lassic cars sit on display outside of Moose  Winooski’s in downtown Clawson during the Clawson Lions Club’s Down on Main Street car show last year.

lassic cars sit on display outside of Moose Winooski’s in downtown Clawson during the Clawson Lions Club’s Down on Main Street car show last year.

File photo by Donna Agusti

Clawson revs up for 21st annual Lions Club car show

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published August 7, 2019


CLAWSON — The 2.2-square-mile city of Clawson prides itself on being the “little city with a big heart,” and the annual Lions Club charity car show is a prime example of that motto.

Now in its 21st year, the Down on Main Street car show will take place along Main Street, from 14 Mile Road to Chippewa Street, on Saturday, Aug. 10. The free event is open to all and is the Clawson Lions Club’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The cost to register a vehicle is $20, and all of the proceeds will benefit charitable organizations, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Beaumont Silent Children’s Speech Fund and the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

Show vehicles should enter at the Clawson city parking lot 200 feet west of Main Street on the south side of 14 Mile Road. Registration will take place 8-11 a.m., and judging will begin at 9 a.m.

The Lions Club welcomes all makes and models of vehicles, including cars, trucks, classics, customs, motorcycles, motor homes, campers, boats, tow trucks and more. It generally draws up to 400 vehicles and approximately 5,000 visitors.

New this year, The Church at Clawson, 655 S. Main St., will host a variety of children’s activities in its parking lot, including face painting, a bounce house, games, a basketball shootout and a cornhole tournament. It will also sell food, including hot dogs and brats.

Howie Airriess, chair of the car show and a Clawson councilman, created the car show as a way to bring more attention to Clawson’s downtown and as an additional fundraiser for the Lions Club. Its timing the week before the Woodward Dream Cruise is no coincidence.

Co-chair Clive Brown said the show attracts car enthusiasts from all over the country who travel to Michigan for the Dream Cruise.

He said the street and sidewalks bustle with pedestrians and a number of vendors, including a tin sign vendor, a Woodward Avenue memorabilia vendor and the Knights of Columbus selling refreshments.

“We just ask people to not ride their bicycles (during the event),” Brown said. “We don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

Throughout the day, a DJ will spin tunes from the 1950s and ’60s, and the Clawson Lions Club will dole out approximately 300 trophies.

“Walk up and enjoy yourself,” he said. “It’s a wonderful event to meet new friends, old friends or family you haven’t seen in a while.”

Airiess said the American Legion and veterans would do a march at 1 p.m., as well as perform a 21-gun salute and play taps.

“We just hope and pray for good weather,” he said. “Rain or shine, we do it.”

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Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.