Fords Unlimited Car Club

The Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Auto Club of St Louis, Missouri

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Show Time!

Well it’s show time. The graphic to the right is pure plagiarism but is also true. Our August 7th, 35th almost annual car show is upon us and we cannot do it without your help. Everyone is needed from members, spouses, friends and older kids. It takes an army to pull this off. Please consider helping even if you cannot arrive first thing in the morning.

We will have our “check off” meeting on Wednesday, August 3rd. This is the night that we make sure that we have everything that we need for our car show. All are welcome if you want to come and see how we set up our car show. We will meet at McDonnell Park at 7pm, rain or shine.

We will have a pre-show BBQ on Saturday, August 6th at 5 pm at McDonnell Park at the upper pavilion. That evening, we will pre-register our vehicles, set assignments where possible and just h a v e some fun. Please note that you must be classified by Paula Goodrich when you pre-register. The same rules hold for members as for participants. The club will supply the burgers, hot dogs, buns and tableware, but you must bring your own drinks. If you would like to bring a side dish or dessert, it would be appreciated. We will have a preshow pool to guess the exact number of registered vehicles in the show to benefit our charities. Winner gets half the pot. If no winner, all the cash will go to our charity fund. The pool will close Saturday night. This night will be rain or shine. Come join us for this pre-show celebration.

Fords Unlimited needs you

If possible, we will need our workers arrive at the park at 7am on Sunday. That will give us 90 minutes to set up and it will be a very busy time. Some cars arrive early so we must have everything in place as soon as possible. After we have finished classifying, registering and parking the cars, we need our members to help with the concessions, the 50-50 sales and ballot counting. Many hands at ballot counting makes things go faster. We especially need concession workers. This is a very profitable part of our show and we need all of the help that we can get. Spouses and other teen and adult family members are encouraged and welcomed. See Jaclyn Kreder to help.

Note that anyone selling 50-50 tickets or counting ticket money will NOT be allowed to purchase tickets. If you are selling tickets and want to purchase some, please have a friend or relative do that for you. It just looks bad otherwise. Other members not involved with selling tickets may participate. The 50-50 will profit our charity fund.

This year we will again have a silent auction that will benefit The BackStoppers. Members will not be eligible for attendance prizes or the grand attendance prize. We will again this year have two different ballots. Vehicles that are registered in the Ford/Fairlane classes will receive a ballot for those classes only. The Muscle Mustangs will have a separate ballot for their classes only. This is done to address the ongoing complaint that there is too much area to cover to vote for all the classes, especially on a hot day. It seemed to work well in the past and we have had few complaints.

A special note to those parking cars. It can get very busy at classification and registration and sometimes cars are put into the wrong class. Please check each car as it comes into your area to see if it is properly classified. If you see a mistake, please notify John Walling ASAP. Also, some entries will try to change their window card or registration form so please check into anything that does not look correct. (yes, it happened before).

At the close of the show, all show items need to be packed and taken off and we will need to do a sweep of the grounds to police up all of the trash. Most importantly is that we need help to load up the truck and take our show items back to the storage facility. Last year, everyone left before this was done leaving just a few members to accomplish this. It’s not a big job if we have enough help.

We will again have car show shirts this year. An example is on page 7 of this newsletter. The cost will be $15 per shirt for the normal sizes and xx large adds $1 and anything above that is another $1. There will be a limited order of shirts and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have some “STAFF” shirts for the classification and car parking workers. These will be loaned out, then collected for reuse next year.

If you are a new member or one who has not worked our show before, we could sure use your help. If you would like to help, just ask for Mike Lechwar or any committee member who will find something for you to do.