Napanee Car Show coming to Fairgrounds July 22-24

Classic cars of all makes and models will be on display at the Napanee Fairgrounds July 22-24. Submitted photo.

Adam Prudhomme

Classic cars, 50s style pin-up girls and a pit crew challenge will all be found at the Fairgrounds July 22-24 during the first ever Napanee Car Show and Flea Market.

The fun kicks off the evening of July 22 from 6 p.m. to dusk with a free screening of an Eagles concert from their stop in Melbourne, Australia. Cars will pre-register on the Friday as well set up for the weekend.

“Saturday and Sunday the admission is $5 and that all goes to Ride for Dad,” explains event organizer Bill Wilkinson, noting the proceeds go to help fight prostate cancer. “We have a little over 70 (cars) pre-registered so far. We’re hoping to get 200.”

The grounds open to the public on July 23 starting at 10 a.m. Among the guests on Saturday will be Da-Bomb Girls-models dressed in the 50s pin-up style-featuring Miss Stella Bella, Farrah-Moan and Miss Teresa Hellcat.

From 10 a.m. to noon will be the pit crew challenge, which will see teams of four attempt a mechanical challenge. One person will jack a car high enough to remove the wheel and remove the jack after both wheels are secured. The second will pour ‘gas’ (actually water) into a tank at the same time the car is being lifted, trying not to spill any and then climb through the window of the car as quickly as possible. The third will be tasked with changing the tires, removing five lug nuts from a front and rear tire using a four-way wrench. They’ll then have to tighten the lug nuts on a front and rear tire, making sure not to strip or over tighten. The fourth member of the team will replace front and rear lug nuts. The three members working outside the car will then push the car about 20 feet to the finish line to stop the clock.

To register a team email with names and a contact number.

Following the challenge will be a parade of classic cars.

“Our big one right now is the group (of cars built) from the 1950s-1980s,” said Wilkinson. “The next biggest one is 1980 and up and then it’d be pretty close but the one right around there would be the pre-50s.”

On Sunday there will be children’s activates such as face painting (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.), a magic show (11 a.m. to noon) and an activity tent from noon to 2 p.m.

At 1 p.m. will be an awards ceremony for the judge’s choices of the participating cars.

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