Keith’s Classics and Chrome Car Show April 17-18

A 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster, owned by Wes Johnson of Rockford. The car has been featured in Rod and Custom magazine and Street Rodder magazine. Photo provided

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

This weekend (Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18) marks the return of the area’s premier auto show. The Classics and Chrome Car Show, a benefit fund-raiser for Keith Country Day School, is more than just the largest indoor auto show in northern Illinois—it’s a weekend-long celebration for car enthusiasts.

The two-day show will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 17, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 18. Admission is $6, and children younger than 10 are admitted free. The show is at the Indoor Sports Center at 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, Ill.

Classics and Chrome 2010 will showcase more than 120 unique vehicles that span more than 100 years. Pre- and post-war classics, sports cars, muscle cars, hot-rod and custom cars, exotic and racecars, specialty cars and motorcycles are all expected to be part of the show’s inventory.

A 1984 Ferrari 308 QV, owned by Greg Hinterlong of Loves Park, Ill. This car was built as a Eurospel model. It was originally intended to be a European car, so the mechanics as well as the cosmetics are much different from those required in the U.S. fewer than 100 are in the U.S. Photo provided

Although the huge variety of shiny vehicles is the main attraction, the Classics and Chrome raffle is one of the show’s most popular features. Attendees can buy raffle tickets for $100 each, or they can buy five tickets and get their sixth one free.

The grand prize of the raffle is $35,000. Other prizes include: Second prize, $2,500 Clodius & Co. jewelry set; third prize, $1,000 in Mobil gas cards; fourth prize, 25 large pizzas from Papa John’s and a Pepsi vending machine.

For those unable to attend the show, raffle tickets can also be purchased by calling Keith Country Day School at (815) 399-8823.

From the April 14-20, 2010 issue

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