LaSalle, IL May 6, 2018
by Rob Mullner, Chief Enthusiast
For the last 21 years, the first Sunday in May is time to cruise down to JC Whitney for the largest audience judged show in Central Illinois. This year, over 340 cars made the trek through non-car show weather to participate in one of over 30 classes covering the entire span of automotive history. The show field covered Model T to modern muscle cars and virtually everything in between. Fans of internal combustion would find something to delight in and there were more than a few vehicular unicorns to wow the crowd.
In addition to pulling in participants from all over the local area, an intrepid group of Jeepers from the Windy City Jeep Club made their way from Chicagoland to attend the show and were greeted with a special area to display their club pride and over 40 Jeeps.
The crowd enjoyed a classic Spring Illinois day with clouds and drizzle in the AM followed by a beautiful afternoon and 75 degrees featuring a blue sky punctuated with high clouds.
We added a few new features to the Show this year including Car Show Karaoke, a Corn hole Tournament and a cool truck topped bonce house for the kids. Many thanks to the brave souls who stepped up to serenade the crowd. JC Whitney gift certificates went to the top singers as judged by our guest vendors.
Speaking of vendors, a few of our top brands sent representatives to share their knowledge with the crowd of car enthusiasts assembled including JC Whitney Adventure Tour sponsors Rancho, Powerstop, Airlift and JW Speaker as well as Cequent, Anzo and Westin Automotive.
Once all of the ballots were tabulated the winners were announced and trophies were handed out to the top 3 vote getters in each class.
As is now customary, we invited the Best in Show winner and a few of our favorite cars to lay down a celebratory burnout in front of the original Warshawsky sign that once resided over the first Warshawsky location on State Street in downtown Chicago. To celebrate the JC Whitney centennial in 2015 we had the sign taken out of mothballs and mounted in front of the JC Whitney store adjacent to the distribution center in LaSalle; it continues to be a magnet for car nuts driving the I-80 corridor.
Please mark your calendar for May 5, 2019 for the 23rd Annual JC Whitney Car Show-and start practicing your favorite karaoke song!
Click here to see a complete list of car show class winners: