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Hot Chili Rod Classic Cruise Car Show a Father’s Day weekend treat at Sanibel Outlets
June 16, 2017

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For the first time, the Sanibel Outlets will host the Hot Chili Rod Classic Cruise Car Show Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We started talking to one of our sisters centers (Periwinkle Place) over on Sanibel, we wanted to do something for Father's Day weekend and they have in the past, hosted a car show, so being Father's Day weekend, we thought it might be something nice to do. We'll have some food trucks and some fun activities while the car show is going on," said Sanibel Outlets General Manager Sara Holderfield

Entry begins at 9 a.m. and judging starts at 11 a.m. One gift bag will be handed out per entry. First and second place prizes will also be awarded for the following classes: Corvettes (all), street rods (up to 1948 and 1949-1954), Chevys (1955-1969), muscle cars (1961-1980 and 1981 and up), custom (all), stock antique (before 1952), street rod trucks (all), pro street (all), stock (all) and odd classes (all).

In addition to first and second place prizes, there will also be a people's choice award. Sanibel Outlets Marketing Coordinator Lisa McElyea said a myriad of different vehicles will be on display at the show.

"The oldest car that we're expecting right now is a 1928 DeSoto. We also have present-day Corvettes. We have quite a variety of vehicles that are going to be shown," McElyea said.

The car show is set to take place on the west side of the parking lot, parallel to Summerlin Road.

"We're expecting 50-75 cars," Holderfield said.

One Sanibel resident, Ed Augustyn, who is a member of the San Cap Motor Club, will show two cars at the show: a 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe and a 1934 Chevy Sedan Delivery. Augustyn rebuilt both cars when he owned a body shop in New Jersey.

"The Ford I rebuilt in seven months and the Chevy took me about a year," Augustyn said.

Augustyn credits his father who spurred his interest in collecting classic cars.

"My dad belonged to the Galloping Hill Cruisers in New Jersey when I was young and my uncle owned a body shop. Back then, you fixed everything," he said.

Augustyn said that collectively, he's won 37 awards for both vehicles. One of the aspects he's looking forward to the most for Saturday's show is meeting new faces.

"It's about meeting different people and helping other people out," Augustyn said.

Other features of the car show include music, a DJ and five food trucks: Del's Lemonade, Ma Petite Creperie, Kona Ice, Burgerque and Coasting Donuts.

"We'll also be doing gift card door prizes," Holderfield said.

For those looking to shop, the Sanibel Outlets will have a sidewalk sale June 17-18. Every store will have select merchandise 40-70 percent off.

"(Dads) can look, eat and nibble and moms can shop," Holderfield said.

The registration fee for the car show is $20. Admission is free to the public. Sign ups are welcome until the day of the show. For more information or to register, call (239) 454-1974 or email info-hotchilirods@aol.com.

All proceeds from the car show will go directly to the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South's scholarship fund.

"We'd like to welcome people to come by and pick up a coupon book and take a look and vote for people's choice and just be supportive of the car club," Holderfield said.

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