Car clubs revved up for first Saturday night show

The Anoka Classic Car show is ready to roll back into downtown Anoka for another summer season.

The show will kick off the 2013 schedule Saturday, May 11. Shows run from 5 p.m. to dusk.

The Anoka Classic Car show is geared up to start for the summer on Saturday, May 11. File photo
The Anoka Classic Car show is geared up to start for the summer on Saturday, May 11. File photo

Still trying to shake this long winter off, classic car owners are among the many itching to get out and enjoy their favorite summer activities.

“I’m ready,” said organizer Brad Holmbo.

He and his wife Deb are in their third year of leading the show, on behalf of the Anoka Wrestling Club. The couple were recognized as the youth service award winners by Anoka Halloween for 2012.

The wresting club took hosting the car show on as a fund-raiser, to help pay for sports equipment and development. The club also donated $3,000 back to the city of Anoka from the 2012 season’s proceeds going to Youth First, Alexandra House and Meals on Wheels.

With room for 550 classic cars, made in 1980 or older, the show typically averages about 350 every Saturday night, said Holmbo.

There could be more than $15 million in classic cars on display in downtown Anoka.

“These cars are some people’s cabins,” said Holmbo about their value.

One on display last summer had a $25,000 paint job, he said.

In addition to the classic car owners, another 2,000 to 3,000 spectators can usually be found checking out the show.

There is no charge to be a spectator, while car show participants pay $3 at the gate. Fees for Anoka residents are waived.

“So it’s really good for Anoka, especially the restaurants and bars downtown,” said Holmbo.

Also on site will be eight food and two merchandise vendors.

Last season the car show coped with the reconstruction of East Main Street all summer long.

Holmbo said that they still had a good summer, but they are looking forward to getting back to business as usual and keeping the entrance gate for the classic cars at Fourth Avenue and Van Buren Street.

But the show might have to work around the crane on Third Avenue needed for roof work at the Anoka County Government Center, at least for the first show or two.

The Anoka Classic Car Show has 17 Saturday shows scheduled this summer. There will be a grand finale show at the Anoka County Fairgrounds Saturday, Sept. 21. There will be no shows on May 25 (Memorial Day weekend), June 22 (Back to the ‘50s weekend) and July 13 (Anoka Riverfest and Craft Fair).

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]