Family, food, friends and cars

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By Kirstie Kipfmiller
Lansing Star staff writer

Cars of all different colors, makes, models and class came to Lansing, Mich., to compete in its first annual car show organized by Outta Control Car Club. On Sunday, Sept. 25, the club, who has hosted shows in Saginaw, Mich., for the past eight years, decided to expand and share their passion with the Lansing area.

“It’s just, ya know, a lot of people that like cars, fixing up their cars, and showing them off,” said an Outta Control Car Club member, who wishes to remain anonymous.

The event began at 11 a.m. and lasted until 6 p.m. In order to participate, car owners had to arrive at 8 a.m. to register their vehicles for $20. Some competitors came as individuals, and others came with their own car club. Once registered, cars were split into appropriate categories and classes such as original, mild, and wild. The cars were judged throughout the day by Outta Control members and gawked at by passing spectators.

Along with a little friendly competition, the day was ultimately about getting the community out together and engaging in family-friendly activities. Outta Control provided a bounce house for the children, food, games and numerous raffles. With more than 300 tickets sold, the biggest raffle prize was a donated 1979 Cadillac.

“At first, I didn’t think it was real,” said winner Phil Berryhill of Grand Ledge, Mich., who purchased his $20 raffle ticket three weeks prior. “I thought he was pulling my leg. That’s when I called back, and he said, ‘Yeah.’ So, we hustled down here.”

Other prizes ranged from dinner and a movie to oil changes, a new radio and many others. The day also consisted of fun events and activities such as tug-of-war, a jalapeño eating contest, a three-legged race and even dunking an Outta Control member to benefit the community centers here in Lansing.

At the end of the show, prizes and trophies were distributed in each category. The biggest and most anticipated category was saved for last – best in show. Kicking off the first annual car show, Leslie, Mich., resident Casey Curtis took home the winning trophy.

“I never thought I’d get best in show here,” said Curtis. “There’s a lot of nice stuff.”

With his 1979 Chevrolet El Camino, Curtis and his son, Collin, took home three awards total- best in show, best undercarriage, and 2nd place in the ’70 wild.

As a father-son project, the two are looking forward to doing more shows in the future.

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