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Old Timers Car Club to host benefit show July 16

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By Bryan Marshall

The Old Timers Car Club will be giving back to the community while showing off some classic cars.

The Grant County club’s 20th annual Car/Truck and Motorcycle Show will take place Saturday, July 16 at Noble’s Truck Stop in Corinth.

“These old cars, a lot of them, are crushed and there aren’t as many of them as there used to be,” said Edna Whaley, an Old Timers Car Club member, of Grant County. “These people take a lot of pride in restoring them and sometimes bringing them back to even better than new. They’re beautiful and it’s nice to talk to people and let them share their pride. It’s free entertainment for the whole family.”

More than 50 vehicles were entered in last year’s show, Whaley said.

The entry fee is $15 during the show’s registration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pre-registration is $12 and the show is free for attendees.

Awards will be given in multiple categories, including Best of Show in car, truck and motorcycle.

Based in Corinth, the club donated more than $3,500 last year to community organizations, including Mason-Corinth Elementary Family Resource Center, Sherman Elementary School and Family Resource Center, Spears Foundation Family Kitchen, Grant County Community Action Center, Dry Ridge Personal Care and Jonesville Nursing Home.

“We’re hoping to improve on that amount this year,” Whaley said. “It looks pretty good so far.”

The non-profit group raises the money through its annual car show and seven cruise-in events throughout the area.

Helping those less fortunate is important, especially in tough economic times, said Whaley, a retired school teacher.

“I see a lot of kids in the schools who don’t have what the other kids do,” she said. “We have given clothes sometimes. We give money to help with field trips for those who can’t afford the price. It’s part of the educational experience and a lot of kids in our county don’t far beyond our county at all.”

“The economy has been giving families some difficult times,” Whaley said. “We help the soup kitchen. We try to help the elderly in the nursing home.”

Local businesses donate money for the trophies given to car show participants.

The club also is always looking for new members, Whaley said.

“There are a lot of people in our county who have old cars,” she said. “If they can come out, then maybe we can make an even better impact on the community.”

For more information about the Old Timers Car Club or the annual car show, call Thomas O’Connell, club secretary, at 859-282-7107 or Charles Gamble, club president, at 513-504-8335 or go to www.oldtimerscarclub.com.

IF YOU GO: 20TH ANNUAL CAR/TRUCK SHOW
Sat., July 16
Noble’s Truck Stop, Corinth
Registration - 8 a.m.