Archive for Thursday, October 13, 2005

Basehor Car Show to benefit Project Grad

October 13, 2005

Organizers of this weekend's Basehor Car Show, an annual fund-raiser for local students, have only one goal in mind when it comes to raising money.

"As much as we can," said Bob Purtee, an area man who founded the event seven years ago. "It's all for the kids. It all goes to Project Grad."

The 8th annual car show is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Basehor-Linwood High School parking lot.

Proceeds will be donated to the high school's 2006 Project Grad, a drug- and alcohol-free post-graduation party for high school seniors.

Admission to the event is $1 per carload of people.

Last year, more than 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles were entered into the car show and the event drew an estimated 1,000 visitors. Organizers are hoping for an even larger turnout this year.

Purtee said the optimum time for spectators to visit the car show is from noon to 4 p.m. All vehicles entering into the car show must be registered by noon and an awards ceremony is set for 4 p.m.

"Getting up there at 10 (a.m.) isn't a bad thing, you're just not going to see every car," Purtee said. "All the cars will be there from noon on."

The car show will offer more for spectators than just the souped up automobiles. Purtee said food and entertainment will also be available.

Mike "Mad Dog" McDowell, who Purtee proclaims is the "king of barbecue," will be the lead cook and offer hungry spectators delicious treats.

Purtee said the highlight of the day will come just before 4 p.m. during a patriotic tribute to America. Veterans from the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars post will present a flag ceremony and patriotic songs will be played over the loudspeakers.

"It's just something we do to show our appreciation that we do have people overseas while we're all at a car show," Purtee said.

"It's just one way of showing we care."

If Sunday's weather doesn't cooperate, the car show will be rescheduled for the following Sunday, Oct. 23.

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