Anything cool on wheels is invited to the annual Rotary Club of Chanhassen’s Classic Car Show during the Fourth of July Celebration.
“Like any car show, people love to talk about their cars with other car people. It’s just so fun,” said Mike Howe, who co-chairs the event with fellow Rotarian Tim Erhart.
Last year was a bit low on participants due to rain earlier in the day. However, on good-weather day, the event can draw 80-plus vehicles.
The show is open to anyone with a unique vehicle. There’s no entry fee and no prizes awarded. All participants receive a medallion.
The vehicle doesn’t have to be mint, Howe said. And it doesn’t have to be a car — trucks, motorcycles … anything on wheels is invited.
In 2017, Howe enlisted Rotary Treasurer Joe Scott to direct traffic for a few minutes. If Scott spotted a nice car headed down the street, he assumed the driver was looking for the car show and waved them in. Among the cars was a classic 1970s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
Later in the day, Scott recalled Howe telling him, “‘There’s all these cars that didn’t register and this cool Rolls-Royce that didn’t know (we were) having a car show.’”
“The guy was having a great time, and now he’s a regular,” Scott said, of the Rolls-Royce owner. “That’s just how it works.”
The event also attracts a lot of 1960s and 1970s muscle cars, as well as electric cars, such as Teslas.
Co-chairs Erhart brings his classic Packard to the show, and Howe takes his Triumph. (Despite being on the Fourth of July, the show isn't limited to American models, Howe quipped.
What’s Howe's reaction to see all the cars at the show?
“After I wipe the drool off my face, I enjoy seeing all the people that come downtown and are a part of the day and are engaging with the car owners, or looking at them,” he said.