‘Cars are the Stars’ rev-up this weekend

Christine June
415th Base Support Battalion

***image1*** The 415th Base Support Battalion’s 21st Annual Cars are the Stars Street Machine National Auto Show happens this weekend at Pulaski Park.

“We are anticipating about 250 to 275 vehicles to be at this year’s show,” said Henry M. Roeder, 415th Base Support Battalion’s program manager. “This is what I call a generic show because we allow every type of vehicle.”

The show opens 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Car owners can begin registering their cars 8 a.m. Saturday at the 415th BSB Pulaski Automotive Skills Center.

Billed as the largest of its kind in Germany, this international auto show spotlights American, European and Asian cars, trucks and vans, according to Mr. Roeder.

“During this stressful time of deployments ‘Cars are the Stars’ provides an opportunity for Soldiers and Airmen to escape from reality of their day-to-day mission and participate in an event similar to being at home in the states,” he said.

Pre-judging takes place when the vehicles are registered, and final judging will take place on Sunday. Trophy presentation is 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Judges awarded 62 trophies and $1,600 cash prizes during last year’s award ceremony. Best and Overall Best will be awarded in each of the seven categories.

“We have added two new categories this year – sport compact vehicles and sport utility vehicles,” said Mr. Roeder, who started the car show in 1984.
The other categories are: stock, street machine, pro-street, custom and street rod.

“There will be lots of nice vehicles from stock to custom and anything in between,” said Mr. Roeder. “There will also be good food, beverages and music and a jumping castle for the kids throughout the weekend.”