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Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-in

Fundraiser driven by 1,200 vintage vehicles

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About 5,000 people are expected to pack Dublin's Metro Center to ogle classic chrome.

The Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-in will bring about 1,200 vehicles July 11-12 to Metro Center, off Frantz Road in Dublin.

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the Arthritis Foundation's biggest fundraiser cash-wise, but the annual summer auto show draws the most people, said Stephanie Perry, auto show director.

"The event is largest in the number of participants and it's two days," she said. "At this event, our goal is to raise $209,000, and we are going to achieve it. We're on the cusp right now."

The event gets moving Thursday, July 10, with the Rolling Legends Tour, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour takes participants on a scenic drive to Mershon's World of Cars in Springfield.

"Each year we go to a new location, that way people will be excited to join," Perry said, adding that about 75 people participated last year.

The auto show kicks off July 11 with the cruise-in from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., when classic cars of all kinds compete for one of 100 6-foot trophies.

Previous cruise-in winners include a 1933 Ford Speedster, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1969 Mustang Mach 1, 1932 Buick Sport Phaeton and a 1950 Studebaker Champion.

As event organizer, Perry has seen some rare cars roll into Metro Center.

"Two years ago we had a Bugatti, and this year we have a Futurliner coming," she said. "The Futurliner is a concept car that GM built in the 1930s. There were only 12 ever built and nine that survived. It's GM's concept car from the '30s; their idea about where the automobile can go."

Cruise-in cars will also compete for the Arthritis Foundation award, which will be distributed by youth judges.

"The event is 100 percent a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation," Perry said.

"We plan it and put it on, and one way to keep the Arthritis Foundation mission in front of participants is the youth judges. ...

"We connect with families of those who have youth with arthritis and get them to act as judges. They go around the field and make marks on which cars they like the best. The most marks gets the Arthritis Foundation award."

Cincinnati-based cover band Snidely Whiplash will play at 7:30 p.m. and cruise-in awards will be passed out at 8 p.m.

The auto show will run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 12, attracting groups celebrating the 50th anniversaries of the Ford Mustang, Porsche 911 and Pontiac GTO, as well as 40 competition classes.

MoJo Theory will play blues from 1 to 3 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Perennial favorites Phil Dirt and the Dozers will perform hits from the '50s and '60s at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $10, free for children 11 years old and younger.

"Proceeds go to our mission, which is research, education and advocacy," Perry said.

For more information about the event, look online at arthritisautoshow.com.

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