Classic cars are typically split into two eras – pre-WWII and post WWII – and this year’s 17th annual C.A.R.S. Club Car Show will have double the usual number of featured cars to represent iconic vehicles from both periods.
Jason Peters, senior, McPherson, Kan., is secretary for C.A.R.S. Club this year and is the primary organizer of the student-run show. Peters said that among the featured cars will be a 1908 Haynes Apperson, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sedan, a 1953 Manta Ray, and a 1956 Continental Mark II.
Peters said as they began to secure feature cars, a clear pattern emerged.
“It became apparent that not only were the feature cars falling into a couple of distinct eras,” he said, “but that America has always produced very luxurious and special automobiles, even from the very beginning. We feel very fortunate to be displaying some of the finest representations of these beautiful automobiles.”
The show has been moved up from its usual weekend on the first Saturday of May. The show will be held to April 29 to May 1 instead so that students won’t have to put on the show immediately before finals week.
In addition to the primary car show on Saturday, April 30, the weekend will again include a cruise-in on Friday night and a swapmeet on Sunday – successful additions to the show that were new last year.
Visit www.mcpherson.edu/autorestoration/cars to learn more about the show and to register a vehicle. The registration fee to enter a vehicle in one of the many show categories is $20, but the event is free for the public to attend. The public is encouraged to come and view the approximately 250 vehicles expected to be on display on the McPherson College campus.
17th Annual C.A.R.S. Club Car Show at McPherson College
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., April 30
Pre-WWII: 1904 Haynes Apperson, 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sedan, 1931 Auburn Cabriolet Coupe, 1940 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood
Post-WWII: 1947 Chrysler Town & Country Woody Convertible, 1953 Manta Ray, 1956 Continental Mark II, 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible