Riding in Style
annual show to feature
cars, trucks, motorcycles
couple helped save
CAM clubs show from extinction
(May 2012) Jack OBrien 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 didnt think the show would go, so we didnt
prepare anything. Then, the show came together at the last minute and
I just threw an entry together.
Evidently, OBrien throws together pretty well he
won a trophy. Because last years show ended up being so
great, I really want to work on entries for this year. Ill probably
take two or three cars. My buddies are all doing the same. We cant
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 years 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 cant 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 dont go only to the
entry owners. Every hour some lucky attendee will receive a prize from
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 OBrien. I look
forward each year to seeing people I dont 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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