Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

Hardware store preparing for weekend car show

March 29, 2007

A customer stopped by Durkin's Hardware one day last year to talk about cars and plans for an annual car show accelerated quickly.

The Kansas City Pontiac Club signed on and the classic cars pulled in.

Now, a year later, John Durkin is revved to do it all again. The Show and Shine Car Show is back.

"I like to see the old cars like I had when I was younger," Durkin said. "They weren't classics when I was younger, but now they're classics."

The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the store, 218 W. 20th St.

Last year's event drew around 20 to 30 cars, mostly from out of town, Durkin said.

He remembered classic Pontiacs, Chevrolets and others packed into his parking lot.

"We were really crowded," Durkin said.

This year the glistening paint and shining chrome of the automobiles will return, but possibly with a more local favor. More Eudora residents have expressed a desire to take part in the show this year, Durkin said.

Community members are encouraged to bring a car to show as well.

"If the weather is nice, we're not anticipating having any room," Durkin said.

Eudora businesses as well as businesses from Lawrence and De Soto have also pitched in to help keep the show rolling. Prizes from local businesses will be given away from 1 to 3 p.m.

It's a good draw, Durkin said.

"A lot of people drop in that probably wouldn't normally stop by," he said.

In addition, live entertainment will take place throughout the day including the country sounds of Ron Stone.

"I guess it would be modern country or new country nowadays," Durkin said. "It's not classic country."

The rumble of cars will also be accented by the smoky scent of barbecued meat.

The food will be barbecued meat, baked beans and a soft drink, Durkin said.

Although the crowd will come for the car show, Durkin said he probably wouldn't see too large of a spike in business that day.

He said events like the car show will help in the long run because it will show people the location of his store.

"It's good for the customers to come in and see the store for the first time, which, surprisingly, many of them do," Durkin said.

Keeping track of the new entries and scheduling new events hasn't been a huge challenge, Durkin said.

The only thing that could put the brakes on the event is the weather, he said.

"We'll be busier than we can keep up with, which is good," Durkin said.

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