Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Basehor Car Show an event for the family

September 5, 2001

Although the ultimate goal is to raise money for Project Graduation, promoters of the Basehor Car Show want to spread the word that the all-day event is an affordable one for families.

The car show, now in its fifth year, will be Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Basehor-Linwood High School parking lot.

The cost of the show is $1 per car for spectators and $15 to enter a vehicle in the contest. Trucks and motorcycles will also be on display.

The proceeds from the event will go to the Basehor-Linwood Project Graduation 2002 as well as other high school organizations, Basehor Car Show Commissioner Bob Purtee said.

"It's just a way different organizations can generate money," Purtee said. "All the money goes to benefit the kids and Project Grad, and other organizations at the high school."

"The main thing is that it is for the kids. No one is benefiting from this except the kids," he added.

Although the event will draw those mostly with an interest in cars, the event also offers activities for the whole family.

Activities for children include a moon walk, dunk tank, motor blow and car bash. There will also be a clogger and square dance show going on throughout the day.

"This is a good thing for the community," Purtee said. "We have good food and games, and the prices are very reasonable. There are a lot of things to do and not just for people who like cars. People could spend hours up there."

While there are numerous activities for everyone, the car show is designed to bring out the car enthusiasts in the area. A panel of judges will be on-hand to decide which participants will walk away with the 24 awards up for grabs.

Also several established race car drivers such as Jennifer Cobb and Basehor resident Tim Karrick will attend the event.

Purtee said all car entries must be registered with the judges by noon the day of the show. The judges will start viewing the vehicles shortly after the registration deadline.

Purtee developed the idea of a car show event when he was a parent working on the Project Grad committee in 1998. His son, Jaren, was getting ready to graduate that school year.

"When I was involved with Project Grad we were looking for a way to generate more money," Purtee said. "I was at home one day and I saw Jaren and some of his buddies looking under the hoods of their cars, and just kind of thought something like a car show would be a good idea. We put it together in about six weeks and it has been escalating since."

The success of the car show has been evident in the growing amount of participants each year. Every year except last year, when the number of cars entered into the contest was limited due to heavy rainfall, the number of vehicles entered has been more than 300. Purtee said he expects between 300 to 400 cars at this year's contest.

"There wasn't many that showed up last year because of the weather, but we still ended up with almost 100," Purtee said. "As long as it is a nice day, we are going to end up with a lot."

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