“Anything that goes ‘vroom, vroom, vroom'”: Mayfest Car Show gives back, brings people and cars of all ages together

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – For three decades, the Mayfest Car Show has been welcoming people and cars of all ages, and the HIWAY RODDERS use it as a tool to give back to the community. 

HIWAY RODDERS President Mike Wortmann described the various ways the car club gives back. 

“We have some local families [that] we get some Christmas gifts, but also families that lost a home during a fire, so we also donate to that,” he said. “We have also done Shop with a Cop and other various ones as well.” 

Wortmann said the children are at the root of what the club is all about. 

“To me, it’s all about the kids really because a car drives down the road, and a kid turns his head and looks,” he said. “That’s why we do it, because the passion for automobiles starts at a young age.” 

The 30th annual show featured about 120 vehicles, including Jamie Buchheit’s 1925 Ford Model T, which his grandfather originally purchased for $345.

“It’s not all pretty and special and shiny, but it is what it is,” Buchheit said. “It’s almost 100 years old, and we enjoy getting it out every chance we get.” 

And like many car enthusiasts, Buchheit’s passion started at a young age. 

“It’s always been kind of special,” he said. “My grandfather passed away when I was little, so I barely remember him, but I do remember riding in the car when I was little with him, so I had some pretty good memories back in the day, so it’s neat.” 

Buchheit says what he loves most about these shows is: “This right here, taking about the car, and teaching people how it runs and drives. It’s history, running history.” 

And so, no matter how old you are, or how old your car is, there is a place for you at the Mayfest Car Show.  

“Anything that goes ‘vroom vroom vroom,’” Wortmann said.

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