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Car show celebrates internal combustion
June 10, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen Jim and Cindy Spencer of Morrill are the owners of this classic 1978 Chevy Camero. It will be on display during the Rock-n-Roll Father’s Day Classic Car Show this Saturday at Five Rocks Amphitheater.

Car enthusiasts will find plenty to see next weekend as the 18th Rock-n-Roll Father’s Day Classic Car Show rolls back into town.

Cars start arriving at the Gering Civic Center Friday, June 17, for registration. A barbecue for entrants starts at about 4 p.m., then drivers go on a “Cruise for Cash” around the community. As many as 130 cars are signed up to take part in the cruise. An ice cream social follows that evening when everyone returns.

Saturday morning, June 18, starts off at 9 a.m. with a parade of cars through downtown Gering on their way to Five Rocks Amphitheater. This year’s parade will honor our fallen veterans with a riderless horse leading the way.

From antiques to classics, from trucks to street rods and muscle cars, automotive history will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the amphiteater. Food vendors will also be there.

Car enthusiasts will bring their vehicles from around the region, including Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, and Montana.

The annual “show and shine” is hosted by the High Plains Auto Club. “This started out as a really small show of about 10 to 15 cars in the Coop parking lot,” said club member Larry Janecek.
“Several years ago, we moved the show out to the amphitheater and it’s really grown from here. This year’s we’re expecting about 300 cars and every year we always get new ones.”

Plenty of local people also bring their vehicles out for show.
Gering car collector Darrell Bentley said he’s not sure which one he’ll bring this year.

“Car people are car people,” Bentley said. “Their backgrounds don’t matter, because when they get together, they’re all car people. They bring their cars because they’re proud of them.”

Bentley said he likes the camaraderie of fellow car people and enjoys seeing what other owners have built. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the best car shows in the country. The city provides top-notch facilities, and they go out of their way to help groups like ours.”

Another car guy who has been showing his vehicles for several years is Scott Miller of Mitchell. “Everyone knows someone who’s interested in cars so this is a nice show,” he said. “People like to answer questions about their cars. It’s always cool to hear the story of the old couple who tell you they dated in a car like that.”

Janecek added he’s very proud that most of the club’s 100 or so members are very active in doing all the things necessary to stage a show of that size. None of it would be possible without numerous sponsors and help from the tourism groups. “People love coming back for the show,” Janecek said. “The Civic Center treats us very well and I’ve heard so many compliments from people on how friendly the community is. Everyone’s support is just awesome.”
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