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Josh White of Independence polishes a wheel on his 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback on Monday. White will show the car at Sunday's Hot Wheels Cruise-in and Car Show.
June 26, 2012
INDEPENDENCE -- You might hear a slight rumble coming from the downtown area on Sunday.
That's a lie. It's going to be loud.
Souped-up muscle cars, sleek vintage roadsters, modern coupes and all things flashy on street tires will invade Independence's Riverview Parkand Amphitheater on Sunday for the first-ever Hot Wheels Cruise-in and Car Show.
The event, the kickoff for the River's Edge Summer Series, will feature a juried car show with awards in five categories, live music, food and a casual cruise-in for those who just want their rides to be seen.
"We would like to make this annual, that's our goal," said Alex Trevino, River's Edge coordinator, "so we're definitely looking for a great turnout ... hopefully, we can add a twist to it every year and keep it fresh."
"Hot Wheels" will be open to cars of all years and models -- as long as they're cool.
"We want to get the past, present and future," said Trevino, noting he's been reaching out to dozens of car clubs across the Willamette Valley since March. Members of the Cherry City Bombers in Salem will take part in the show, as will a number of local car enthusiasts.
Crowds could be large, as long as it stays dry, he said.
"I have a feeling it will be a really busy week of checking forecasts," Trevino said. "But with some favorable weather, this will be a great event."
Automobiles are only part of the attraction.
JT and the Tourists, a classic rock band from Salem, will take the amphitheater stage at 11 a.m. The headliners are The Twangshifters, a Portland-based rockabilly quartet. That concert starts at 3 p.m.
"Hot Wheels" will also feature a beer and wine garden, and several food booths serving barbecue, burgers and ice cream. A chili cook-off is tentatively scheduled, and there will be a whiskey tasting provided by the Crown Royal Girls.
Fitting with the theme, the Rusty Truck Brewing Company of Lincoln City will pour suds from a 1967 Pedee fire engine converted into a rolling beer garden.
Trevino said the show will be a family affair in a way; his father will be entering a 1967 Chevelle he bought from a Chevrolet dealership that used to exist in downtown Independence.
"It was his first car and he bought it right off the showroom floor," Trevino said.
Check It Out
What: Hot Wheels Cruise-in and Car Show.
When: Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence.
Of note: Participation fees for the car show are $15 per vehicle with early registration and $20 the day of the event.
For more information or to register: www.independenceamphitheater.com or 503-508-6696.
8 a.m. -- Registration and check-in, followed by a complimentary pancake feed for all participants provided by Polk County Fire District No. 1
10 a.m. -- Beer garden opens
11 a.m. -- JT and the Tourists (classic rock)
3 p.m. -- The Twangshifters (rockabilly)
4 p.m. -- Show awards