Members of the Beloit Evening Lions Club are firm believers in the saying "if it's not broken, don't try to fix it."
The group has truly found a recipe for success after running Autorama for 42 years, and they expect 2018 to be another hit.
The beloved Autorama fundraiser, which is one of the largest one-day car shows in the Midwest, will return to the Town of Beloit's Preservation Park, 3444 S. Riverside Drive, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16. Spectators can expect to see upwards of 1,200 vehicles of all types on display as participants show off their beautiful rides and try to win one of the event's coveted, and very unique, trophies.
"Show cars will already be waiting by the time volunteers start setting up at 7 a.m.," said longtime Autorama organizer Joe Chamberlain. "There will be a steady stream of people coming in all day."
Autorama is a huge fundraiser for the Beloit Evening Lions Club. Over the years, more than $898,000 has been raised to support the Lions Club International Foundation initiatives to aid the visually handicapped. Local organizations like Beloit Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Meals on Wheels, Caritas, Easter Seals Camp and Beloit Regional Hospice also receive funds from the day.
"Absolutely all of the proceeds are given to these organizations - the Lions Club itself doesn't make anything from Autorama," Chamberlain said.
Helping the Lions Club put on the show this year are the Coachmen Street Rod Club, Blue Ribbon Classic Chevy Club, Rock Valley Mustang Club and XLRS Car Club.
About two dozen people have been actively planning the 2018 Autorama event and it will take over 70 volunteers to ensure that everything goes smoothly on the day.
"We always strive to raise lots of money and provide excellent service to the participants and also the spectators at Autorama," he said. "People love coming every year."
Autorama features the car show, of course, but also a car corral where visitors can look at vehicles for sale, a vendor fair, parts swap meet and more. Concessions like hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, beer and pop will be available for purchase and music will be provided by 3D Sound Systems.
Spectators can expect to see a variety of vehicles in the following classes:
.Street Rod (modified pre-1949 vehicle)
• Antique (stock pre-1949 vehicle)
• Classic (stock vehicle, 1949-1988)
• Corvette (all stock and modified)
• High Performance (stock and modified, 1949-1970 and 1971 to present)
• Full Size Chevy (stock and modified, 1955-1964)
• Truck (stock and modified)
Admission to Autorama is $7 for adults and $2 for youth ages 8-15, while kids under 8 are free. The event will go on rain or shine. For more information, see www.beloitautorama.com or 'Like' the event page on Facebook.
Want to go?
42nd annual Beloit Autorama
8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 16
Town of Beloit Preservation Park
Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for kids 8-15, free under 8.
Have a car to enter into Autorama?
Participation registration is $15 per vehicle. All vehicles must be driven to the event and the fee includes admission for two adults and children under 16 in the car. To be considered for judging, all vehicles must be parked in the correct class by 11 a.m.
Want to join the Lions Club?
The Beloit Evening Lions Club meets at Boundaries Bar and Grill, 3807 S. Riverside Drive, at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Anyone with questions is welcome to call 608-290-3628.