Tomball, Magnolia residents show off classic cars

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Classic cars like the one pictured above will be featured at the upcoming Tomball Night event on Aug. 1. Close to 200 cars are estimated to be displayed during the event in a the Tomball Marketplace parking lot, located near the southwest corner of SH 249 and FM 2920.

By Cheryl Garcia
Contributing Writer

Both Magnolia and Tomball are big on classic cars and hundreds of them are located in and around the cities. There are several annual classic car events geared toward family fun in the area. For car buffs or those who want to get a good look at autos from an earlier era, the classic car shows are a must-see.

The Tomball Lions Club hosts an annual classic car show at the Tomball Depot in April. Their latest event featured 100 auto entries.

The car show raises money for the charities Tomball Lions Club supports, including sending special needs children to a free week at the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, TX; providing eye exams and eyeglasses to needy children in the Tomball school systems; and supplying aid to special needs families in the Tomball area. In addition, the Lion’s Club was able to donate $3,000 in college scholarships to Tomball students. Lion’s Club president Al Gerhardt expects more of everything – cars, vendors, and activities – at the 2015 show, which is slated for April 12.
“We really want to expand it,” said Gerhardt, “the participants totally love doing this show.” To enter the next show, or learn more about the Tomball Lion’s Club, visit their website at www.tomballlionsclub.org.

April is a big month for car shows. In Magnolia, the Apostolic Tabernacle hosts a popular annual Spring Fling Classic Car Show. Last year’s event on April 12 had a trophy ceremony for winners and live auction as part of the benefit for the church.
The Niftee 50ees, a classic car show host based in Spring, will once again join the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce to bring featured autos to Tomball Night this coming August 1.
The event will be located in the Tomball Marketplace parking lot near FM 2920 and SH 249 (near Academy) and is expected to present more than 200 classic cars.
Niftee 50ees was created by Randy and  Molly Shannon in 2003 as a fun thing to do with their classic cars that reminded them of a favorite movie, “American Graffiti.” After starting with a handful of auto owners, the group now has more than 6,000 registered participants.

“This hobby for us really went crazy; so many people wanted to participate. It eventually turned into a business,” said Shannon.

The organization hosts a Saturday night “Cruise-in” in every weekend from March through November as a way for car owners to exhibit their vehicles and socialize. “Cruise-ins are different than auto shows because there are no prizes,” said Shannon. Cars must be from 1979 or earlier to participate in any of the Niftee 50ees classic car events.

Auto owners need to register with Niftee 50ees to participate in the Tomball Night car event (www.niftee50ees.com). In addition, Niftee 50ees will be back to host its popular Halloween event, the Monster Classic Cruise-in, on October 25 of this year.
Both events are free to the public and will  play oldies music to local classic car fans.