|Club to host annual classic car show|
|June 16, 2011 Jerry Purvis|
Attendees of last year's Father's Day Car Classic show tour row upon row of classic cars on display at Five Rocks Amphitheater
This weekend, classic cars from around the region will be on display for the annual High Plains Auto Club Rock ‘N Roll Father’s Day Classic.
Jim Spencer, the club’s co-chairman, said cars will start arriving about 2 p.m. Friday afternoon and will meet at the Gering Civic Center. “We’re looking to have about 300 cars show up,” he said. “That night will be our barbecue kickoff.”
Following the barbecue, drivers will “cruise for cash” around the Gering, Scottsbluff and surrounding areas to see the towns. Spencer said there could be about 200 cars in a group, so expects to see a lot of local residents watching the event. Once drivers get back, the club will have an ice cream social for them.
Saturday morning starts with a parade through downtown Gering. Lineup starts at 9 a.m. on North 10th St. as cars head out to the Five Rocks Amphitheater, where they will be on display from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Several food vendors will be on site and the public is invited to come out and inspect the cars and talk with the drivers.
The event wraps up Saturday evening with an awards banquet at the Civic Center. “Participants vote on their favorite cars in the different classes,” Spencer said. “We have a modified class, original intent, trucks, motorcycles, an under-21 class, works in progress and street rods. Street rods can be very expensive cars and they always seem to bring in lots of people in.”
The High Plains Auto Club has about 80 members and their car show started in the late 1980s. For the last eight years or so, the event has been hosted at Five Rocks.
“The show has really gone over great,” Spencer said. “We have people coming from a five-state area. People learn about it from word of mouth and the show has just gotten bigger each year.”
Spencer said a big reason for the event’s success is the great relationship they have with Five Rocks Amphitheater and the Gering Civic Center.
“Participants are just taken aback by the great banquet the Civic Center hosts for us,” he said. “And the Five Rocks facility is everything we could want. It’s just a great place for a car show and that’s what brings the people back every year.”
Spencer said the reason for the event is to support two scholarships each year, which go to young men or women to attend a school that has something to do with the automotive industry.