Rocky Mount Methodist hosting 2nd Annual Car and Motorcycle Show
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Rocky Mount Methodist Church is hosting its 2nd Annual Car and Bike show on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 1739 Perth Road, 5 miles south of Troutman. This fun and free family event will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.
The show is open to cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all makes, models, and years. “We want to see everything from old stuff to new stuff, whether it’s a truck, car, or motorcycle. If you’re proud of it, bring it out!” exclaimed organizer Gary Glase.
No pre-registration is required since there is no fee to show vehicles. A registration table will be set up near the church sanctuary for exhibitors to get their show numbers and other information. Exhibitors can arrive starting at 8 a.m. but can still enter the show area later in the morning.
The car show will be in the new parking lot to the north side of the church (nearest to Troutman). Parking for attendees will be in the south-side parking lot (entrance beside the cemetery).
Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks will also be available in the Fellowship Hall to all attendees, and folks can also purchase ice cream and other treats from a food truck vendor that will be on site.
Music from the '50s and '60s will help visitors get into the classic frame of mind as they browse through the cars, trucks, and bikes.
The first 120 exhibitors will receive dash plaques, and trophies will be awarded to the Best of Show, Pastor’s Choice, and Kids’ Choice in both the car/truck and motorcycle categories. Attendees can pick up ballots at the registration table to vote for their favorites.
The ballot box will close at 11:30 a.m. for vote tallying in preparation for the announcement of winners at 1 p.m. Winning cars will then be lined up in front of the church for special viewing.
Pennsylvania native Glase, who has worked for Penske Racing for 27 years, came up with the idea for the car show last year. An avid car guy, he and his father completely restored a 1969 Camaro Z-28 just after he graduated high school in 1983.
Glase will have that car, which he has continued to improve, on display at the show. “It’s been a passion for me. I did the main restoration many years ago, but over time you kind of redo things. I take it to various car shows around the area.”
After moving to North Carolina in 2006, Glase and his family began looking for a church and found Rocky Mount. When he became the church’s Outreach Committee chair two years ago, he suggested a car show event to the committee, an idea that met with immediate enthusiasm.
The first show last September was at NASCAR Tech, the Rocky Mount congregation’s temporary home during the 18-month construction of its new sanctuary and other additional spaces. That event drew 110 vehicles, a number which Glase hopes they exceed this year.
Glase is pleased the car show will be at the church campus this year to show off not only the great classic vehicles but the church’s new facilities as well. The Outreach Committee invites visitors to tour the new sanctuary and additions during their time at the show.
The rain date for the event is September 16 if inclement weather occurs.
For more information, text Glase at 704-929-7602 or call after 5:30 p.m. weekdays.