Car show will feature cool cars, rocking tunes in Greenville


By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 11:59 am on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The annual Greenville Car Show is returning to the downtown area for Saturday’s evening event. File photo

GREENVILLE — Car enthusiasts will rev up their engines and park in downtown Greenville from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The evening is expected to attract spectators to come see individuals showing off their cool automobiles, while the tunes are cranked as the Greenville Car Show gets under way, according to Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Co-Executive Director Gae Donovan-Wolfe.

“Downtown Lafayette will be closed for the duration of the event,” Donovan-Wolfe said.

The car show moves around each year; however, by coming back to the downtown area, local businesses will receive some pedestrian traffic.

“Moving the event back downtown is a way to spread the wealth around for the area businesses,” Donovan-Wolfe said. “Having the show back in the downtown area has received a lot of positive feedback. You have that old car feel in the historic downtown district of Greenville.”

Greenville resident and car show committee member Bob Outman expects a good turnout for the show downtown instead of being out west of town in the parking lot near Applebee’s.

“The show works well for downtown,” he said. “We got some good comments for having the show downtown and in the afternoon we get shade instead of being in a hot parking lot.”

There is no pre-registration for the car show. The last time the show was downtown there were 200 cars participating in the event.

Donovan-Wolfe hopes there will be as many if not more this year, and to help that along, the Chamber of Commerce is offering some incentives when registration opens.

“The first 200 entries get a goody bag and the first 100 entries get dash plaques,” Donovan-Wolfe said.
Committee members are hoping for plenty of sunshine so they can have plenty of cars for people to see.

“If the weather cooperates and remains nice out we should have 200 cars downtown,” Outman said.

There will be antique cars, muscle cars and much more to see this year. Outman prefers antique cars and will have his Ford Model A at the show, but he likes to see what others have been working on too.

“I have a couple of Model As,” Outman said. “It is always fun (at the show) you can see classic muscle cars and some unusual cars that guys have fixed up too.”

The cost of the show is offset by the registration; however, to get the marketing started it takes some other sources to help move the process along.

“Our sponsors are a big help for the car show,” Donovan-Wolfe said. “Sponsorship helps pay for the marketing of the event.”

A new feature at the car show will be a stage set up at the corner of Lafayette and Grove streets.

“This year we are adding live bands to the car show,” Donovan-Wolfe said. “Also WGLM will be doing a live feed during the show, that way the car show participants can turn on their radios and listen to what is going on during the show. It eliminates the issue of not having a sound system downtown.”

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