Veterans and car enthusiasts revved up their engines for the inaugural Veterans Car and Bike Show on Sunday afternoon.
The event was organized by the Old Tin Street Rods and the Indiana Rolling Thunder.
This is the first of many events, all intended to honor those who have served the country.
“They fought for our country and we need to support them in every way we can,” Jessica Knapp said.
More than 150 cars of all kinds were lined up, from older models to newer cars. People couldn’t help but stop and take a look.
A car that caught the eye of many, a custom Dodge Charger owned by Daniel Ryans, a Vietnam veteran who served 6 years in the military.
“I thought it would be pretty cool to bring my POW MIA car,” Ryans said.
After leaving the service, Ryans found himself attracted to cars. Instead of collecting, Ryans wanted to use one of his cars to pay tribute to the men and women who never returned from the war.
“The bob wire on it is hand painted, the tailgate is hand painted with the helicopter, and freedom doesn’t come free,” Ryans said. “Headrest is POW embroidered, floor mats and gear stick and he’s been to the Memorial Day Parade in DC several times.”
It’s a special car, apart from the story.
“It’s just important to get out into the community and show support for veterans and organizations.” said Knapp.
At the end of the show, awards and prizes were given to the cars entered in the show.
Now that it’s over, many are revving their engines in anticipation of next year.