As summer car shows start to dwindle, organizers of the fifth annual Johnstown Super Cruise are ready to hit high gear.
Members of area car clubs and motor enthusiasts will gather from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship Church, 3429 Elton Road, in Elton.
The 2013 edition of the cruise will have a different feel because of a new location and later time frame.
“Traditionally, the show has been held in July at The Galleria,” said Jack Turner of the Oakland section of Stonycreek Township, event chairman and member of the Johnstown Street Survivors Car Club. “We moved the show to Elton because the location is more convenient.”
Other organizations taking part are the Laurel Highlands Mopar Car Club, Cover Hill Car Club and Portage Area Cruisers Car Club, along with individual car buffs.
The show has a history of welcoming antique, classic, tuner, rat rod cars and motorcycles.
“A rat rod can be described as a hodgepodge of old parts used to assemble a road-worthy vehicle,” Turner said.
There is an $8 registration fee to show a vehicle. Proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Wounded Warrior Project. A portion of the proceeds also go to Crime Stoppers to help the nonprofit continue to offer rewards to capture lawbreakers.
Spectators are admitted free of charge, but there will be an opportunity for people to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, Turner said.
Trophies will be awarded to the top 20 entries. The first 200 entries will receive a dash plaque and the first 100 will get a goody bag.
The show historically attracts about a dozen motorcycles. Turner is hopeful that the show will attract more bikes given the nature of the benefit.
“Motorcyclists, as a whole, are very patriotic and this would be an ideal way for them to support the Wounded Warrior Project and show off their rides,” Turner said.
Other activities include a Chinese auction and 50/50 chances.
Music will be proved by the classic rock band White Shadow. The group will perform from noon to 3 p.m.
“For the first time, food sales will be provided by members of the Christian Fellowship Church,” Turner said. “The church will keep the food proceeds.”
Fellowship Assistant Pastor Jim Gay said the church is preparing to welcome car lovers with open arms and plenty of food.
The menu will feature hot sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw and pierogi.
“This could very well be the final picnic of the season for many people,” Gay said. “We will have a tent on the grounds where tables and chairs will be placed to accommodate the crowd.”
Gay also issued an invitation to feed the soul.
“For anyone interested, we welcome the people who may stick around to join us at 6 p.m. for our church service,” Gay said.
Tom Lavis covers Features for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at Tom Lavis @TomLavistd.