‘Bring It!’ downtownPublished 5:30pm Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Kar Club Inc.’s second summer of cruise-in car shows revs up Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Bring It car shows continue every Wednesday night through Aug. 29, closing Main Street for an event which June 6 features rock band Red Hot Voodoo, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Build-Off Team and the new Mayor Mike McCauslin’s pick.
Each Bring It! Event features deejay Joe Cannon of WJOE announcing event sponsors between songs performed by tribute artists or live bands, and Jeff Roberts on non-band nights.
There will be awards for best of show, first runner-up and best Ford/Chevy models, with free door prizes.
Main Street closes from the 200 to 400 block, Third Street from Main to Broadway. There is display parking on both Main and Third for cars, bikes, vans and trucks. The DJ/MC registration table, band and several vendors cluster around the intersection.
A prime parking spot for the first six events was auctioned at last month’s Gearhead Breakfast to Michael and Cindy Patty.
Niles High School automotive teacher Gary Kind’s 4-year-old Hot Rodders of Tomorrow team competes in disassembling and reassembling a small block Chevrolet 350 engine outfitted with high-performance parts.
Sept. 21’s first-season-ending show attracted 110 classic, sports and muscle cars and 15 motorcycles.
Kar Club Inc. last June opened its 6,700-foot showroom on the second floor over Haelan Family Counseling Center at 109 North Third St., which is co-owner (with Jay Pleimling) Marc Milhander’s day job.
Though many may remember the location as Bookout Furniture or Clear Choice Chiropractic, Kar Club’s cozy confines continue a car-dealership tradition from when John Howes sold DeSotos and Plymouths on the site in 1940.
Bring It Supercar Club is a division of the Kar Club, which has a restoration shop in addition to being an authorized used vehicle dealer buying and selling all makes and models, offers winter motorcycle storage.
To keep classic car enthusiasts from hibernating, the Kar Club created the “Gearhead Breakfast Series,” monthly get-togethers to talk cars and share upcoming projects.
Hunter Ice Festival helped introduce the community to the 42-member Kar Club, which hosted the Relay for Life bake sale and the chili cook-off.
With a 70-inch television with surround sound, the restored pool table from the Elks and slot car racing, the Kar Club also styles itself a hangout.
The showroom and Gearhead Lounge are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Bring It Supercar Club
Summer 2012 Cruise-ins
Date Entertainment Featuring
June 6 Red Hot Voodoo Ford/Chevy
June 13 DJ/MC Truck and van
June 20 Ground Control Mopar/AMC
June 27 DJ/MC Club Night
July 11 Top Secret Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac
July 18 DJ/MC Race cars/motor sports/demolition
July 25 Rod Stewart by Steve Bobbit Bicycles/skateboards/scooters
Aug. 1 Bobby Lee Caldwell Band Studebaker
Aug. 8 DJ/MC Bizarre/unusual/unique
Aug. 15 Elwood Splinters Blues Band Orphan vehicles
Aug. 22 DJ/MC Bike night
Aug. 29 Full Circle Import Night