Cruise ’97 motoring to town 7th annual Truckee Optimist car show July 11-13 |

Cruise ’97 motoring to town 7th annual Truckee Optimist car show July 11-13

One of Truckee’s most popular summer events -the Cannibal Cruise Cruise Car Show – revs up its engines and powers into Truckee next weekend.

As in past years, the cruise’s theme this summer is a 1950s and ’60s car show, but even those without a pre-1969 American car are invited to join the festivities. Car buffs will travel from across the state and across the country to participate in the seventh annual Truckee car show July 11-13 at Truckee River Regional Park.

The Truckee Optimist Club uses proceeds from the event to benefit community youth programs, and the three-day event has generated as much as $28,000 in the past.

“The Optimists donate $55,000 a year to community youth projects,” Optimist Organizing Committee Chairman Steve Maitland said.

Optimists, however, are not the only group responsible for raising funds for youth programs. This year, in addition to the Optimists, more than 140 businesses have come together to help produce the annual event. And Maitland said several of the youth groups volunteer time at the event.

Car show registration

Entrants will have two opportunities to register vehicles in the show: Friday, July 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. Maitland said the show

typically draws around 300 entries each year.

There is a $75 entry fee for cars, but spectators get to watch the festivities for free. Last year some 15,000 people showed up to watch.

Schedule of events

Cannibal Cruise kicks off Friday, July 11, with a concert at the regional park amphitheater when Johnny Slick and the Cheaters take to the stage. Gates for the rock and roll revival open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12.50 at the gate; kids under 11 will be admitted free. Tickets are available at SierraWest Bank and Boice Countryside, Realtors.

Maitland encourages people not to bring their own food to the concert as youth groups will be serving food at the event as a fund-raiser. He recommended, however, bringing blankets or lawn chairs.

Saturday’s slate of events kicks off bright and early with a pancake breakfast hosted by the High Sierra Senior Center at 7 a.m. A craft and nostalgia fair complete with food, games and entertainment starts at 8 a.m. as vendors open their doors for business.

The car show, called Show ‘n’ Shine, runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, and judges will rate the vehicles from noon until 3 p.m.

From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday night the cruise offers a steak and chicken barbecue. For $8, spectators can enjoy a traditional barbecue with all the trimmings, Maitland said.

Cannibal Cruisers take to the streets of Truckee from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Participants cruise a route from Tahoe-Truckee High School, through downtown and back to regional park.

Saturday’s events culminate with a sock hop featuring the rock and roll tunes of Papa Clutch and the Shifters from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Admission to the sock hop costs $5, and kids 18 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

On Sunday, July 13, High Sierra Seniors are hosting another pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. There is also a poker run slated from 8 a.m. until noon, “which you don’t have to have a classic car in order to participate in,” Maitland said,

“The poker run has five stops and at each stop the player’s card is marked and at the end the best hand wins,” he said. The cost of the 50- 60-mile run is $5.

Also scheduled Sunday is the parade of winners from 1 to 3 p.m. The ceremony includes a cruise of the winners and the drawing for the grand prize – a 1960 Corvette 327 estimated at $25,000.

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