An Upper Arlington resident and Grandview Heights auto-shop owner hopes a car show on Sunday, May 28, will honor his late brother and raise funds to battle Crohn's disease and colitis.
Growing up, Mike Young's big brother, Jim, had a profound influence on his interests and ultimately helped lead him to become owner of Motorkars Inc., an auto service and restoration specialty shop at 1020 King Ave., Columbus.
When Mike was just 12 or 13, Jim – who was five years older – pulled his little brother into one of his patented car customization projects; it immediately strengthened their relationship and introduced Mike to what would become a passion.
"Before I knew it, I was under the hood with him every weekend," Mike Young said. "He was a teacher. He wasn't a drill instructor.
"It was his influence on me as a teenager that sparked my interest in cars. I went into the car business when I was 19, and I'm celebrating my 42nd year."
On Sunday, May 28, Mike Young will play host to the Jim Young Memorial Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Giant Eagle Grandview Yard Market District, 840 W. Third Ave., Grandview.
It will honor and celebrate Jim, an Upper Arlington High School alumnus who passed away in 2014 at the age of 63 from Crohn's disease.
Mike Young hopes the event will showcase "anything cool" on wheels, with up to 125 cars, trucks and motorbikes ranging from vintage and collectible, to muscle, European and domestic vehicles.
And through the free event, which Young said his brother would have loved, he hopes to raise money to fight Crohn's, an inflammatory bowel disease, and ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease that inflames the colon.
"There's no cost to enter a car and there's no cost to attend," said Young, who also is a board member of the central Ohio chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. "My hope is people will bring their checkbooks.
"If they feel like they're having fun, I hope they'll donate to the foundation or buy something from the silent auction. One hundred percent of the funds will go to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation."
Gates to those planning to show off their rides will close at 1 p.m., and there will be a trophy presentation at 3 p.m.
In addition to the vehicles and the silent auction, the car show will feature two live bands, homemade baked goods, raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing.
There will be kids' activities, as well, including a bounce house and the chance to hand-paint a Volkswagen Beetle.
The Market District will be open, and will host a pig roast on its patio.
"I'm really thrilled with this," Young said.
"I want cars you don't see every day, and I'm getting commitments from a variety of people."
Young, who originally opened his business with his parents, said many of his family members, including Jim's wife and several of his brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews plan to attend.
A number of friends also will be on hand to help out and to enjoy the show.
One such longtime friend is Dave Sheppard, who said his friendship with Mike and Jim goes back more than three decades.
"Jim was a really great person," Sheppard said. "One thing a lot of people don't realize about car guys is, yeah, they love cars and talking about cars, but they're pretty giving people.
"We want to make this a destination event that will help the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation."