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Vintage Car Club members share love of cars

The vintage Car Club of Alexandria hosts an annual car show and swap meet.

Vintage Car Club started simply enough. A couple of guys gathered out in the garage sharing stories and solving problems. Then a few more gathered at a kitchen table over a cup of coffee and decided that some organization was needed.

This small group of automobile enthusiasts wished to share their interest in vintage automobiles, as well as provide involvement for the whole family.

An official meeting of the Vintage Car Club was held for the first time on December 18, 1969 with 23 paying for their memberships. This past December we celebrated our 40th anniversary and had nine charter members and/or spouses in attendance.

The first few years just the men attended the monthly meetings. Since help was needed in increasing amounts, the wives became more involved. The women were included on the membership roster in 1978 and in March of 1979 the women were granted the privilege to vote.

The club has displayed members' cars for the enjoyment of everyone at various locations, and has participated in many parades and car shows. Fun activities throughout the year include a midwinter party, an annual car show, a progressive dinner, a three-day fall tour and our Christmas party.

The 23rd annual Vintage Car Club Car Show and Swap Meet will be held Sunday, June 26 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Participants in the car show enjoy the area where the show takes place, as it is grassy and there are plenty of trees to allow for ample shade.

Typically, the show boasts 125 to 175 vehicles. This year we are dedicating our show to two members who died in 2010. All El Caminos and 1954 and older stock trucks will be admitted free, as those are the kind of vehicles those members had. All vehicles entered in the show will receive a plaque with a photo of their car. The awards presentation will be at 2:30 p.m.

Besides the classic cars on display, there will be food and beverages for sale on site, and a swap meet with car-related items, models, replicas and hard to find parts. There is going to be a give-away for kids with the drawing being held at noon. The prize for kids ages 6 to 12 years is a bike and a pedal car is the prize for kids 5 years and younger.

One thing to note is that the car show will go on rain or shine - however, sunshine is preferred. Proceeds from the Car Show and Swap Meet will be used to put on the car show in 2012, and to fund the various activities the club participates in throughout the year. We also give back to the community by donating to various charities.

The Vintage Car Club now has more than 130 member families. Our meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. usually at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 6th and Nokomis, Alexandria.

To learn more about the club or to join the club, call Don Kingston, president, at (320) 846-3637.