Nature will take a backseat to manmade steel and muscle Aug. 9 as Cool Creek Park, 2000 E. 151st St., Westfield, will host the 2014 Collision Cure Vintage Vehicle Expo.
Don Nicholls, Hamilton County Parks & Recreation resource development specialist, said the event was moved up a week from past years at the request of participants.
“There are a couple of shows on this weekend so we moved it up a week,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it.”
The car show began as “Jukebox Saturday” but changed four years ago.
“We were approached by Collision Care in Westfield to draw attention to their new facility at 17549 Gunther Blvd. It helps both organizations,” Nicholls said.
The event has two stages. From 9 a.m. to noon, all preregistered cars will meet at Collision Care to sign in and receive gift bags and T-shirts. Car owners and the public also are invited for a free pancake breakfast and to enjoy the tethered hot air balloon, Andretti Green display racecar and other entertainment.
“We fully use their parking lot. It’s pretty cool,” Nicholls said.
At noon, entrants will be escorted to Cool Creek Park by police officers for more good times, prizes, entertainment and of course – judging of vehicles. Nicholls said the park activities include live music from Cold Fusion, automotive vendors, food vendors, bounce house, games and activities for children and door prizes will be dispensed throughout the day.
Nicholls said the event brings vehicles from fire trucks to muscle cars.
“I’m amazed at the number of military collectors that come out with their jeeps. They get dressed up in period pieces. It can be very educational,” he said. “We also have an avid fire truck following here every year and unique one of a kind vehicles.”
The Vintage Vehicle Expo has 17 categories for judging.
“There are a wide range of prizes. A lot of guys take it very seriously,” Nicholls said, adding that everyone is welcome to attend even if it is to show up a non-vintage vehicle they are proud of. “A lot of places would exclude a ’96 Camero but this is all about fun. We invite everyone to join us.”
Vehicles can be registered up to the day of the event and there is no charge to participate or attend. For more information, visit www.myhamiltoncountyparks.com or call 770-4404.
Volunteers are needed to assist Hamilton County Parks and Recreation in staging the special event full of wheel fun on Aug. 9. Those interested in volunteering may call 774-2509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.