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Knights of Columbus car show aims to attract younger adults

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Storm Lake and Alta will be filled with the roar of car engines as the Knights of Columbus Car Show & Burn Out drives into the Labor Day weekend. The 12th annual show has a new feature for this year.

The car show will be in Chautauqua Park on Sunday with gates opening at 11. Rasmussen Ford-Mercury, Fitzpatrick Auto Center and Bob's Garage and Auto Sales have made donations for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and will also showcase four cars at the show.

From classics to modern cars will displayed by many proud owners competing for the trophies of the multiple classes.

Saturday night will have a new feature more geared to younger car enthusiasts, with a car cruise, Bar-B-Que and a burn out. Car enthusiast are invited to come out and see some modern machines power up. The cars will travel as a group to the Buena Vista County Fairgrounds to the northeast side in an area commonly known as the "corn pad" to do the burn outs.

Josh Lansink, general manger of Audio Entertainment and member of Knights of Columbus, has been working to set up the new event with the help of John Murray.

"What we want this event to be is an outlet where younger people are able to come out and test their car's performance legally without fear of getting into trouble," Lansink said.

The burn out will have one car at time go onto the concrete slab and then start a power stand and let the rear tire start rolling while holding the brakes.

Lansink admits that it can burn the tires and brakes a little but should not hurt the engine if done for short periods of time. The exhibition is open to anyone. All that is asked is that people sign up at the Burn Out and sign a waiver.

Murray and Lansink want to make sure that everyone knows that there will be no racing.

The event will keep crowds about 50 feet away from the action to make sure that people are safe and enjoy the burning of tires and rise of smoke.

There has been a lot of corporation with the city of Alta and BV County fair board to set it up.

"We are really appreciative and want to thank them for allowing an event like this to happen," Muarry said. "It has been easy to work with everyone and they all seem open to the event."

"I hope that we can get at least 50 cars to enter but being the first year we are not sure what will happen," Lansink added. "We might change things a little next year but who knows what will happen."

Lansink hopes that if the burn out grows that it will open the door for other possibilities for new competitions and even more after market part shows.

"In Storm Lake I see a lot of Hondas, Toyotas and Mitsubishis around and I would like to see that number grow," Lansink said. "I would also love to see a race track built that can host drift competitions and similar things. There is a huge market and it would be great for Storm Lake."

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