Dowagiac Chamber Assembling 28th Annual Rod & Roll Classic Auto Show

Summer in the city is never complete until at least one classic car show has rolled onto the streets, and that day is coming for the community of Dowagiac next month when the 28th Annual Dowagiac Rod & Roll Classic Auto Show will take to the streets thanks to the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce.

Plans for the big show are underway, under the guidance of Chamber Treasurer & Event Chair Kris Soenen, owner of Who Knew? Consignment. Soenen is heading up the event, assisted by Board member Schantel Myers of Chemical Bank, and Jim Kazlauskas, owner of Jim D’s Body Shop.

More than 200 classic cars will drive in from all over Michigan’s Great Southwest and Northern Indiana on Saturday, August 18th, as they vie for the Best of Show or at least a Top 20 finish. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk shop with car owners, view beautifully-restored vehicles and partake in the French Toast Breakfast on Front Street, hosted by Jordan Anderson, owner of The Baker’s Rhapsody.

New this year, children will enjoy a Touch a Truck event within Twistees’ parking lot, organized by Debenwethek Parent Group of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.  The Trophy Ride begins at 2 pm on show day.  the show gate for cars and registration opens at 7 am that day.

Corporate trophy sponsors include:

  • Barry’s Automotive
  • Creative Vinyl Signs
  • Dowsett Chiropractic Health Center
  • Flint’s Auto Repair
  • John & Curt’s Brake & Alignment
  • Myer’s Forklift
  • Peggy Hamilton
  • True’s Towing
  • Who Knew Consignment
  • Wolverine Mutual Insurance

Chemical Bank is underwriting the participant dash plaques, with corporate sponsors of the event coffee mugs being:

  • C. Wimberley Automotive Group
  • Imperial Furniture
  • Mahar Insurance
  • True’s Towing

Corporate sponsors of the event crewneck shirts are:

  • Ausra Equipment
  • Creative Vinyl Signs
  • Division Tire
  • Dowagiac Auto Service
  • Hale’s Hardware
  • Jim D’s Body Shop
  • Kemner Iott Benz Insurance
  • Lindy’s Restaurant
  • Mosier Well Drilling
  • Oil Can Alley
  • Ridge / Napa
  • Symonds Machine Co.
  • True’s Towing
  • Wings, etc.

To register for the show, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 782.8212.