ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Classic cars, racing cars and everything in between were on display at the 45th annual Beloit Autorama auto show.
Weather canceled the event in 2019 and the pandemic is accused of having canceled the 2020s. But on Sunday, people told 23 News it couldn’t have been a more perfect day for the show. auto.
“In my day, it was about cars,” said Rockford resident Arnie Dyer’s. “It’s a little different now, I guess. “
Dyer’s interest in cars began when he was a young boy. He has been attending Beloit Autorama for seven years to share his hobby with others.
“For people to come to me and tell me they like my car and it makes me feel good because it’s my idea, you know, it’s my build,” Dyer said. “It’s worth it, so it makes me the winner.”
Its latest creation took almost three years to build. Dyer says people are shocked when they see what his vehicle can do. He got the idea to build the car after seeing something similar on a YouTube video.
“I say, this guy is crazy,” Dyer said. “I say God, I must have one of these things. And sure, I’ve had a lot of people saying there’s no way you couldn’t do that, well, here it is.
Event organizer Todd Nelson says the annual show has something for just about everyone.
“Cars are parked by different classes, there are street rods, corvettes, street machines, high performance, trucks, classic cars.”
Nelson says the best part of the event is that all proceeds go to the Beloit Lions Club.
“It feels good, it really feels good,” said Nelson. “We are giving the money back to the community.”
And in the end, the cars are ranked and the best dogs win a prize.
“What we’re really known for are our handmade trophies, the clock trophies,” Nelson said.
Nelson says there are also around 300 volunteers who take care of the smooth running of the event. Event organizers say there were more than 1,200 cars at the show today. They believe it could be a record number of cars for the event.
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