Blast from the Past
Car enthusiasts welcome July 28 traffic jam
Cars from the 1910s to the present day will cruise the streets of historic downtown Delaware next weekend.
The 19th annual Blast from the Past car, truck and motorcycle show and cruise-in will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28, along Sandusky Street in downtown Delaware.
Admission for spectators is free. Cost for vehicle registration is $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show. There are no requirements for registered vehicles.
Organizers expect 500 to 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors to be on display during the event. As a result, Sandusky Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 28.
The cars not only will be parked for people to gaze upon, but also will cruise up and down the street. The event attracts car enthusiasts from all over Ohio and has drawn participants from as far as Florida, organizers said.
Many local businesses have donated award sponsorships, door prizes, raffle items, cash and other items for the event.
There will be more than 100 awards given out at 6 p.m. during a ceremony at the R. W. Corns Building on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.
Raffle items include a $1,000 Jegs gift certificate, a $500 Buehler's gift card, $500 worth of tires from Precision Alignment and Tire, and a $300 Washington Auto Parts and Paint Carquest gift certificate.
Tickets for the raffles may be purchased during the day at the R. W. Corns Building.
Vendors with food, crafts and services will be in the parking lot of Edwards Gym at Sandusky and Wilmer streets on the OWU campus. Music and entertainment will be at various locations on Sandusky Street throughout the day.
The event is sponsored by the city of Delaware and the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, a family-oriented club with around 50 families.
Jim Clements, chairman of the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, said the event is a fundraiser for HomeReach Hospice of Delaware. The club has made the hospice the official beneficiary of its fundraising.
In 2011, the event raised $10,221 for HomeReach; to date, it's raised $178,807.
"We started by providing food for a family in 1993 whose mother was in hospice," Clements said. "It touched us very much, and since then, several of our members have used hospice and have seen the benefits it provides a family."
HomeReach uses funding to provide medication, equipment, art therapy and bereavement services to more than 3,500 terminally ill Delaware residents and their families.
Clements said the club believes the hospice, which has a social worker, a chaplain and a massage therapist on staff, is deserving of the funds.
He said first-timers to the event will be surprised at the size of the area blocked off for cars. Central Street all the way to Harrison Street and the Kroger parking lot will be completely full, he said.
"You have to be there this year, if you have never been," he said. "This event is full of cars."