Classic cars for fun – and charity

It won’t solely be teenagers cruising Main Street this weekend; car aficionados from around the Western United States are in town to show off their fancy vintage vehicles at the 25th annual April Action Moab Car Show.

Like every year, a throng of spectators will line Main Street, setting up lawn chairs and opening tailgates to watch the classic restored cars and trucks drive through town on the evenings of Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29.

At least 400 cars from around the region will be on display Saturday at Swanny City Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The oldest car expected is a 1916 Ford Model T. Event director John Fogg will be entering his own 1969 Shelby GT500 in the show.

Fogg is one of the original “Moab Rod Benders,” a local car club formed in 1991. The group organized a car show the following year with 200 participating cars. The show has grown every year since.

“Every year it gets a little bigger,” Fogg said. “The maximum (for space) is 500 – we’re close to that.”

At past shows, Moab resident Joe Kingsley said he has seen everything from a large steam-engine pickup to “concept” cars from General Motors “so people can see what a car of the future could look like from GM.”

“People who come on a regular basis reconnect with friends from years’ past and talk about their cars – it’s part of the fun,” Kingsley said.

Adding to Saturday’s festivities, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., will be live music by Kitty and the Cruisers, who will perform classic rock ‘n’ roll music, including songs from the 1950s and 1960s. People are invited to come dressed in their favorite “sock hop” apparel for the costume and dance contest.

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