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.