Other Voices: Find fun in the foothills at car show
Everywhere I hear people talking about economic hard times and cutting back on vacations, especially any that mean driving a long distance. With gas flirting with the $5-per-gallon mark, it makes good sense. It is time to look locally for fun.
There is much to do with the great natural resources we have such as the forests and lakes. But the Roamin Angels 9th Annual “Cruisin’ the Pines” car show will bring excitement of a different kind to the community and will do so for a very low cost – the cost of admission for the weekend being about the cost of one gallon of gas ($5). Not only that, but children under 12 are free with an adult, and there is no charge for parking.
This is not a commercial venture by some large corporation but an event put on by local car enthusiasts for the enjoyment of the community.
Making money is not why we do it. Sure, we don’t want to lose money and are glad if we make some, but that is not our motivation.
If we make money, we make donations to local groups. Last year alone, we gave to the American Cancer Society (Relay for Life), Nevada Union ROP program, Gold Country Community Center, AnimalSave, Nevada Union High School Girl’s Softball, Grass Valley Firefighters Association, Boy Scout Troop No. 855, Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament (to benefit the police and firefighters), Transportation Museum of Nevada County, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
The club also used funds for its own Roamin Angels’ 13th Annual Toy Drive and used all the profit from its engine raffle for its scholarship program for those going into automotive-related fields of study.
OK, you say, that’s nice, but why go to a car show? Because it is fun. We hope to have over 850 classic cars and street rods with all the gleaming chrome and fancy paint-jobs with flames and striping that anyone could want. These are truly works of automotive art.
The owners put tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in hard work to make them the magnum opuses of motoring masterpieces.
This show will have numerous auto-related vendors, a Car Corral of special-interest cars for sale, an Artisans’ Faire featuring craftspeople and artists, and a car art exhibit, as well as a variety of foods and drinks that include beer and wine.
On Saturday, there is a pin-striping exhibition by some of the best with a brush, and for the kids, there is a Hot Wheels gravity drag for a cash prize. Saturday night will have line dancing with a DJ.
The Roamin Angels work hard to make this a great show for the community. We start planning right after the last show ends. There are no paid employees, only volunteers. We do look for the community, our friends and neighbors for support. And yes, we have felt the impact from this current economic situation.
Though the pre-registration of cars is going well, we have seen a downturn in other areas. Our sales of the engine raffle tickets for our scholarship fund are considerably lower this year, and donations for the raffle at our car show, where much of our profits are made, also are lower.
Some companies who donated last year cannot this year and others are donating less. It is understandable but does have an impact on the show. So I am going to close with a three-part appeal to this community, the one where Roamin Angels live and do much to help.
First, come to the show. You will enjoy it and we have kept the cost very low. Second, when you are there, buy some engine raffle tickets. You will help local youths go to college and might just win a brand-new, high-performance Chevy engine that is worth over $4,000.
And last, if you or any business can contribute to our “big raffle” at the car show, contact me. We need to work together to help where we live. Thanks for your support.
For more information about the Roamin Angels Car Club, go to http://www.roaminangels.com, call 432-8449 or write to Roamin Angels, PO Box 1616, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
Ron Cherry is a member of Roamin Angels Car Club.
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