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Highway 30 Cruisers car club hosts annual car show, expecting more than 160 vehicles

COURTESY PHOTO: HIGHWAY 30 CRUSIERS - The Highway 30 Cruisers car club will be hosting their annual car show during Wings and Wheels on Saturday, Aug. 17. Organizers are expecting nearly 160 vehicles to be on display this year. The Highway 30 Cruisers will be hosting a car show at the 2019 Wings & Wheels and invites anyone to bring their vehicle to display.

There are no restrictions on what vehicles can enter the car show, Rob Renner, vice president of the club, explained.

Last year more than 160 automobiles were on display, and this year they're expecting just as many, if not more.

"Hopefully, we expect to see more cars this year," Renner said. "We had a good growth last year from the year before and everybody was pretty positive ... so hopefully we continue that growth."

While the majority of the show will be cars, including old-fashioned classics to newer vehicles, motorcycles are also welcome, Renner explained.

"We get pretty much everything, from classic cars to newer cars; as old as in the 20s and sometimes older than that," Renner said.

Registration is $20 per vehicle and the fee can be paid on the day of the event which kicks off at 8 a.m.

During the car show, more than 70 sponsor trophies will be handed out, in addition to several judged categories, Renner explained.

"We ask the community businesses if they want to sponsor a trophy, and then, if they want to sponsor a trophy, we give them that option that they can come and pick out the cars they like," Renner said of the awards.

This year's show features unique trophies for the judged categories: Renner fashioned four hand-made trophies out of spare parts to present as awards.

Renner saw similar trophies at another car show and decided to make something himself.

"We've seen them at other shows and we were just like, maybe we'll just try and see how they turn out, and if we don't like them we can always go out and buy a trophy," Renner said with a laugh. "But, people seem to like them. I was just being creative and using spare bits and parts to make a little trophy by welding them together."

COURTESY PHOTO: HIGHWAY 30 CRUSIERS - The car show will different makes and models of vehicles from a variety of decades. Organizers will be handing out four trophies for judged catergories, as well as 70 different sponsor trophies. The annual car show is something many club members look forward to throughout the year, Renner said. Not only does it bring myriad vehicles together in one place, but the event serves as a huge fundraiser for the club, which helps it give back to the community.

"We always are excited about it," Renner said.

This year, the Highway 30 Cruisers had been more proactive in setting aside money that can be used to award student scholarships, and this event will be help generate proceeds for the fund, Renner explained.

Renner said he and other club members are looking forward to the event.

"We always want everybody to come out and have a good time," he said. "And, hopefully the weather is good, and not too hot."

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