LIMA — Get your motor running and head to the Allen County Fairgrounds, where the annual Rebel Run Rod and Custom Nationals car show opens today.
“We’re hoping for 2,500 entrants this year,” said LeRoy Roby, promoter of the event, now in its 13th year in Allen County.
The show features cars as old as 1910, and as new as 2010.
“People enjoy these cars for lots of reasons. Sometimes they like remembering when they were young and the cars they drove. Sometimes they’ve always wanted an older car but just couldn’t afford it. There are lots of reasons people enjoy the cars,” Roby said.
New this year will be a “Back to the Future” event for the newer muscle cars.
“We’ve got new Camaros, Chargers, PT Cruisers, just about everything in that race,” Roby said.
And they will bring back the crowd-pleasing, “Golden Years Race Days” at 6 p.m. today and noon Saturday. “That’s with cars from 1919 to 1950. And the guys racing them, I think the youngest is 66 years old. Some are 90 years old. They race full-bore around that track, 80 to 90 miles an hour,” Roby said.
Roby has also planned for musical entertainment, drawings, a craft show, and family-friendly activities.
“The only thing I can’t plan is the weather. But I’ve had my request in for a sunny weekend for a long time now,” Roby said.