The Antique Automobile Club of America will host a national meet in Cleveland for the second time since it last did in 2008, with events spanning from Thursday to Saturday.
Connie Wright, the event’s chairman, said visitors from about 27 different states and Australia are expected to attend as participants and judges this year, and 2008’s meet drew in some 7,000 visitors.
The local club chapter for the Cherokee Valley Region began planning this year’s event about three years ago, after Wright said the planning committee had finally “recovered” from organizing and putting on the last three-day event.
“People began to say, ‘When are you going to do another one?’” she said.
The answer ended up being this week.
Though most items on the event schedule are for members only, anyone can browse through rows and rows of antique cars during events taking place that Friday and Saturday.
Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., club members will park the cars near the downtown Courthouse Square for a cruise-in event, not unlike the MainStreet Cruise-Ins that take place each summer but with different cars.
Among the cars on display then and during the main event happening Saturday will be rarities like a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner convertible and a 1948 Keller Super Chief.
Westwood Baptist Church will play host to the main part of the meet, where all 255 antique cars registered for the event will be judged and awarded trophies if they do well at meeting certain criteria like being historically accurate and well-maintained.
In addition to examining the historic cars, Wright said families will be able to take part in other activities as well.
The event will include car-themed activities for children, including free rides in a Ford Model A car, and a program that will allow teens to learn more about how cars work will also be offered. Car owners will be on hand to answer questions about their vehicles. Vendors offering various wares will set up on the church’s lawns.
Saturday’s public event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Both events are free to attend, and free parking will also be available.