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SHINING AGAIN

Alley Cats Car show reignites Saturday at All American

By: Bill Sullivan
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Know and Go:

What: Alley Cats Night of the Revving Dead Car Show

When: 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: All American Speedway/ @ the Grounds

Admission: Free

A year ago, the local Alley Cats Car Club were feeling much like deserted stray cats when it seemed as if everything was going wrong involving their annual car show that had taken place at the local fairgrounds in Roseville for the previous seven years.   Less than two weeks before the event, the popular car show group no longer had a home.

“It was pretty devastating to us as a club. We came out here two weeks before the event and learned we no longer had a contract, the management was changing and basically we were out of luck,” said club President Jake Bryant.  “We had to scurry around and find a makeshift venue at the last minute, we lost a lot of entries and a lot of spectators that just got frustrated or confused in the whole ordeal.”

Monday afternoon, Bryant was smiling along with his father, Jerry, as he walked through the lush lawns and various areas of the newly remodeled @ the Grounds e formerly known as the Placer County Fairgrounds.  One year after his club held a last-minute show in a dirt lot in Gibson Ranch and was facing some uncertainty, club members are being welcomed back, thanks to the continued efforts by Placer Valley Tourism and Bill McAnally Racing Promotions.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to come back to this venue again,” said Bryant. “When we started working with Placer Valley Tourism to rebuild this event, they introduced me to Bill McAnally and told me he could really help us make this a great event. After that, the rest is history.”

Earlier this year, McAnally signed a long-term agreement with Placer Valley Tourism to manage the once- ailing All American Speedway that is located on site. When the lights came back on in June, the pit area was packed with cars and the grandstands were filled to near capacity and the facility was once facing closure came back to life.

This Saturday, All American Speedway will host its third event of the season and one of its biggest races so far in 2018. Inflated winnings are up for grabs in many of the racing divisions and the popular $1,000 to win Riebes Auto Parts Trailer Bash returns.  Among the festivities will be the Alley Cats ninth annual “Night of the Revving Dead Car Show,” which will be revving to the tune of some 150 classic cars or more on display throughout the grounds.

“In all our shows, we have always had 100 cars or more. This one, we are expecting 150 or more,” said Bryant. “We have done some additional advertising and teaming up with the speedway as this has a lot of people excited. I would love to see us get to nearly 200 cars and that may happen.”

Saturday’s show begins at 3 p.m. and will continue until 10 p.m.  In addition to the many classic American cars and hot rods on display will be several vendors with everything from custom clothing to good eats. Two bands will perform music throughout the show as well.

“We will be showing early enough that race fans can come see the cars before the race, during the race and event and enjoy it as they leave the races,” added Bryant. “It’s going to be a fun event for everyone and we’re just happy to be back home.”

Attending Saturday’s car show is free. Those wishing to enter their pre-1972 car can show up and get a space for $20.  The Alley Cats Car Club works to fundraise for various charities throughout the year with all of their events, often supporting various animal rescue nonprofits, Toys for Tots and other organizations.

“We try to support local animal causes and others as much as possible,” added Bryant. “We don’t do this to make money. I have loved working on cars since I was 5 years old and there’s a lot of people like me. We just want them to come out and have a great time.”

For more information on entering Saturday’s car show, Bryant can be reached at 916-717-7039. The Alley Cats Car Club can also be found on Facebook for more information.  

“We’re very excited to have the Alley Cats car show join us this Saturday,” said McAnally. “ It’s a great tie for all the race fans to see the hot rods and custom classics.  The Race fans always enjoy that so we hope to see a lot of folks come out and show their support.”

For more details on Saturday’s big race, see today’s sports section.