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Take trip down ‘past’ lane at Lake Area Rods and Classics car show

See classic cars such as this 1957 Chevy at the Lake Area Rods and Classics car show starting at 8 a.m. April 25 at the Cecil Atkission dealership, 2601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet. The event is free for spectators and $20 for entrants. Go to lakearearodsandclassics.com for more. File photo

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — A chance to revisit the past is a big reason why the annual Lake Area Rods and Classics car show is popular.

“I believe they can see something that maybe they saw when they were going to school or college,” said Mark Kidd, the co-activities director for Lake Area Rods and Classics. “It sticks with you. And all the stuff on television like on the Speed Channel, people enjoy them.”

The April 25 event is an open car show, which means if an owner has a vehicle introduced this year that is considered a hot rod, he or she can participate, Kidd said.

Signups are 8-11 a.m. at the Cecil Atkission dealership, 2601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281). The cost to register a car is $20 at the gate. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m., and each owner can cast five votes for best of show.

Kidd said members of the Lake Area Rods and Classics purposely did it that way so if there are multiple members from one car club, that club can’t control the vote.

Spectators are welcome to attend free of charge starting at 8 a.m. Vendors will be selling all kinds of items with a wide selection of jewelry, purses and other pieces geared toward women, Kidd said.

“Last year, everybody had a good time,” he said.

In 2014, the show drew about 140 vehicles. The pre-registration numbers for this year are double that with just days left until the event, Kidd said.    

Proceeds from the car show will benefit local nonprofit organizations in the area. Kidd said the members intentionally keep dollars local. In the past, the money has gone to local Boys & Girls Clubs, the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center and Packsaddle Elementary School for an outdoor basketball court.

“We like to know our dollars are being used for a good cause,” Kidd said. “We want to keep them local.”

Go to lakearearodsandclassics.com and click on activities for more information about the car show.

jfierro@thepicayune.com