In 2014, Scott Britz decided to put on a car show to benefit the American Heart Association to honor his father and nephew, both of whom passed away from heart disease several years ago. The modest show was a success, raising more than $1,800 for the organization. In 2015, he repeated the event and was able to raise upwards of $3,000 for the AHA and was able to show off over 100 cars with plenty of excess activity. Now, Hot Rods 4 Hearts is entering its third year with an Aug. 27 show at Griot’s Garage, 3333 S. 38th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Britz is hoping the event continues to grow.
“Last year was phenomenal. We jumped from a 41 car show to 106, we had 51 people wander through the first year to last year we had somewhere between 800-900 people. I was blown away,” Britz said.
What sets Hot Rods 4 Hearts apart is an emphasis on a whole day’s worth of activities. While looking at the cars is the main attraction, Britz organizes the event to be fun for the whole family with a variety of entertainment. Food vendors, face painters and entertainers are all a part of the fun. Britz wants to have families be able to enjoy a fun event without overspending.
“My main objective this year is I want to try to keep it to where your common guy can go through and afford to bring the kids in and have a day of fun with the family without breaking the bank. We’re trying to keep everything price efficient and still make money for the Heart Association,” Britz.
Hot Rods 4 Hearts will have two live bands this year, Aberlour and The Beloved Worm, to provide additional fun for the day. Funds will also be collected from the sale of merchandise, with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association. T-shirts are $10 or two for $15, and new this year are $10 commemorative coins. Steph’s Pizza returns this year for families to enjoy a bite while they browse the cars. Also new this year will be a food drive for The Blessing, a food bank located in Fircrest.
The emphasis on kids is something Britz prides himself on. Performers from Emerald Kingdom Parties will be hanging out throughout the show, portraying Disney princesses and superheroes. Combine this with the carnival like activities, and kids will be far from bored. Britz is pleased that this emphasis doesn’t take away from the main attraction.
“We had a lot of people coming through and we didn’t have any complaints with kids touching cars. It was great,” he said.
Admission to Hot Rods 4 Hearts is free, but events like raffles will give patrons a chance to donate to the organization. Registering a car for the event is $15, and trophies will be given out for categories like “best of show,” and there are no restrictions for what kind of car you can show off – if it has wheels, an engine and it’s your baby, you can enter. Britz is hoping for an even bigger show than last year, aiming for over 120 cars and $4,000 raised for the AHA.
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