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Published September 19, 2010, 05:59 PM

Rydell Holds 5th Annual Benefit Car Show

A benefit car show for the Make-A-Wish Foundation brings car lovers from all over to Grand Forks.

A benefit car show for the Make-A-Wish Foundation brings car lovers from all over to Grand Forks.

Car owners say the event is a good time for a great cause.

Sparkling new paint, shiny new engines and glistening headlights all for a good cause.

"Each year we have the employees vote for which fundraiser they want to support," Rydell manager Brian Rydell said.

And this year Rydell Auto Center is raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

This is the 5th year the dealership has held the car show and this year managers say almost 300 cars are registered.

"We had customers here showing up at 5 in the morning waiting in line to be the first ones to park their cars inside the car show," Rydell said.

People come from all over the Midwest to take part in the show to rev up their cars and motorcycles.

"I kind of favor the Harley Davidson of course, that's what I collect," bike owner Timothy Gowan said.

A 1959 Harley Davidson Servi-car he bought to impress a lady.

"I acquired this back in the mid-80's and put it together for my wife to drive. She drove it that first year and it's been sitting there ever since," Gowan said.

Although some of these classics are just owned for bragging rights, others are driving around almost everyday.

"What do I like about this car? It's loud and it's fast. The ladies love the color and the guys like the motor," classic car owner Reinhard Wilzer said.

No matter what from of transportation you prefer, the car show has something for everyone.

"We all have kind of the same interests, we get caught up in some of the things that are happening in the car industry and just finding out what's happening," Wilzer said.

"It's just fun being out with everyone else who's got bikes or cars. It's just fun mingling with people and enjoyable," Gowan said.

Enjoyable for car lovers to come together, show off their hard work, and raise money for children in need.

Last year the car show raised over $43,000 for Altru Cancer Center.

This year, organizers are hoping to raise even more.

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