Car show revs up community support

More than 150 cars lined the streets during a past Automobile Club of Echo Car Show. This year's event is Saturday, May 28, in downtown Echo.

It’s time to rev up your engines, as the Automobile Club of Echo High School is hosting its annual car show.

Just over a decade ago, a handful of students showed off their vehicles lining the sidewalk at Echo High School. Now approaching its 11th year, the car show attracted 174 entries last year.

“Every year it keeps getting bigger, “ said Rick Denning, who got involved with the event in 2011. “I hope we don’t run out of room.”

The show moved from the school’s football field to downtown Echo several years ago. In addition to cars, trucks and motorcycles on display, the event has expanded to include fundraisers by the school’s football and volleyball teams.

The A.C.E. Car Show is Saturday, May 28, from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Echo. Vehicle registration begins at 10 a.m. The vehicle entry fee is $20 or $5 for students.

The football team will offer barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs. And, the volleyball team will have an Italian soda bar and a 50-50 raffle.

“Our support from the community and local businesses is huge,” Denning said. “It’s a boost for Echo all the way around.”

Denning initially got involved with the car club when his children were in school. He continues to help as a way to give back to the community. A mechanic by trade, Denning said it’s important to provide support to the students.

“When kids are interested in something, there needs to be an avenue to follow-through with their interests,” he said.

Each year, members of the club talk about what they want to do with money raised. Over the years Denning said students have attended drag races, monster truck races and the Portland Roadster Show. In addition, they have worked on student cars, as well as purchasing and working on a project car.

Denning said one of the big draws among car show participants are the custom-made trophies. Created by car club members and students in art and shop classes, they are made with donated car parts.

More than two dozen trophies will be awarded in various categories, including best muscle car, best low-rider, best motorcycle, best of show and “At Least I Have a Car.”

For more information, call Denning at 541-571-4417, Mitch Correa at 541-701-8929, or visit

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