10th Annual Rods ‘n Rhodies Invitational Car Show & Cruise
September 8 @ 8:00 am - September 10 @ 5:00 pm
Florence will be in top gear and revved-up for the 10th Annual Invitational Rods ‘n Rhodies Car Show September 8-10.
The event, organized by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, showcases up to 125 of the best high-end hot rods and custom cruisers from 1976 and earlier from the west coast, along with food, a vendor fair, live and DJ music, show-and-shines, and a classic cruise.
“This year’s American Graffiti theme will supercharge the weekend from start to finish,” says the Chamber’s executive director Bettina Hannigan. “Rods valued in the range of $250,000 are regulars at this event and this year we have some famous special guest vehicles.”
“Three Rivers Casino Resort is joining our event as a major sponsor this year,” adds Hannigan. “They’ll sponsor the four American Graffiti tribute vehicles and the famous Copper Caddy featured on Velocity Channel’s program Bitchin’ Rides. The event starts Friday with registration and a show-and-shine at the casino where attendees can check out all these incredible rides and Best of Show winners from prior years, and visit with owners.”
Local food trucks will be on hand Friday night at Three Rivers Casino. The American Graffiti tribute cars and Copper Caddy will be on exhibit in the Three Rivers Casino Event center Friday Evening between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m..
Hannigan says that additional event sponsors this year, including Driftwood Shores, Les Schwab Tire, Oregon Pacific Bank, and ACR Automotive, have made significant contributions to expand the weekend’s offerings.
The show-and-shine moves to Historic Old Town for Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Russ Strohmeyer, a popular DJ on classic car circuit, will perform on Bay Street with period music Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. On Saturday, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., the official car cruise will wind its way through Old Town to the sounds of ’50s and ’60s music, and the roar-and-rumble of dozens of classic rides. Saturday night also features a screening of American Graffiti at City Lights Cinemas with a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m., a 50’s and 60’s costume contest. The movie starts 6:00 p.m.
A ceremony to announce merchant awards and best-in-show award for the vehicles starts at noon on Sunday. The best-in-show winner will be featured on the 2018 Rods ’n Rhodies poster. This year the Chamber will also bestow a People’s Choice award from the popular vote of attendees. Ballots will be available at the registration table at in Old Town.
Raffle tickets will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and prizes will be awarded every half hour. Ticket holders must be present to win. Attendees can also register for the annual Poker Walk on Saturday and Sunday. Participants pick up cards at participating merchants in Old Town and try to assemble the best poker hand to win prizes from local merchants.
“Rods ’N Rhodies also brings the annual Community-wide Garage Sale to Florence,” adds Hannigan. “Visitors can pick up a handy guide published by The Siuslaw News and cruise the bargain trail to see dozens of commercial and private sales all over town from Friday through Sunday.”
For more information about Rods ’N Rhodies and the Community-wide Garage Sale, visit FlorenceChamber.com, call 541-997-3128, or e-mail @..
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