Our main goal for the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar events is to raise funds for our twenty programs serving children and families that have been affected by trauma. It is also important to us to have unique and interesting motorcar events orientated for the whole family. What began as an idea to show a selection of vintage cars 26 years ago at an anniversary event has developed into an incredible way for us to make new friends and share our mission, while also highlighting unique and rarely-seen automobiles.
This year we’ve successfully expanded our once-a-year Vintage Motorcar Festival into the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Series, now five shows from April to October. Sponsors have enjoyed additional benefits with the change, like sponsoring the whole series, giving them 5 opportunities to demonstrate their concern for children and families over 7 months.
In addition to our regular traditional car show and the display of pre-war automobiles, each show now has its own special focus of cars. For April we had a special display of more than 35 Ford Model A’s. In June, we had a very successful Concours d’Elegance of 60 pre-war cars. September will have a Concorso of super cars and a display of station wagons and woodies from the rained-out May event. Finally, October will have a display of vintage trucks. Spectators who come to each show will always have something new to see.
In the Series format, we have the opportunity to focus on individual programs within Klingberg at each event–our mentoring program, our foster care program, autism awareness, our outpatient clinic, and the Raymond Hill School. We had half a dozen people express interest in becoming mentors, and one family has expressed interest in becoming a foster family.
Another positive change we’ve made is that, instead of delivering and presenting trophies throughout the events with little fanfare, we have the car drive up to the trophy table and present the trophy in front of spectators. This way everyone gets to see the car in motion and share in the celebration of amazing vintage vehicles.
These are a lot of big changes to the way we do events, and, for some, change can be hard, but change is also good. We thank you for your patience with us as we work on changing our format to better serve the children and families we work with. See you in September!