Auto show to improve children's health

By Beau Ebenezer

March 30, 2013 Updated Mar 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM CDT

PEKIN Ill -- Hundreds strolled through the 29th Annual Nostalgic Auto Show in Pekin to see many classic cars, some of which have been restored throughout the past century.

For the first time ever, the Avanti's Dome hosted the indoor show bringing back long time competitors for several award categories.

For some, it was also the first time for their hard work to receive the ultimate honor.

"I took the car to a cruise-in last summer, and one of the people that put it on approached me and asked me if I would like to be in it," said Washington resident, Carl Root. "It is an invitation only so not just anyone can bring their car unless they were invited."

Root started working on his 1963 Chevy II, five years ago from just the bare bones and he said that he is honored to be in the show along with contributing to a good cause.

The proceeds from the show go directly to the Children's Hospital of Illinois.

Organizers said last year, the hundreds of classic cars brought in over $1,000 for the hospital, and this year they are hoping for even more.

Hopedale resident, Rudy Urbano, is not too shy when it comes to auto shows.

He has been building cars since he was 16 years old, getting invited to a few shows himself including this one, showing off his modified 1937 Chevy Truck.

"My wife said that's my truck, and I want it girly," said Rudy. "Then, one of our friends said you know you ought to paint a picture of your dog on the tailgate. I was ready to kill him, and my wife said the picture was a great idea."

"Everything else is his, and this is truly a girly girl truck and people know it's mine," said Arlene. "I just come up with the color scheme, Rudy does all the work, and I drive him crazy."

So whether these die hard car lovers were there for some friendly competition, or just to have a good time and see these beauties, every cent raised still went towards helping children throughout the state.