Annabelle Sorensen, 8, of Royal Oak, rides a scooter during the Clawson Lions Club’s Down on Main Street car show last year. The car show will take place Aug. 11 this year.

Annabelle Sorensen, 8, of Royal Oak, rides a scooter during the Clawson Lions Club’s Down on Main Street car show last year. The car show will take place Aug. 11 this year.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Clawson Lions Club’s 20th annual car show to hit Main Street

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published August 6, 2018

 Kevin Cassidy and his son, Christopher, 3, of Clawson, check out the cars during the Down on Main Street car show last year.

Kevin Cassidy and his son, Christopher, 3, of Clawson, check out the cars during the Down on Main Street car show last year.

File photo by Donna Agusti

CLAWSON — On Saturday, Aug. 11, the Clawson Lions Club will welcome all makes and models of vehicles to participate in the 20th annual Down on Main Street car show.

The city will close off a half-mile of Main Street, from 14 Mile Road to Chippewa Street, and cars will line both sides of the road for the free family-friendly event.

Organizers said that event registration will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Judging will begin at 9 a.m., and spectators are advised to arrive after 10 a.m. to avoid display setup and traffic.

Howie Airriess, chair of the car show and a Clawson councilman, said that he started the car show 20 years ago as a way to bring more attention to Clawson’s downtown, and as an additional fundraiser for the Lions Club.

Clive Brown, co-chair of the car show, said that the event has grown over the years into a hometown staple.

“It’s all weather-dependent on how the show lines up to be,” Brown said. “We’ve had as few as 200 and as many as 500 participants. With the show, there’s no telling.”

Airriess said the car show draws a crowd of approximately 6,000-8,000 people annually, and DJ Rockin’ Ronnie spins tunes from the 1950s and ’60s throughout the day.

New this year, Airriess said, the Lions KidsSight USA Foundation will bring a trailer and provide community eye screenings for children ages 6 months to 6 years.

“We have, like, 300 trophies,” he added. “It’s a lot of work, but we have a lot of fun.”

Brown said the event, which takes place the Saturday before the Woodward Dream Cruise, draws people from all over, including those from out of town who are in the area for the Dream Cruise.

“Because this is a charity car show, we open it up to anything,” he said. “If somebody wants to bring in a lawnmower, and if somebody wants to bring in an airplane, we’ll find a place to put it.”

Over the past 20 years, Brown said, the show has accepted a couple of campers, motorcycles and go-karts. 

“We’re really not fussy,” he said. “The cars don’t have to be finished or painted yet. Some people have such a unique display that it will catch somebody’s eye.”

The cost to register for the car show is $20 per vehicle, and the proceeds benefit approximately 20 different charities, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Penrickton Center for Blind Children and the Beaumont Silent Children Fund.

Brown said the Lions Club will hold several raffles throughout the day and that the event is a great place for car enthusiasts to network and mingle.

“It’s just a great day,” he said. “You can go up and down that corridor, and all of the eateries and downtown Clawson businesses are open, so you can wear yourself out with overindulging with food and beverage.”

For more information, email info@clawsonlions.org or visit www.grzebienik.com/clawson_lions/carshow.html.