Sept. 11, 2019 — Florence is putting the pedal to the metal for the 12th annual Rods ‘N’ Rhodies Car Show and Community-wide Garage Sale Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 to 14.
The event, organized by the new Rods ‘N’ Rhodies Inc, showcases more than 100 of the best high-end hot rods and custom cruisers from the West Coast as well as custom rat rods. The Community-wide Garage Sale, organized by the Siuslaw News, features dozens of private and commercial garage sales all over town.
Florence is a hub for local car enthusiasts. Local car clubs include the Rhody Cruisers, Oregon Coast Hot Rods, Beach
Komber Car Club, Central Oregon Coast British Car Club and the Military Vehicle Group.
Rods ‘N’ Rhodies comes at the tail-end of the cruiser season in Florence, with regular events, meetups and cruises such as the Rhododendron Festival, Wings & Wheels Fly-In and Car Show, Rods ‘N’ Rhodies and Rhody Cruisers Classic Car Stand-Around in June.
Many local cars, as well as invited cars from outside the region, will be on display first on Friday for the all-comers “Pre-Show Stand-Around” show-and-shine at the Port of Siuslaw parking lot at the east end of Bay Street. Owners of any classic car are welcome to exhibit. Check-in for this free event begins at noon and the event ends at 6 p.m.
Get the party started with music by DJ Russ Strohmeyer. People will also be able to buy Rods ‘N’ Rhodies official shirts and tickets into the weekend’s raffle.
Participants in Rods ‘N’ Rhodies will also be able to pick up their registration packets.
“It’s always a great party,” organizers say. “It’s a stand-around, so there aren’t any awards. It’s a chance for people to check out the classic cars, talk and have a good time.”
The Car Show moves to Historic Old Town Florence for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. where the high-end rides will be on display again. A poker walk, raffles, a Pinewood Derby open to the public to enter ($5 fee) and live DJ music will add to the excitement.
Classic car admirers are encouraged to vote for Best of Show, Children’s Choice and People’s Choice Awards through 3 p.m.
The show also features raffle tickets for the pedal car and other prizes, face painting and cool music and announcements by DJ Russ Strohmeyer. Raffle tickets will be pulled every half hour for a variety of prizes, including T-shirts, gift cards, sandboard rentals, car collectibles and even Oregon State University football tickets.
At 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Dancing Divas will twist and turn to classic car songs.
Then, starting at 4 p.m., will be the announcement of the Merchant Awards, People’s Choice, Children’s Choice and Best Of Show Presentation, as well as the final raffle drawings.
The official car cruise will wind its way through Old Town to the sounds of ’50s and ’60s music starting at 5 p.m. “Low and slow is the goal” for the classic cars as they loop down Bay Street. The community is encouraged to grab an outdoor table at one of Old Town’s delicious eateries to view, or pull up a chair on the sidewalk.
For those interested in classics beyond the cars, the Community-wide Garage Sale begins Friday and continues throughout the weekend. Bargain hunters can seek their own treasures by following the map provided in this special section and at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center. Each official sale provided a listing of the items at their sales, which should help people narrow down their destinations and plot their paths.
For more information about Rods ‘N’ Rhodies, visit rodsnrhodies.org.