Stars & Stripes Forever Car Show rolls into Griot’s


Special interest vehicles, patriotic music and community fellowship will be the theme for this year’s edition of the Stars & Stripes Forever Car Show on July 1 at Griot’s Garage, 3333 S. 38th St. This wonderful family show is open to all special interest vehicles. Registration applications can be picked up at Griot’s or you may register at the show for $20. Admission is free to the public and great for all ages..

Walt Kaplin, a very good friend of mine and the show organizer, has a strong philosophical bent toward country, church, the military and patriotism. The theme of the show embraces all of these, and will be filled with patriotism the moment visitors arrive. Both the Canadian National Anthem and U.S. National Anthem will be played to kick things off. There will be plenty of patriotic music mixed with ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll. In fact, Kaplin has what very well could be the largest music collection in the world, with more than 20 million songs. 

This year’s door prizes are geared toward music and rare movies of the ‘50s and ‘60s. All who register will receive a very special, award-winning dash plaque and the two most popular movies of the ‘50s: “Blackboard Jungle” and “Rock Around the Clock.” The retail value of these classic, collectible movies alone starts at $40. In addition, there will also be 15 very unique awards presented in honor of each branch of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. There will also be 10 special “Stars & Stripes Forever” awards that can be displayed anywhere in home or office. (Hint: They are not the typical plaque or trophy. Winners will be quite pleased.) The awards will be on display at Griot’s starting Thursday, June 28.

On the day of the car show, gates open at 7:30 a.m. The show officially starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.

It is important to note that this is not a commercially sponsored show. It is privately funded by the Kaplin family, with no commercial organizations associated, and the judging and awards are hand-picked by Kaplin. 

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