Cruise on down to Main Street car show May 25

Cruise on down to Main Street car show May 25 Scott Henderson, owner of Henderson's Exhaust Plus in Vermillion, is also a car buff. He drove one of his restored hot rods to Jolley Elementary School's Special Interest Day May 6. The public will get a chance to see his cars and those of many other car lovers in downtown Vermillion May 25. By David Lias Remember drive-in mo-vies, and hot rods?

The Vermillion Jaycees will be recreating those nostalgic days by hosting a Vermillion Drive-in Cruiser Night, Wednesday, May 25, from 5 p.m. until dark in historic downtown Vermillion.

The Tri-State Drive-in Cruisers, a car club based in northwest Iowa, and the Weeknight Drive-in Cruisers of Yankton will be participating, said Jody Harnois, president of the Vermillion Jaycees.

�We find ourselves on both of their schedules for the same night, which is pretty cool,� he said. �We�re pretty excited about that. We think we�re going to have a pretty good turnout of cars.�

If the weather cooperates, as many as 100 cars may line Main Street, including the 2004 Good Times magazine Street Rod of the Year, valued at approximately $500,000.

Scott Henderson of Vermillion will bring three of his cars to the event, Harnois added. Each have been featured in national hot rod magazines.

�He�s got quite a collection,� he said. �What�s interesting about all of the cars is the story behind them, and the people behind the cars.�

The May 25 event isn�t limited to just the two drive-in cruiser clubs. Anyone who has a classic or custom car, truck or motorcycle is welcome to participate.

�I encourage anyone who has a car to bring it downtown,� Harnois said. �This is not a judged event. This is for car enthusiasts who are meeting to talk about their cars and show off their cars a little bit.�

It�s also for men, women and kids who enjoy viewing the fine craftsmanship of car restorers.

�There are some cars that will just blow your socks off,� Harnois said. �You�ll see some cars that people have devoted heart and soul to restoring.�

Car owners and visitors to the cruiser night also may take part in a free poker walk among Vermillion�s downtown businesses.

�The winner of that competition wins a professional photo shoot from Aaron Packard,� Harnois said.

Another prize offered that night will be a free night�s stay at the Buffalo Run Resort.

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