By JIM MAURER
If you have a car, truck or motorcycle you are proud of and want to show it off, today is the day.
“Classic Memories IX,” the annual car show hosted by the Flag City Classics club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Owens Community College, 3200 Bright Road, at the intersection of Hancock County 95 and 99.
Admission is free to the public.
Owners who want to enter vehicles in the show can register from 9 a.m. to noon for $15 per vehicle. About 100 vehicles are already registered, said Larry Lovell, club president, and a total of about 350 vehicles are expected.
Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. and individuals must be present to win.
The open show is sponsored by the car club, the college, McDonald’s of Findlay, and various others. It features all makes, models and years of cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Vehicles from Model A and Model T Fords from the early 1900s to new vehicles will be shown, Lovell said. About 5,000 to 6,000 spectators typically stroll through the rows of vehicles, talking with owners and enjoying the day.
In conjunction with the show, the Fairlane Club of America will hold a regional event for the fifth year.
“Classic Memories” is the largest vehicle show in Findlay each year, and weather conditions today are expected to be 80 degrees and sunny, according to WTOL forecasters.
The free family event also will offer games, music and food. There will be vendors, door prizes and exhibits, too.
Five area charities benefit from the proceeds generated by the one-day event: Hope House, Christian Clearing House, Chopin Hall, City Mission, and Bridge Home Health and Hospice. In 2013, the club donated $18,000 to the five charities, or $3,600 each, and $500 to the college’s scholarship fund.
Lovell said the club expects proceeds after expenses of $18,000 to $20,000 this year with the same beneficiaries.
Each charity will have an information booth where representatives will be available to discuss their operations.
“Classic Memories” and its predecessor, the former downtown “Cruise Night” event, have raised nearly $250,000 during more than 30 years. The club was formed in 1979, according to its website.
While previous car shows included a “cruise” by vehicles through city streets, that is no longer part of the activities, Lovell said.
No alcohol will be permitted on the college grounds.
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