Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2007

Car show revving its engines Oct. 7

September 27, 2007

Cars, trucks and motorcycles will be the main attractions at the Basehor Car Show, which is coming up Sunday, Oct. 7.

But, visitors can expect so much more this year.

The morning will kick off about 7:30 a.m. with registration, along with a large military display from Ft. Leavenworth including a Hummer, a climbing wall, weapons simulator and possibly a Black Hawk helicopter. Weather and availability permitting, the helicopter is supposed to land in the practice baseball field for visitors to view.

"We've had tanks and Hummers out there before, but it's been several years," Jeanie Lowe, one of the organizers for the event, said.

Registration will continue until noon and the first 250 entries will receive a door prize and a goodie bag, Lowe said. Guests are invited to visit a variety of vendor booths as well as the dunk tank and car bash or just stroll the several aisles of vehicles surrounding the Basehor-Linwood High School football field while feasting on turkey legs and polish sausage. Disc jockey Don Noone of Noone's Tunes will also be there to entertain the crowd.

"There's beautiful vehicles out there," Lowe said. "Both new and old, but there are other things to do also."

After enjoying the displays, visitors can stick around for the raffle, which will begin around 3 p.m. All prizes are donated by area merchants and include a portable DVD player, a man's watch and a stay in the Quarterage Hotel in Westport, Mo., Lowe said. Awards will follow at about 4 p.m. with a flag ceremony by the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars. Huge trophies will be awarded to the Chairman's Choice and the Best in Show in the car, truck and motorcycle categories. Other awards include People's Choice, Top 75 Cars, Top 25 Trucks and Top 10 Motorcycles.

"We've got some great items in the raffle," Lowe said. "We've had donations from so many places. It's amazing how many people support us."

The annual event is the largest fundraiser for Project Grad, the drug and alcohol-free post graduation party for BLHS seniors. Lowe said the success of the car show determines if more fundraisers will need to be organized throughout the year. While the show is generally a big hit, Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate. A cold, drizzly day dampened the turnout and profits last year, so organizers are hoping for better weather this year.

"It's going to be a beautiful day," Lowe said. "I've sent up lots and lots of prayers for a beautiful day."

Those wishing to enter their vehicle in the show are welcome to register on the day of the event, Sunday, Oct. 7, at a cost of $20. Spectators will be charged $1 per carload. The pre-registration date was Wednesday, Sept. 26 and as of late last week about 80 entries had been submitted. However, Lowe said she expects hundreds more people and vehicles from across the area to show up, especially if it's a nice day.

"Our car show has a great reputation and it gets bigger every year," she said. "We had over 400 (entries) two years ago and if weather permits we could have over 500 this year. The word is out. We've handed out over 5,000 fliers and we've gotten a great response."

Commenting has been disabled for this item.