Cars, cycles to be part of charity run and show

Posted August 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

Combining a charity poker run with a classic car show should be a winning blend, and planners hope to see a great deal of enthusiasm for the event on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Cars as well as motorcycles are invited to join in the Ed Watkins Memorial Charity Poker Run. Proceeds will go to a cancer charity to be determined by the Watkins family.

Friend and neighbor Carol Grey explained, “Ed passed away from cancer in February 2012, after a three-month battle. As a way to remember him, some of his friends decided we wanted to do something involving his cars.”

Carol Stobbs said, “Ed Watkins was a long-time GM customer of Stobbs Sales. He was an avid classic muscle car collector, and he had 15-20 vehicles that were running.” She says that he had purchased more than 40 vehicles, and used their parts to keep his special cars running.

Stobbs added that Watkins loved attending shows around the country and he always had stories about his cars, especially the 1970 blue TransAm that he bought new while in college.

Grey remembers, “Ed loved taking his cars to car shows and he was always driving them. He always brought six or seven cars to the Midway Drive-In on the night they had their Classic Car show.”

With that in mind, they decided to hold a Poker Run, with the final stop to be at the drive-in for the car show.

Both cars and motorcycles are welcome to join the run. Pre-registration isn’t required. “Just show up,” Grey said.

Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Watkins farm, three and a half miles north of Vayland (36910 196th Street). The run begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 5:30 at the Midway Drive-In.

Grey says participants will be given a map. The top two poker hands will receive a cash prize.

At Midway Drive-in, car exhibitors are encouraged to bring their classic cars to the drive-in at 5 p.m., and the “Show and Shine” car show will get underway at about 5:30. All makes, models and years are welcome, as well as classic motorcycles.

Prizes are awarded and pork loin sandwiches will be available at the concession stand.