Car Club getting ready for big weekend

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The River City Classics Car Club has their foot on the gas pedal as their 16th annual Show ‘N Shine, Burn-Out Show and Cruise Night are fast approaching.

The Burn-Out Show and Cruise Night will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and the Show ‘N Shine will follow on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at George Lane Memorial Park and Downtown High River. Although, registration for the Show ‘N Shine will be from 7 to 10 a.m. on Sept. 23.

According to Al Leonhardt, show chairman, for the past few years the event has had just under 1,200 cars at the Show ‘N Shine. He said there will also be live entertainment in the park and 60 food vendors will be in attendance.

“The first year we had it we had about 50 cars so I think we’ve grown pretty dramatically,” Leonhardt said.

At the Show ‘N Shine, Leonhardt said people attending should expect all different types of cars.

“It’s anything and everything. From hot rods, muscle cars (to) some classics but I would say the majority tend to be cars from the late ‘50s through the ‘60s,” Leonhardt said.

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This is a family event and Leonhadt said he encourages people of all ages to attend.

“It’s a fun family event. People get out and see the cars and talk to the car owners and hear their stories, it’s just a fun day for everybody,” Leonhardt said.

Roger Hamel, who brought the Burn-Out Show to High River two years ago to expand the car show, said since it began it’s had 70 vehicles take part each year.

Since the event begins at 5 p.m. Hamel said they will start registration at 4 p.m. and anyone who is looking to take part that day will be required to have a safety inspection done on their vehicle upon arrival.

“We are actually going to put cement barriers on each side of the road on Centre Street from the traffic circle up to Eighth Avenue. We have three staging areas in that area and three vehicles report to those areas and the furthest north burns out first and then the next car does the same,” Hamel said.

“It’s a chance for the guys who built these cars to burn rubber in a legal fashion, to have some fun and put on a great display for the crowd,” Hamel said.

He said last year they had as many as 1,500 spectators at the event and said it is very much a family event.

“It’s a very fun and family-oriented event and it’s worked out very well our first two years,” Hamel said.