Riding in Style

Second annual show to feature
cars, trucks, motorcycles

Madison couple helped save
CAM club’s show from extinction

By Tess Worrell
Contributing Writer

(May 2012) – Jack O’Brien knows his time is limited. As Memorial Day edges ever closer, he looks at the growing list of touches to put on his 1963 Ford Galaxy – his entry for the Madison Regatta Riverfront II Car Show. A crack in the gasket, new heads, new cams, adjust the exhaust – he shakes his head. Somehow he will get the complete rebuild done.
“Last year we didn’t think the show would go, so we didn’t prepare anything. Then, the show came together at the last minute and I just threw an entry together.”
Evidently, O’Brien “throws together” pretty well – he won a trophy. “Because last year’s show ended up being so great, I really want to work on entries for this year. I’ll probably take two or three cars. My buddies are all doing the same. We can’t wait.”

Car Show

Photo provided

The Madison Regatta Riverfront II
Car Show attracts dozens of
participants each year.

The Madison Regatta Riverfront II Car Show takes place Saturday, May 26, from 8 a.m. until the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. The public is welcome all day. The main gate for the show is Broadway and vehicles line Vaughn Drive from Elm to West streets.
Car lovers eagerly anticipate the Regatta Car Show, which showcases cars, trucks and motorcycles from antique to modern, fancy to streamlined. Formerly the Cam Car River Run Car Show, Ken and Kim Washer stepped in last year to keep the car show running after organizers opted to discontinue the show.
Car lovers themselves, the Washers transformed the annual Memorial weekend car show into the kick-off event for Madison Regatta festivities.
In 2011 the show attracted 240 different entries from Mustangs sporting the latest tires to antique cars showing off styles of the past to motorcycles featuring the most robust engines. At this year’s show, sponsored by Morgan Nay Funeral Home and Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp., the Washers anticipate close to 300 entries from all over Indiana and Kentucky. Kim said she can’t wait to see “how far people come to participate. We have such a great turn-out and so much enthusiasm for the show – we want everyone to be part of it.”
Judges rank each entry for interior, exterior, engine, trunk, tires, cleanliness and detailing. The top 100 vehicles receive special mention. Further, entries compete for 35 trophies offered by local businesses for everything from most detailing to the entry that traveled the farthest. Anyone with a car, truck, or motorcycle can enter. Past entries included vehicles from 1932 to present day. Prizes don’t go only to the entry owners. Every hour some lucky attendee will receive a prize from local businesses.
While strolling the riverfront, visitors can compare notes on their favorite entries over a burger or pork loin from the many food vendors serving the car show. Tim Torrance will play oldies rock music to backdrop the event. In addition to eyeing the favorite features of others’ cars, visitors can do a little car shopping of their own. Local car dealers will display their newest models along Broadway.
“People should come out,” says O’Brien. “I look forward each year to seeing people I don’t see anywhere else. Most shows charge a fee to the public, but the Madison show is free. People who come get to see great cars.”
To enter, owners can visit www.MadisonRegatta .com and click the link to the car show. On-line registration is $15. Or register on-site from 8 a.m. to noon the day of the show for $20.

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