Classic autos take center stage during annual Cannibal Cruise show |

Classic autos take center stage during annual Cannibal Cruise show

Classic car fans can expect to see a variety of restored and customized American cars as well as enjoy the events of the ninth annual Truckee Optimist Club’s Cannibal Cruise from July 9-11.

The theme is a 1950s and ’60s car show, attracting car buffs from across the state and nationwide to the event, which will be held at Truckee River Regional Park.

The Truckee Optimist Club uses proceeds from the event to benefit community youth programs. Approximately 140 other businesses help sponsor the event and several youth groups will volunteer their time at the event.

Car show registration times are Friday, July 9 from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. There is a $75 entry fee for cars, the event is free for spectators.

Cannibal Cruise kicks off Friday, July 9, when the Poker Walk begins at noon at Truckee Train and Toy downtown. In the evening, Johnny Slick and the Cheaters will take the stage at the regional park amphitheater. Gates for the rock ‘n’ roll revival open at 6 p.m.

Concert tickets cost $5 at the gate; kids under 11 will be let in free if accompanied by an adult.

Spectators should bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Saturday’s slate of events begins with a pancake breakfast hosted by the High Sierra Senior Center at 8 a.m. An all-day street fair complete with food, games and entertainment starts at 9 a.m. as vendors open their booths for business. Music will go on all day, with a performance by Back in Time.

The car show, called Show ‘n’ Shine, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and judging runs from noon to 3 p.m. From 4 to 7 p.m. the cruise offers a steak and chicken barbecue. Adult plates cost $8 and child plates cost $5.

Cannibal Cruisers take to the streets of Truckee from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Participants cruise from the regional park to the downtown roundabout and back.

A sock hop featuring the rock ‘n’ roll tunes of Papa Clutch and the Shifters will begin at 8 p.m. and go to midnight. Admission costs $5; children 18 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

On Sunday, July 11, High Sierra Seniors are hosting another pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. A poker run beginning at 8 a.m. is open for all drivers. Last car out in the Poker Run will depart at 10 a.m.

Also scheduled Sunday is the parade of winners at 1 p.m., followed at 3 p.m. by the drawing of the grand prize – a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible valued at approximately $30,000.

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