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Cubs and chrome
Conyers car show benefits Cub Scout troops

Olde Town Conyers will transform into a car enthusiast's wonderland next weekend when the second annual Conyers Cub Scout Car Show rolls into town. Expect streets lined with Model Ts, Camaros, antique fire trucks and a host of other vehicles just waiting to be admired.

Cub Scout Car Show organizer Teresa Robertson said the event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the heart of Olde Town Conyers, started out as a modest affair but word of mouth has pumped up the size. The closing of Commercial, Center, Railroad and Bank streets, as well as the Rockdale Courthouse parking lot, will offer space for as many as 180 cars, but most likely the event will feature between 100 and 150 vehicles.

"We really felt like there was potential to bring something like this to town and make it a big to-do. We just didn't have any idea it would turn out this big," said Robertson, a Cub Scout troop manager and owner of an event planning company, Redline Productions.

"Cars are a big draw for a lot of people. Once the word gets out, people really want to get involved. We started thinking we'd have 40 or 50 cars in Olde Town, but it's gotten bigger."

Robertson said Cub Scout Car Show visitors will find vintage cars from the 1920s, '30s and '40s on Commercial Street; "the really hot rod, chromed-out, modified, souped up eye-popping cars" on Railroad Street; a mix of cars on Bank Street.; rare cars such as a Rolls Royce and a British import on the corner of Railroad, Commercial and Warehouse streets; and the pace car from the Atlanta Motor Speedway on display and available for driver seat photos.

A car lover herself, Robertson plans to enter her car, a 1970 Pontiac Le Mans. She remembers working on the car in the late '70s with her cousin in Conyers. The pair would clean it with Armor All until it was spotless and then cruise it down Main Street on Friday and Saturday nights.

"That is what you did. You showed it off if you had a really cool car," Robertson said.

Robertson bought the car from her cousin, used it to commute to Atlanta for years and now maintains it for car shows.

Robertson said most people who enter the car show will go so far as to polish the vehicles with Q-tips and toothbrushes, and handwax the cars. They'll most likely haul the vehicles in on trailers.

"People put a lot of money and time into these cars. You'll see some that would probably sell in the hundreds of thousands of dollars," Robertson said.

Cars won't be the only attraction at the Cub Scout Car Show. Visitors may partake in children's activities including a rock climbing wall, moon walk, obstacle course and play center with batting, frisbee and baseball toss.

A variety of arts and crafts booths will also be on hand, as well as food and entertainment. Featured bands include the cover bands Night Moves (comprised of Rockdale County school art teachers) and Dr. Jekyll, along with blues/rock/jazz players Andrew Black and Barry Richman. Also, look for a dune buggy wheelie demonstration and visits from local firefighters and police officers.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Yellow River District Cub Scouts which has 49 units that serve over 1,200 boys between the ages of 6 and 12 in both Rockdale and Newton counties.

Robertson whose children - Ashton, 5, Nicholas, 8, and Michael, 12 - are involved in scouting, said her Cub Scout troop works on badges, performs community service projects, takes field trips to places such as science museums and enjoys outdoor activities like tubing and camping.

"It teaches the kids a lot of skills. It teaches a lot of key life lessons like respect and goal-setting. They learn to progress through their interests and it exposes them to new interests," Robertson said. "There's a lot of things my kids are into that they picked up through scouting. It's helped them to become more well-rounded, grounded individuals."

The Cub Scout Car Show is still looking for vendors and vehicle entrants. For more information, call Teresa Robertson at 770-354-5861 or Jerry Odell at 404-319-4109 or visit www.conyersbsa.com/carshow.

E-mail Karen J. Rohr at karen.rohr@rockdalecitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

What: Conyers Cub Scout Car Show

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday

Where: Olde Town Conyers

Cost: Admission is free.

Info: Call Teresa Robertson at 770-354-5861 or Jerry Odell at 404-319-4109 or visit

www.conyersbsa.com/carshow.