2006-06-10 / People

Annual Car Show Ready To Begin June 22

St. Ignace Car Show coordinator Ed Reavie recently met with guest actress Cindy Williams of the movie "American Graffiti" and the hit television show "laverne & Shirley" and got this comment:

"Hopefully it won't snow," she said, acknowledging stories she'd heard about northern winters.

Mr. Reavie assured her that summer in Michigan is a great time for car shows. The 31st show takes place Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24.

Ms. Williams will be accompanied by "Happy Days" stars Anson Williams and Donny Most. All three actors live in the western United States and enjoy these opportunities to travel and meet their fans, Mr. Reavie added.

In other show news, General Motors has donated a 350 horsepower HO Deluxe engine that will be raffled by the St. Ignace Community Foundation at the auto show awards ceremony Saturday, June 24. All proceeds will benefit the St. Ignace Community Foundation. The $5 tickets will be available during the Down Memory Lane Parade Friday evening, at a GM Display tent across from First National Bank, and during the Saturday car display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on State Street.

Tickets may also be purchased in advance by sending your name, address, and a check or money order to St. Ignace Area Community Foundation, Engine Raffle, P.O. Box 151, St. Ignace, MI 49781. Purchasers should include a stamped, addressed envelope for prompt return of a ticket, and all ticket requests must be postmarked by Wednesday, June 14.

The winner need not be present to win. The engine will be delivered anywhere in the continental United States.

This particular engine is a good prize for car enthusiasts, Mr. Reavie said.

"Most cars at the car show have at least a 300 horsepower Chevy under the hood," he added "and if not, their owners want one." This is the second year General Motors has contributed an engine to the car show. Last year, the company gave away a 620 horsepower Chevrolet crate engine, valued at $17,000. Ticket sales generated $9,635 for the St. Ignace Public Library.

"It was almost a dragster motor," Mr. Reavie added. "It was just a monster engine."

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