WANT TO GO?
Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop
WHERE: Kanawha Boulevard from Capitol Street to Magic Island
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
COST: FreeINFO: Call 888-436-6967 or visit www.charlestonwvcarshow.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jim Winter doesn't want anyone think the annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop is just for race fans, classic car nuts or hardcore gearheads who live and breathe high octane. There's something for just about everyone -- at least, that's what he thinks.
Winter, the vice president of the Rod Run, said, "We've really made this thing to be for a broad audience."
The festival kicks off its eighth year in Charleston Thursday with attractions, activities, vendors and approximately 1,000 classic cars on Kanawha Boulevard, stretching from Capitol Street to Magic Island.
For younger audiences, the festival will have inflatable slides and Jupiter Jumps, as well as a balloon animal-constructing clown.
"And kids get a kick out of monster trucks," Winter said. "We're going to have Big Foot at Magic Island, and Saturday afternoon we're going to give it eight cars to crush."
These, Winter promised, would be junkers, not the show cars on display all weekend long.
The VP of the Rod Run also thought most people would be impressed by some of the festivals demonstrations. Givens Machine Shop will be assembling a small block engine Saturday at 2:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by the Nitro Antique Car Club.
Winter said, "We're going to take a pile of rusty parts, and, in under five minutes, we're going to build a running, driving Model T-Ford."
The Nitro Antique Club will do this with only seven men.