|Gering welcomes classic car enthusiasts|
|June 13, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - 1946 Chevy pick up
This Friday and Saturday marks the 15th year car enthusiasts have come to Gering to celebrate the internal combustion engine with the Rock ‘N Roll Father’s Day Classic Car Show, hosted by the High Plains Auto Club.
The first show had about 25 cars on display. This year, between 250 and 300 are expected from car enthusiasts in seven states.
“Cars are coming from as far as Yuma, Ariz.,” said show chairman Jim Spencer. “Texas and Florida are also represented and a lot of cars are from South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming.”
The fun weekend starts on Friday afternoon with registration at the Gering Civic Center. Participants are then treated to a barbecue, followed by a cruise for cash around the community to show off their vehicles to the public. The day ends for them with an ice cream social back at the Civic Center.
Saturday morning, the public is invited to downtown Gering at 9 a.m. to watch the parade of cars as they head out to Five Rocks Amphitheater for the car show.
The public is also invited to take a look at all the cars and vote for their favorite. The cars will be on display until about 4 pm. Food vendors will be available and a DJ will be playing classics from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Last year, an estimated 10,000 people attended.
A wide variety of cars are expected for the show, including muscle cars, street rods, low riders, classics and original intent cars. “We take all cars, from an old ’29 to a brand new Corvette,” Spencer said.
Saturday evening, participants will attend a banquet and awards ceremony at the Civic Center. Winners in each category are based on the public vote from that afternoon.
Spencer said the show has grown largely through word of mouth. One participant, from Yuma, attends car shows across the nation.
“Some of our car club members were in Yuma and he recognized them from the car show,” Spencer said. “He told them he judges every car show by Gering’s. He said it was the top show for him. That says a lot for our show.”
Spencer also said he’s happy with all the tourism dollars the show generates. Participants often bring their families, and with lodging and everything else, it brings about $250,000 to $300,000 to the area.
Through its activities, the High Plains Auto Club also sponsors two scholarships for local students who want to major in the automotive field.
It’s not too late to enter for the show. Interested people can go online at www.highplainsautoclub.com to enter, or show up Friday or Saturday to register. The entry fee is $35.
“What makes our car show great is all the support we get from the community, our sponsors and the Civic Center and Five Rocks,” Spencer said. “Gering is just a beautiful place for a car show.”