Laid-Back Car Club is gearing up for its annual car show this Saturday, and unofficial president Bill Barker hopes it’ll be the biggest one yet.
The club opted to push the show back a weekend so it didn’t coincide with the Rigby show. Now maybe those Jefferson County car lovers will join other regional rodders and mosey up to Teton Valley where the living is easy. The Laid-Back Car Show has tripled in size since it moved from in front of the Knotty Pine to the pleasant shade of the Victor City Park three years ago; last year there were 61 cars in the park.
“Lots of people stop and look at the cars,” Barker said. “It’s a good community event for Victor.”
Truck buffs and rod restorers gather to show off their projects, win awards for best classics or mods, and then cruise en masse up picturesque Ski Hill Road. Because the show is put on by Laid-Back, the $25 registration fee comes with a shirt, complete with classic Americana art, of course. This year Hondo Miller, the owner of Laid-Back, is even throwing an after-party for participants.
For a change of tone, DJ Cut la Whut will be spinning discs in the park. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the awards ceremony is at 3 p.m. Admission is free for the public, so come on by at any point during the day of July 27. The Knotty won’t be catering the show this year, but Barker said there’s plenty of food to be had within a three-block radius of the park.
The show is sponsored by MD Nursery, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and the Jackson Rod Run. Local businesses have donated over a thousand dollars’ worth of raffle prizes. After the club pays its expenses, all money raised goes to its chosen cause, the Family Safety Network. Barker is please to say that the show’s contribution to the nonprofit has increased every year.
What’s the coolest car at the show? That’s impossible to say, Barker mused. There have been some impressive restomods (old school bodies with modern engines hidden inside) and cool trucks, and Barker will be bringing his own favorite, the ‘57 Chevy Bel Air.
“I like them all,” he finally said with a laugh.