Make way for 9th annual car show, swap meet

HILLMAN — The 9th Annual Wheels Car Club Cruise Night and Car Show and Swap Meet are both this weekend in Hillman.

The Saturday night cruise kicks the event off at the Thunder Bay Resort from 4-7 p.m. There will between 30 and 40 cars for the cruise.

“It’s been an eight month process planning for this,” Wheels Car Club President Bill DeFisher said. “The women are doing most of the work and have been telling us men what to do so we can make this event a huge success.”

There will be a 50/50 drawing along with special trophies handed out. There will be five trophies presented with the five categories: Best engine, best paint, best truck, best car, and people’s choice.

The Thunder Bay Resort is the big sponsor for Saturday night.

The Car Show and Swap Meet are both on Sunday and will be located in the downtown Hillman parking lots on Second Street from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be between 90 and 100 cars for people to come and see.

Dash plaques will be handed out to the first 100 vehicles that register for the car show. The plaques are handed out to show what car shows cars and trucks have previously attended.

For the car show, there are over 30 car show classes for all of the vehicles. The classes range from cars that are original or restored, cars that are modified, trucks and vans, street rods, and other cars and trucks that are original or modified.

The special trophies will be handed out at the end of the car show at 3:30 p.m. There will be first and second place trophies for each class. A military award trophy is also being handed out.

“We had to collect a lot of donations to make this event possible,” DeFisher said. “The donations helped us pay for all the trophies that we are handing out this weekend.”

The proceeds from the car show will be donated to Hillman United Methodist Church for their Back to School Bash. The Wheels Car Club picks a different organization every year to donate the proceeds from the car show.

There will also be a 50/50 drawing at the swap meet with lots of prize giveaways, which will include toolboxes, tools, and cash. One toolbox will be reserved for participants who pre-register for the car show and the winner must be present in order to win.

The swap meet on Sunday is for people to come and sell old parts of their cars, like engines, mufflers, brakes, and whatever they want. The group said that the swap meet is like a mobile garage sale.

During the weekend, the cars will cruise through downtown so everyone can appreciate the older cars that are at the weekend event.

The entry fee for the car show is $15 for pre-registration while the entry fee for the day of the car show is $20. The entry fee for the swap meet is $5 and the weekend event will be held rain or shine.

The Wheels Car Club is always accepting new members.

Julie Goldberg can be reached via email at or by phone at 358-5688.