Car and Bikes Show set for October
By Amanda Jacobs
Now that winter is approaching, it’s almost time to pack away those prized cars and motorcycles, and prepare for snowy roads that lay ahead. Before the cold weather approaches, however, Washtenaw Community College is allowing community members and students another chance to showcase their treasured vehicles at the Car and Bikes on Campus show.
The ninth annual Car and Bikes on Campus show will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on WCC’s main campus.
Features of the event include open houses in the Automotive, Motorcycle, Welding, and HVAC departments, food and beverages, and a trophy presentation for more than 15 categories.
“We’re definitely going to have the open house, and we’re going to be raffling off a Chip Foose design welding helmet,” said Ashley Webel, a lab assistant from the Welding Department. “We’re also going to let anyone who wants to, try a hand at welding.”
Students who missed the Sept. 23 deadline to preregistertheir vehicles can register on the day of the show for $10 between 9–11 a.m.
“They can also bring bikes in, and as long as they’re deemed safe, test them on the Dyno,” Tim Vanschoick, an Automotive Body Repair instructor at Washtenaw. “Last year we had 200-300 cars, and a couple thousand people show up every year.”
The show will also feature activities for kids, which is new to the event. But organizers ask that no dogs, strollers, or bicycles are brought to the Car and Bikes show.
“This year we’re doing kids’ stuff as well,” Vanschoick said. “We’ll have spark plug races, and see which kid can get the spark plugs in and out the fastest.”
The proceeds go toward the WCC Vocational Technologies Scholarship fund, which will help students who cannot afford an education.
“It’s been really nice to give back to the community,” said Vanschoick. “Any way we can try to make money for students, we’ll do.”
“There’s nothing better than to be a student that helps someone else go to college.” Webel said. “And it’s a good way for the visitors to come in and see that their taxes that pay for these programs are going toward something positive for the community.