Gear-heads, petrol-heads, motor-heads, car enthusiasts – there are a lot of names for people who love cars, but there’s only one event – the Kiwanis Club of Concord’s Antique & Classic Car Show.
The car show will return for a 34th year this Saturday, when hundreds of classic, rare and just stunning automobiles roll into NHTI from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This all-day event is fun for the whole family, and you’re bound to see something you’ve never seen – or even heard of – before.
Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, Mopars (anything Chrysler/Dodge), Thunderbirds, GT Cobras, Volkswagens, Corvairs, Studebakers – you name it, and you can be sure you’ll see it at this show. There are usually between 275 and 300 cars at the show, said Ken Georgevits, a Kiwanis Club member who is involved with the show. There’s always room for more, too.
If you have a car you think is worthy of exhibiting at this show, there’s still time to register it. Registration is $12 in advance or $15 at the event. Georgevits said a large portion of the cars – between two thirds and three quarters – are registered on the spot. That means you don’t have to worry about meeting a certain deadline. If you bring your car to the show and have $15, you can enter it into the show (assuming it meets the standards – they probably don’t want my 2002 Maxima or your 2008 Civic, no offense). You can find a registration form at concordkiwanis.org/Page/15402, which must be printed and mailed, along with the registration fee, to the Kiwanis Club of Concord. Depending on when you read this, there may not be enough time for the mail to reach the club, so your best bet would be to just show up with money in hand and register on the spot. The gates will open at 8 a.m.
For spectators, just $3 gets you in, and kids under 12 get in free. Apart from all the cars, there will also be a food trailer serving coffee, donuts, hot dogs, burgers and soft drinks. Various venders will be on site with displays set up, and you can also get in on a 50/50 raffle, which you’re eligible to win even if you’re not there when the winner is drawn. While this will be a family-friendly event, that is limited to human family members – leave the pets at home for this one. You’d hate for it to be your dog that uses a 1966 convertible Corvette in showroom condition as a fire hydrant.
The rain date for the car show will be Sunday. For more information, call Chris Pappas at 224-1504 or Mike Vlahos at 545-6040, or go to concordkiwanis.org.