This will be a big birthday party with an automotive twist.
The Cruise-In Car Show is part of Redstone’s celebration Saturday for the Army’s 246th birthday. The celebration will be held from 5-9 p.m. at 2100 Redstone Gateway, outside Gate 9.
The car show is from 5:30-7:30 as people peruse the vehicles in the parking lot in front of the gateway eateries.
“That’s where people can walk around and vote for their favorite car. So we will have an official ballot for people to vote,” Stephanie Stone, marketing manager for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said.
The four competitive divisions include one for cars, one for trucks, one for motorcycles and then an overall best of show. “The (celebration) attendees are the judges,” Stone said.
There are first and second place prizes in each division. The first place winners will receive a $200 gift card while second place brings a $100 gift card.
Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor will present the commander’s cup trophy to the overall best of show winner at about 8.
The online registration for the free car show concluded June 7. Stone said they would like to see about 100 vehicles participate.
“This is a first for us. To my knowledge this is our first car show, especially an open to the public one,” she said.
“We wanted to basically involve the community in the Army birthday. And the car show is something that we always wanted to do. Because of COVID we weren’t sure we were going to be able to do this event until like April or May.”
De’Lisa Henderson is MWR’s event programmer.
Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Jimenez said he plans to bring his 1969 Chevy Chevelle to show but, as the command sergeant major, he won’t be competing for prizes.
“I’m bringing my ride,” Jimenez said. “I want to participate and show off my ride. It’s really because I can relate to Soldiers. Because after Soldiers return from deployment, they usually have a good amount of money saved up. And I think having the ability to spend some of that money on your personal ride allows for a freedom of expression.”
He restored this 1969 Chevy Chevelle, which used to be his high school car in El Paso, Texas.
Besides the car show, the celebration also includes a kids zone with inflatables, a fun walk or run around the lake;,a fireworks show which starts at 8:40, and crafts vendors. The event starts at 5 with a cake-cutting ceremony. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. They will also have sno cones, ice cream and lemonade. Admission is free and everyone is invited to help celebrate the Army’s 246th birthday.
“This is made possible by our sponsors,” Stone said, which include Redstone Gateway and CTG.