Cool Car Fridays shine on at Heavenly Village
If you go
What: Cool Car Fridays
Where: Heavenly Village near the gondola
When: Fridays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information: goodsamsaferide.com
Chrome bumpers, candy-apple reds, white walls and fragrant leather interiors will all be on display once again at South Lake Tahoe’s weekly summer car shows at Heavenly Village.
The “cool cars” will roll into the village each Friday, weather permitting, around 5 p.m. and stay until 8 p.m., starting May 17. The show is organized by members of Good Samaritan Safe Ride.
“It’s gotten to be a very popular event,” said organizer Tom Argo. “It’s a beautiful venue and people from all over the country come to check it out.”
The members of Good Samaritans Safe Rides have been holding car shows in the Lake Tahoe area for 28 years. The show is open to anyone with a “cool car,” Argo said.
“Anybody can enter their car. It’s open to anyone with a cool car,” Argo said. “If they have a 1995 or a 2005 and they think it’s cool, they can certainly come in and show it off.”
Argo expects at least 15 to 20 cars each week, including a Lamborghini, a few 1940s Fords and, of course his 1952 Chevrolet convertible. The summer season is typically the only time of year a lot of locals get to show their cars and that brings a lot of people out, Argo said.
“We’ve got a lot of beautiful old classics that locals don’t get to show very often, so they like to show them as much as they can,” he said.
After the event, organizers give away T-shirts and some gas money. Then, all the cars line up and people have a chance to see them in motion as they cruise toward home, Argo said.
In addition to the weekly car shows, Good Samaritans Safe Rides holds an annual raffle for a classic car. This year the prize is a 1953 Ford F-100 and a 1953 Harley Panhead. The money generated through the raffle tickets pays for the Safe Rides program, which offers intoxicated drivers a ride home.
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