SIOUX CITY | A couple hundred cars rolled onto the pavement, filling the Sioux City auto dealer’s parking lot by Saturday afternoon. These classic cars weren't for sale.
The second annual Sioux City Ford Lincoln Car Show drew more local and regional showpieces than the lot could hold.
“It’s got to be one of the largest car shows in Sioux City,” said Chad Murray, service manager at Sioux City Ford Lincoln, 3601 Singing Hills Blvd.
The family friendly event featured face painting and games for the kids, along with Jumpy Monkey coffee for the adults to keep warm. The East High School Dance Team washed vehicles for a fundraiser and proceeds from lunch sales went to the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
For auto enthusiasts, the dealership had a drag racing car on display: the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car.
Novice racers had the chance to get behind the wheel of two soap box derby cars.
Greg Lanegan, of Sioux City, encouraged children to crouch down in the cars to get a feel of what it would be like to cruise down a hill at 30 mph.
The soap box cars were up on blocks, so they weren't going anywhere. But kids could steer the wheel and reach for the brake pedal to get the idea.
Eight-year-old Craig Roost Jr. got right in.
“You want to climb in that one?” Lanegan asked Ciera Patton, who was standing next to the boy.
The 12-year-old girl shook her head, no.
“It’d be warmer in there,” he said.
Lanegan’s daughter wasn’t much younger than Ciera when she climbed into her first soap box derby car. At 21, Alicia Kratke still races.
Ciera was content to watch.
Others at Saturday’s event walked through rows of cars, peering into the engines. Before leaving, spectators could drive through the dance team's car wash.
Lilly Sencenbaugh, 16, and at least half a dozen other girls surrounded a car to quickly get it dry.
Her mom, Richelle Burr, stood on the sidelines, supervising the giggling girls.
“They've gotten to wash some pretty cool cars,” she said.
Members of the dance team started their fundraiser at 8 a.m. Burr said that it took a little bit for the girls to gladly wash the cars that came through. Temperatures topping out at 60 degrees and winds gusting up to 40 mph put a damper on their fun for a while.
Sencenbaugh said it was cold and wet.
“But it was fun,” she added with a smile.