One of the country’s largest indoor running car shows kicks off today in Wichita.
The car show started in 1957 by car builder Darryl Starbird. It turned into a charity event in 2011, when it was bought by the organization Cars for Charities.
The organization is a group of car lovers, who also have a passion for giving back to the community.
“A hundred percent of our proceeds that we raise this weekend go to two local charities here in Wichita,” explained board president Tim Delvin.
Attendees can view around 400 cars from all over the country, while helping The ARC of Sedgwick County and Starkey. The two organizations serve individuals with mental disabilities.
According to Delvin, the event raised around $110,000. He is hoping to beat that amount at this weekend’s show.
The event is more than just a show, according to Delvin.
It’s a way to give back to local organizations that need the extra help.
“Everything that we do here this weekend — so anybody that comes through the door, any of our sponsors, they’re all here to help our charities,” said Delvin. “We’ve got 100% of a volunteer army. Everyone you see running around here this weekend is a volunteer, so they’re here to help and support these charities.”
While most people know Cars for Charities gives back to the community, some don’t know organizers host a career fair for high school students before the show starts.
The organization invites high school juniors and seniors in tech programs to hear from professionals in the automotive industry, and stop by different college stations that offer tech programs.
Devlin said he’s noticed vocational tech and technical trade programs are disappearing in high school. However, there are many young people that want to enter the field.
“We want to make sure that they understand that the automotive industry isn’t just ‘I wanna go turn a wrench.’ There’s way more to the car world then just that, and we want to introduce them to that,” Delvin said.
After the career fair, the Cars for Charities event opens to the public from noon to 9 p.m. It reopens Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the winners of the car competition announced at 4 p.m. The event is inside Century II’s convention center.
- Adults: $14
- Juniors (12–17): $8
- Children (11 and younger): Free