GALLIPOLIS — Beautiful Friday night weather complemented some stunning vehicles at the Ole Car Club’s 2012 kick-off car show held for the first time in the lot of Aaron’s Rental of Gallipolis. The show, held from 5-8 p.m., drew approximately 20 entries and a steady stream of regional admirers.
The show, called ‘Aaron’s Rental Cruise-In’, required only volunteer donations from participants, with net profits going to local charities. There was no cost to those who stopped by merely to drool over the lovingly restored classics and pristine muscle cars, and door prizes and a 50-50 raffle were held for visitors.
The Ole Car Club, based in Gallipolis, has several car shows planned for the 2012 season. On Saturday, June 2, in conjunction with the Gallia County Relay for Life, the club will host their annual ‘Super Cruise-In’ at the Gallipolis City Park from 5-8 p.m. Organizer Elwood Lewis said that the 2011 Super Cruise-In included around 60 entries, and the club hopes to expand upon that number this year.
The club’s largest summer event will be the 34th Annual Car Show, slated for Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Gallipolis City Park. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, with an entry fee of $10. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. in nine separate categories, including: Favorite Ford, Favorite GM, Favorite Pre-War Antique (1941 and older), Favorite Post-War Antique (1986 and older), Favorite Street Rod (1948 and older), Favorite Street Machine (1949 and newer), Favorite Scooter/Motorbike and Oldest Vehicle Driven into the Park. There will be more than $500 in door prizes, and special gifts will be awarded to the first 100 vehicles registered.
The Gallipolis Lions Club will also host a pancake breakfast for participants and visitors from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Aug. 11.
“This is a big event,” said Lewis. “There were 200-plus entries last year. It was a huge success for local charities.”
The car show season will wrap up on September 14, with the ‘Gallia County Visitor’s Center Cruise-In’, to be held from 5-8 p.m. on Court Street in Gallipolis.
For more information about the 2012 Ole Car Club car show season, contact Dave Hively at (740) 446-0643 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lewis at (740) 446-4064 or email@example.com.