Laurie Car Show Gets Ready to Shift into High Gear
The West Lake Street Machine Fall Follies car show and cruise event will be Sept. 12-13 at the Laurie Fairgrounds.
"It's a benefit car show for the Laurie/Sunrise beach rotary club," said event organizer Mike Faulconer. "It's the fifth year we've done it. It's a fundraiser we do for the Westlake Aquatic Center."
The two day event will feature any sort of automobile owners wish to show — both for the land and for the water.
"Last year, we had 234 cars, trucks, drag boats and motorcycles, so there was a various mix," Faulconer said.
This year, Faulconer said he expects more than just automobile and boat owners to turn out.
"There are parts dealers that are going to be there," he said.
What to do
Faulconer said there are many events planned that are for both children and adults.
"We will be having the water wheel going on in the fairground, so we're going to have duck races," he said.
At noon on Sunday, Faulconer said the event organizers are going to hold a charity contest were they will blow out a four-cylinder engine.
"Once (the engine) starts, we'll start a stop watch, the person who guesses the time closest to when it will go wins," he said.
The cost is $5 per guess, with the winner to receive half of the total money the contest earns.
"It's like a 50:50 pot," Faulconer said. "The amount depends on how much is donated."
The blow out, Faulconer said, is one of the most looked forward to parts of the show. The only difference from past years is the downsizing of the engine, which was usually eight cylinders.
"Everybody is pretty excited about (the blow out)," he said. "I think this year, the engine will actually be in the car, a little four-cylinder Mitsubishi engine."
There will also be non-car related activities for visitors.
Because the proceeds will go toward the aquatic center, Faulconer said the center will be open.
"It's open to the public, they can look around or go swimming," he said.
There will also be food and drinks.
"We'll have a beer garden set up," Faulconer said.
Those who love cars, however, will have plenty to look at.
"There will be a pinstriper there, so if anyone wants to get some work done, they can see about having it done there," Faulconer said.
On Saturday, in addition to live music from band, Complimentary Nuts, at 4:30 p.m., Faulconer said they have organized a cruise through Laurie along Route 5.
"We will organize a cruise through Laurie with a police escort," Faulconer said. "We're going to do that as soon as the band is done, which will probably be around 7:30 p.m."
A fireworks display courtesy of Bear Bottom Resort will end the first night.
"You'll be able to see them from all over Highway 5," Faulconer said.
The idea for the show came from Faulconer and a friend who were looking for a way to raise money for the area rotary.
"A friend of mine and I were sitting around waiting for a cruise that we got to an hour early, and we were just thinking about it, and we thought, 'what a great place to do that,'" Faulconer, who is a Rotary member, said. "We just went from there."
Registration is $25 before the show, and those registrants get a free T-shirt with that. On the day of the show, registration is $30.
There's a $200 prize that goes to the club that has the most cars registered, Faulconer said.
"We're hoping to get over 250, course with the economy, we don't know how that's going to go," Faulconer said.
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WHAT West Lake Street Machine Fall Follies
WHEN Sept. 12-13, gates for show cars open at 7 a.m.; Spectator gates at 9 a.m. Saturday ‘til dusk, Sunday, following awards ceremony at 1 p.m.
WHERE Laurie Fairgrounds
INFO 573-374-9500, 280-5552