July 21, 2011
LIMA — If you’ve had a love affair with cars since you were a kid or you want to show your kids some cool cars, come to The Lima News’ Real Wheels-Cruise In. Chances are you’ll fall in love all over again.The event is a traveling museum of sorts. Cars, trucks and motorcycles of all shapes and sizes will be lining the parking lot of Happy Daz and Rays Supermarkets on Cable Road. People of varying ages will walk the rows gazing at the lines of antique, vintage and hot-rod cars and trucks. More than 140 cars were parked here last year and Bill Clinger, marketing director of The Lima News, is expecting that many or more at this car show. The show is a prime opportunity for people to gather and trade ideas and stories with other car enthusiasts. If you own one, you want to show it off. The show allows the newspaper to feature these cars in our Friday Real Wheel’s feature, web site and Facebook.Bill Clinger owns a 1959 Olds Dynamic 88, so it’s no surprise that the man behind The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In initiates and directs the car show annually. Vintage and classic car show owners are unique. They have a passion for their car. “I am genuinely interested in seeing and looking at the old cars because these are cars when I was a kid. I can remember my family driving cars of the 50’s and 60’s,” Clinger said. “When I have a chance I take the ‘59 out of the garage and drive it to a show. Not necessarily to win anything, but it is just fun,” he added. The 10th annual Lima News Real Wheels Cruise-In will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., Sat., Aug. 13th. Onsite registration begins at 3:30 p.m. The pre-registration price is $10 including a t-shirt, or $7 without a t-shirt. Registration fee the day of the event is $10 without a t-shirt. The show is free for the viewing public.These vehicles will compete for cash and prizes in four categories: the Corvette division, the Mustang division and two open divisions. The public can also vote on a people’s choice award and the judges will award a best of show prize. In addition, door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.The car show is sponsored by The Lima News, Happy Daz, Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships, Superior Federal Credit Union and Rays Supermarkets. It has become a popular event for both the community and car aficionados.