Classic, restored and customized cars were on display Saturday at Memorial Park for the annual Cruise, Shine and Show hosted by the Colonel Cody car club of North Platte.
It was the 25th year of the show. About 150 entries came from surrounding states and as far away as Tucson, Ariz., organizers said.
The show has been held downtown in the past, but moved to the park so people could enjoy more shade, organizers said. The cars fit comfortably in the park and along neighboring Third St.
Isai and Chawnta Zuniga of North Platte won the Mid-Plains Community College raffle car, a big feature of the show.
Nearly 90 trophies are awarded in the nine divisions, including special awards in such categories as best engine, best interior and best paint.
One car owner lost an engine on their way to the show, and was expected to receive the annual “hard luck” trophy as a show of support.
For the raffle car, Zuniga said he purchased 12 tickets this year for the 1969 Ford Mustang convertible. He’s bought about a dozen tickets in each of the last three years.
“It’s pretty easy to spend the money on tickets when you know it’s going to a good cause like scholarships,” his wife Chawnta said. “We both had scholarships that helped us get through college. Now we have the opportunity to help out someone else.”
Tickets cost $10 each. About 7,000 tickets were sold, college spokeswoman Heather Johnson said. Proceeds go to scholarships for students in programs and to help offset the cost of producing the next raffle car. MPCC transportation students rebuild a car each year from the ground up.
Isai, who paints houses for a living, said he had good vibes all along about his chances. Chawnta said her husband insisted she come along Saturday and hold the tickets to bring good luck.
Chairman Todd Freeburg said virtually the entire Colonel Cody Car Club is involved in putting on the show, and members enjoy making friends across several states.
“We’ve seen a lot of old friends, and new friends too,” Freeburg said Saturday afternoon.