Columbus man Doug Adamy has been a lifelong rider in the annual Midwest Street Rod Association – East Central Chapter race.
His parents had been involved in the motor show since before he was born – Adamy’s mother, while pregnant with him, would drive to the event.
At the time, the show was a three-day affair, he added. The inaugural show was around 1974, which Adamy’s father was most likely a part of, he said.
“(We were) going to get out of school that Friday, and then we were in the parking lot at the Friday night party, jumping in the pool,” Adamy said.
These days, Adamy is president of the local and the 48th Annual Columbus Rod Run will be back in action next weekend at Pawnee Park in Columbus.
“Last year was great – good attendance, great show, great weather. I couldn’t ask for anything better for an outdoor car show,” Adamy said, noting that there were around 170 cars exhibited in 2021.
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The goal is to see at least 150 cars this year, he noted.
“We hope for more than 150 cars. If we get those 170s again, that would be great. But if we have bad weather, we’ll be lucky to get close to 100, if that,” Adamy said.
The show features a variety of hot rods, street roads, and muscle cars from different eras, including the 20s and 30s, as well as newer models.
The two-day event kicks off Friday, May 27 at the River’s Edge Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 265 33rd Ave. in Columbus. Registration will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a “discovery evening” from 6.30 p.m. for those registered at the show. Those registered for the event will also receive a free barbecue meal.
The Friday night get-together is what sets the Cannes Race apart from other motor shows, Adamy noted, because those involved in the show can grab a meal, listen to live music and just hang out and get to know each other. .
On Saturday, May 28, the Columbus Rod Run will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Pawnee Park. People will also be able to register from 9 a.m. to noon that day. Judy’s Concessions will be serving food throughout the auto show. Live music will be available from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Similar to years past, Adamy said, trophies will be handed out.
“The top 10 candidates vote. We take the top 10 of their votes and then as a club we choose 10 trophies and then we also have best paint, best show, best interior, best engine,” Adamy said.
There will also be a Ladies’ Pick, a Young Guns’ Pick, a Goodguys’ Pick and National Street Rod Association Picks.
Registration costs $20. Since the Midwest Street Rod Association is a non-profit organization, the group accepts donations and the money goes to Columbus.
“Every year we donate to local charities… last year I think we gave back over $3,000 to the community,” Adamy added.
Columbus Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Manager Katy McNeil expressed her excitement for the event to return to the area. It’s a fun activity for people of all ages, she added.
“As a supporter of the Rod Run Car Show and one of the oldest, if not the longest running, continuous car shows, we are thrilled to have it back in town this year!” McNeil said. “The auto show is a recipient of CVB Promotional Funding Grants, which help pay for marketing the event and attract more visitors to Columbus and Platte County.
“I think it attracts a niche group of visitors to our communities who bring their families to enjoy our many amenities.”
Adamy said he had a 1940 Ford Sedan he would bring to the show next week, and his wife would bring him a 1972 Camero.
He added that he was encouraging people to “get their cars out and kick off the outdoor summer car shows.”
Hannah Schrodt is the editor of the Columbus Telegram. Contact her by email at [email protected]