Classic Cars Corral at Forest Park
Writer / Keriann Rich
Some things are just for boys and their dads. This month, the very popular Central Indiana Vintage Vehicles Car Show returns to Noblesville’s Forest Park perfectly timed for Father’s Day Weekend.
Whether you’re an enthusiast or just simply a motorist, at some point we’ve all experienced falling in love with a car or the idea of being behind a glamorous set of wheels.
The CIVV, better known as the Central Indiana Vintage Vehicle Association, is a not-for-profit organization that was chartered with the State of Indiana in 1988. The organizations’ driving force was and remains centered on boosting interest in vintage vehicles.
This year is extra special as it marks the 25th running of the Father’s Day Car Show. “This show and these cars help bring families together,” said David Shank, President, Central Indiana Vintage Vehicle Association. “I spoke to a woman who was estranged from her father and she was able to rebuild a relationship with him through this Father’s Day Show.”
On Sunday, June 15th hundreds of vintage vehicle enthusiasts will see up close and personal, the largest variety of automotive beauties in Central Indiana. From the classic cars of the 50’s to the muscle cars of the 1970’s, show goers will ooh and awe from show start to finish.
“We’re the biggest event that Forest Park (located at 701 Cicero Road) hosts,” Shank said. “It’s great to see so many different people come to the show and see these different types of cars.”
The annual event’s focus is on showing cars, having fun and raising money for charity. But there’s also acknowledgement of the “best.” All cars and trucks at the show are pre-registered for $7 or $10 day of show. It’s an open show style, meaning any car, motorcycle or military vehicle built prior to 1990 and/or customized or altered is eligible for awards. The CIVV judging panel will award the Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Paint and Best Engine represented. This year, the show’s major sponsors are Hare Chevrolet and Martin & Martin Insurance.
In addition to the fanfare and camaraderie, the Father’s Day Car Show benefits The Elysian Foundation. “It’s a way to share our hobby while raising money for a charity”, Shank said. He adds, “You can see the kids from The Elysian Foundations’ face light up when they see all the different types of cars. They may not be able to verbalize what they’re thinking but they can see the true beauty of the cars.”
All of the sponsorship dollars and registration fees are given to the Elysian Foundation’s Normal Life of Sheridan, a home-based care program for those impacted by severe brain disorders and injuries.
The CIVV was connected to the Elysian Foundation after one of its very own, Larry Grabb, experienced the positive impact and support of the foundation’s care services. Grabb had a relative who suffered from severe brain damage. His connection to the CIVV and Elysian tied the two organizations together for what continues today.
“This show is a great chance for children to spend time with their fathers and something that mutually interests everyone,” said Grabb, CIVV Member since the organization’s inception.
In addition to admiring beautifully restored cars like Grabb’s 1969 AMX and 1950 Plymouth convertible, “this show is raising awareness for children with special needs and giving them a voice,” added Grabb.
CIVV raises approximately $4,000-$5,000 each year for the Elysian Foundation.
“These old cars bring people together in our community” Shank said. Over the past 25 years of the Father’s Day Car Show, the CIVV has raised more than $50,000 for the Elysian Foundation.