The gray skies looming over the Saline County Fairground did not keep the cars or crowds away from the Memory Lane Auto Fest Monday.
Organizer Brad Crick estimated there were about 180 cars participating compared to 187 last year.
“We were expecting 300 cars,” Crick said.
Another car show north of the area shut down freeing up about 200 demonstrators, but not all were willing to drive down to Harrisburg.
Jim Hutchison of McLeansboro was nervous about the weather. A member of the Kingsmen Auto Club, he drove his 1965 Chevelle through the weather and found a problem.
“I tried the wipers and they didn’t work. I hadn’t used them in two years, but I came on,” Hutchison said.
Logan Crowley drove his customized Ford F-150 in from Dexter, Mo. A few years ago he wrecked the truck and when he learned the difference in cost between repairing it the traditional way and customizing it was small, he decided to fix it up his own way.
The truck is airbrushed with skulls beneath the hood, has a lowering kit and the engine is completely custom built.
Rick Tygett of Sesser brought his 1933 Wilys Coupe to the show. Originally a street car, Tygett has added flames and a new grill to it.
For Crick, the show was a successful Labor Day celebration for the area and gave an opportunity to do some charity work.
Liberty Utilities was selling food to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Memory Lane Auto Fest was donating some of its proceeds to that cause.
The car show also honored a local car enthusiast who lost his life recently in a crash.
An award was being given to one participant in honor of Vince Ashley, Harrisburg Medical Center president and CEO.
“He was a car lover and a bike lover,” Crick said.