Part of Airshow of the Cascades Aug. 23-24

by: HOLLY M. GILL - From left, Tom Hansen, Brent Moschetti and Doug Lofting, who are in the process of organizing the car show portion of the 2013 Airshow of the Cascades, are joined by auto enthusiasts Bob Mammen, with his ‘58 Del Ray Chevy, and Gerald Tucker, with his ‘69 Pontiac GTO.Cars of all types, from classic to hotrods, will be on display this year at the Airshow of the Cascades' car show, Aug. 23-24.

Even though the show is still more than two months away, organizers Tom Hansen, Doug Lofting and Brent Moschetti are eager to expand the car show and encourage Central Oregon residents to bring their unique vehicles to the show.

Now in its 14th year, the car show has been a part of the air show since the first air show at the Madras airport in 2000. Originally organized by Dave Wollam, in 2009, automotive enthusiasts Hansen, Lofting and Moschetti took over the car show portion.

"We go from clear back to the first cars ever made up to new, fast cars — any kind of unique or classic car, hot rod or street rod, or race cars," said Hansen, who has owned a 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air and a 2004 bright purple Chevrolet SSR convertible pickup, among other special vehicles.

"I've had hotrods my whole life," said Hansen, who recently sold the convertible pickup, and is now "just kind of looking around."

A member of the Viper Club of America, Lofting owns a 2003 Viper, and has long been an automobile enthusiast.

Lofting believes that the car show fits well at the air show. "Car people are much like airplane people in that they like things that are mechanical," he said. "There's a fascination with machinery."

The car show typically draws up to 75 vehicles — most from Central Oregon, but a few from Washington. "We've been out beating the streets, attending car shows and dropping off advertising material," he said.

"With improvements to the airport giving us more parking space, we're trying to get as many as 200," said Lofting.

People who sign up to show their vehicles get free admission for two to the air show. "The twilight stuff on Friday night is always breathtaking," he continued. "There's music, a hangar dance, and a wristband that gets them into the pilots' chalet."

Besides getting in free, car show participants are in the running for a variety of trophies for different classes of automobiles. Everyone at the air show can vote on the "People's Choice" award, and the car show participants can vote on the "Best of Show" award.

"It's a lot to offer for free," said Lofting. "Basically, we just want to get people out (to the show)."

The organizers are particularly interested in one-of-a-kind local vehicles. "We like to try to get local stuff: (a vehicle) out in the barn that they don't drive much; pieces of machinery; old, turn-of-the-century vehicles," he said. "Especially with the old car club, their equipment shows its age. That's part of the fascination with it."

New this year will be a burnout demonstration on Saturday morning. Participants in the car show must register by Aug. 15, which can be done online at

The show is growing every year and adding sponsors. "This year, it looks like Matt and Bill Thomas, who have Subaru of Bend, and Approved Auto Used Car Sales in Madras, Redmond and Bend, will be involved and help sponsor the car show," said Hansen.

Other sponsors include Shielding International and Oregon Embroidery, owned by the Moschetti and Lofting families, and Figaro's Pizza, owned by Hansen.

"This year, we're also inviting custom and classic motorcycles," Hansen added.

"What our goal is, is to have a nice event in Madras that features cars, espcially from Central Oregon," said Lofting.

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