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Local Car Show to Benefit Charities

For those who have a passion for everything cars, a "Cruise-In" classic car display will be held on Sunday, July 22 at 10 a.m. at the Burger King parking lot on Old Centreville Road.

Everything from antiques, classics, customs, motorcycles, muscle cars, street machines and street rods will be on display for the public. Food, music, and vendors will be participating in this event. All proceeds will go to the Fisher House, which helps the families of our troops who are receiving care at Walter Reed Medical Center.

If this day doesn't fit into your schedule however, another show will be on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m., this time all donations are going to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located in South Dakota, to help pay for school supplies to one of the country's poorest income areas. For both days there is no registration required or fees to enter, simply drive over and enjoy. Anyone who makes a donation will receive a dash plaque for their vehicle.

As if two days weren't enough, on Monday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m., the finale in a trifecta of charitable events happens with a theme most "gear-heads" will be pleased to take part in. Replica cars from the movie "American Graffiti" will be on display, including Steve Bolander's (Ron Howard's) 58' Impala. A replica of Bob Falfa's (Harrison Ford's) 55' Chevy could not be obtained, however, so the actual car from the movie itself will be added in its place. All money made from this Labor Day event will go towards Life With Cancer, which provides, free of charge, support and education to the lives of patients and their families. Another benefactor will be the Virginia Eye Bank and Research Center, which performs optical procedures and operation support for those with financial needs.

All events will be hosted by former Clifton Mayor Jim Chesley along with the Clifton Lions Club, who are on their eighth year of fund-raising for charitable organizations. Last year more than 460 show cars were presented, and this year is expected to have an even larger turn-out. Call Jim Chesley at 703-802-5000, or visit www.customcruisersnova.org.