Classic cars to invade downtown Durand June 17

• Advanced registrations must be postmarked by June 9

Online Staff Report

DURAND, Ill. — The Center Street square in downtown Durand, Ill., will be transformed into a parking lot of classic cars when the Stateline Classics Car Club hosts its 16th Annual Father’s Day Car Show, Sunday, June 17. Cars begin rolling into town at 8 a.m. for the day-long activities

Last year, the show drew 175 participants from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin and as far away as Indiana. Club President Glenn Matteson expects this year’s show to be even bigger and better. “We’re preparing for over 200 cars,” Matteson said.

We’ve added a few new thing this year”, Matteson added. “We’ll have crafters and other activities including ‘Drags by Dave,’ where youngsters will receive a Matchbox car and race them on a specially prepared track for trophies, all at no charge. There will also be the famous ‘muffler rapping’ contest, belt toss competition and new this year (weather-permitting) is a drag racing ‘Christmas Tree’ to test your reaction time.”

3D Sound from Dixon will again be providing favorite music from the past.

Nearly 50 cars have already pre-registered for the event. Advanced registrations must be postmarked by June 9, but will continue the day of the show from 8 a.m. until noon. Voting takes place from noon to 1 p.m. with trophy presentations at 3 p.m. The event is free to spectators.

This is a great opportunity to bring your children or grandchildren to view cars from the past up close and personal,” Matteson said. “And most participants are eager to talk to you about their vehicle. It’s just a good day of family entertainment.”

More than 60 trophies will be awarded, including a 5-foot-tall “Best of Show” award to the top car in the competition. Unique to the Durand show is the spectator voting. Spectators can vote for their favorite car from among those entered.

Proceeds from the show benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other local charities. In each of the past five years, the club has donated $1,000 to St. Jude, in addition to helping many local charities.

Posted June 6, 2012

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