QUINCY -- A sure sign that summer will soon be ending is, ironically, the Endless Summer Car Show at the Illinois Veterans Home.
The 19th annual event, which raises money for the home's activities fund, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, on the home's campus at 12th and Locust.
"We usually make between $5,000 and $6,000 for the veterans," said Charlie Ledbetter of the Tri-State Lugnuts Car Club, which has coordinated the event since its inception.
The event is traditionally held the Sunday after Labor Day, with money raised going for such items as a bingo machine, jukebox, multiple big-screen televisions, popcorn makers, a gazebo, additional entertainment items and various supplies for the veterans.
The car show has raised more than $90,000 over the years, which has Ledbetter already excited about 2019.
"We're hoping we can pass the $100,000 mark next year," he said.
A record classic car and truck count is expected for this year's show.
"We had 232 a year ago, and we're hoping to top that number Sunday," Ledbetter said.
Major sponsors include Delta Tire and Custom Wheel, the Bump Shop, the Tranny Clinic, Y101 radio, Quincy Auto Supply and the Quincy Mall.
Special awards will be handed out, plus a set of new tires donated by Delta.
Judging for awards is done using a points system. Awards will include long distance, veterans choice, club participation and the Paul Steinkoenig Memorial Award sponsored by Delta Tire.
Day-of-the-event registration cost is $20. Vendor space is $25.
The All Wars Museum at the home will be open during the show.
Ledbetter said the show allows car enthusiasts to enjoy the day while raising funds for a good cause.
"It's a win-win situation," he said.
Questions should be directed to 217-242-8240, 217-653-7857 or the club's website at tri-statelugnuts.org. Information also is on the club's Facebook page.