Going back in time

Written by Kelly Ducote / The Observer July 08, 2013 10:38 am

Dave McClay, left, and Arlan Miesner, both of La Grande, check out McClay’s 1954 Willy’s Ace Deluxe at the Union County Timber Cruisers’ Friday Night Cruise-In. About 100 classic cars will line Adams Avenue this weekend for Grande-Ronde-A-View. (Phil Bullock/The Observer)
Dave McClay, left, and Arlan Miesner, both of La Grande, check out McClay’s 1954 Willy’s Ace Deluxe at the Union County Timber Cruisers’ Friday Night Cruise-In. About 100 classic cars will line Adams Avenue this weekend for Grande-Ronde-A-View. (Phil Bullock/The Observer)
 

Classic cars to take over downtown during annual Grande-Ronde-A-View Weekend Car Show 

Adams Avenue will look like a scene from yesteryear this weekend.

La Grande’s historic district will be filled with classic cars in town for the Grande-Ronde-A-View Weekend Car Show.

Old vehicles from several states, including Oregon, Washington and Idaho, will be in town for the weekend event.

“We have had a car from British Columbia,” said Arlan Miesner, who is organizing the event with his wife, Mary Ann Miesner, for the Union County Timber Cruisers Car Club. “You never know who will show up.”

Registration for the cars will be Friday night and Saturday morning, but the public is welcome to view the hot rods as they come into town. The car show will be set up on Depot Street Friday but will line Adams on Saturday. 

Arlan Miesner said he is expecting at least 100 cars for the seventh annual event. This is the fifth year for the show to be held in La Grande in conjunction with Crazy Days downtown.

“We moved to La Grande five years ago for sponsorship,” Miesner said. Without the help of M.J. Goss and Baxter Auto Parts, the event would not be nearly as big as it is and wouldn’t be a two-day event that brings money to the community, he said.

The sponsors help the club pay for prizes, show trophies and a dinner for the car show entrants, and other downtown businesses make the public raffle possible.

“(The raffle prizes) are very generously donated by our downtown merchants,” said car club president John Bozarth.

The business participation makes the event a good fit for Crazy Days, since the two-day event focuses on getting downtown merchants active and “crazy,” said Main Street Coordinator Alana Garner.

“We just want all the downtown businesses to have fun, be creative,” she said.

And a big part of that fun comes from collaboration.

“(The partnership) draws that many more people downtown,” Bozarth said.

Car show awards will be given out Saturday afternoon, but a cruise-in Saturday night will be held from
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“People are invited to watch the cars cruise down Adams,” Mary Ann Miesner said. 

They plan to have 40 cars in the cruise-in “easily.” The cruise will begin at Texaco.

Bozarth said the car club is growing, thanks to active participation. The club has approximately 50 members, many of whom gather at Texaco on Friday evenings for weekly cruise-ins.

“Anyone is welcome (to the cruise-ins),” Arlan Miesner said.

“If you have a classic car, bring it,” Mary Ann added. If not, the public is invited to the hot dog barbecue and to see the cars all the same.

“Our club is the kind that likes to drive,” Arlan said. “They don’t just sit and look at them.”

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