his motto was "racing is life...God is number one," as that was on his Twitter account as well.
Kentucky State Police were planning a benefit basketball game at Casey County High School in Liberty for 7pm Tuesday, with all proceeds going to Mincey's family.