Cairo car show offers return to normalcy


By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



Hundreds of people gathered in Cairo for the 696 Customs Car Show. It’s the first area car show of the season, thanks to numerous cancellations due to COVID-19.

Hundreds of people gathered in Cairo for the 696 Customs Car Show. It’s the first area car show of the season, thanks to numerous cancellations due to COVID-19.


Sam Shriver | The Lima News

Rick Davis, car show organizer, talks with Ray Kenney, of Lima, who brought his 1974 Dodge Charger SE to the car show Saturday in downtown Cairo.

Rick Davis, car show organizer, talks with Ray Kenney, of Lima, who brought his 1974 Dodge Charger SE to the car show Saturday in downtown Cairo.


Sam Shriver | The Lima News

Troy Miller, of Cairo, brought three cars to the car show Saturday, including a 1969 Mustang Mach 1.


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CAIRO — Car enthusiasts from all over the area descended on downtown Cairo on Saturday afternoon for a car show.

There haven’t been too many car shows since the COVID-19 pandemic began back in March, and many were still concerned, or not concerned at all, about catching the potentially deadly virus.

Ray Kenney, of Lima, drove his 1974 Dodge Charger SE to the show.

“Well, it’s good to have them back. It really is,” Kenney said. “We’ve been taking the right steps, and that’s why Ohio is one of four states that’s considered actually one of the safest four states in the union right now.”

Troy Miller, of Cairo, brought three cars to the show and wasn’t too concerned about catching COVID-19.

“It looks like people stay 6 feet apart, but it’s a nice day, there’s a nice breeze, and I don’t think there’s going to be any problems with stuff,” Miller said.

He was also excited to see fellow car enthusiasts out.

“You will see the same cars at different car shows, and, like I said, they haven’t been able to get them out. Most people probably spent the last three months polishing them up and cleaning them up,” Miller said.

Dan Kramer, of Delphos, brought his 1969 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door sedan to the show Saturday and was ready for things to get back to normal.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “I think people will watch and try to respect what needs to be done and not get overboard and carried away but still be out here and have a good time, and it’s about time. Normally we have probably six or eight (car shows), and this is the first one. I think it’s great that they stuck to their guns and went ahead and had the show and show the people we can still do this stuff.”

Rick Davis organized the annual car show. He owns 696 Customs.

He admits there was some thought of canceling this show due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everybody asked me if I was going to get stopped, and I said, ‘Well, I’m going to try it,” Davis said as the show was getting started Saturday. “We’ve been doing this every year. We’ve had 140 (cars) before. I don’t know what we’re up to now, probably, way over 100 and they’re still coming in.”

As for abiding by social distancing, Davis says it’s up to the individual.

“I’ve had people say, ‘Do I have to wear a mask?’ and I say, ‘You know, what you got to do is what you got to do.’ I do what I got to do, and if you’re comfortable wearing the mask, I’ve got nothing against it. You’re going to shake hands. I shake hands; that’s just the way I am and most people here, crazy car people, and they’re pretty cool people,” Davis said.

Hundreds of people gathered in Cairo for the 696 Customs Car Show. It’s the first area car show of the season, thanks to numerous cancellations due to COVID-19.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/06/web1_CarShow-1.jpgHundreds of people gathered in Cairo for the 696 Customs Car Show. It’s the first area car show of the season, thanks to numerous cancellations due to COVID-19. Sam Shriver | The Lima News
Rick Davis, car show organizer, talks with Ray Kenney, of Lima, who brought his 1974 Dodge Charger SE to the car show Saturday in downtown Cairo.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/06/web1_CarShow2.jpgRick Davis, car show organizer, talks with Ray Kenney, of Lima, who brought his 1974 Dodge Charger SE to the car show Saturday in downtown Cairo. Sam Shriver | The Lima News
Troy Miller, of Cairo, brought three cars to the car show Saturday, including a 1969 Mustang Mach 1.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/06/web1_CarShow-3.jpgTroy Miller, of Cairo, brought three cars to the car show Saturday, including a 1969 Mustang Mach 1. Sam Shriver | The Lima News

By Sam Shriver

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