A nything goes at the Penrhyn Engine and Hose Company’s annual Car Rally.
The rally, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Middle Granville Carnival Grounds, may just be the most inclusive car show in the region.
Members of the all-volunteer fire department don’t have a long list of qualifications that govern which vehicles can and cannot be entered in the show. In fact there is no list of qualifications at all. Organizers encourage people to bring their cars, motorcycles, tractors, rickshaws or even air planes.
“Whatever they want. We’d judge your dog house if you brought it down,” Bernie Emery, event spokesman, said.
Over the years the show has attracted everything from a Suzuki X-90 to a 1929 Hupmobile.
“The oddest thing we’ve ever had was a paper airplane,” Emery said. “They paid the money to get in so we stapled it to the fence and put it on display.”
Despite the occasional oddity, the show draws in a range of classic and unique vehicles.
Emery said the show typically attracts 30 to 75 vehicles, depending on the weather, and the cars on display represent the past 80 years in automotive history. There have been trucks that date back to the 1930s, muscle cars from the 60s and 70s and custom-made dune buggies assembled in the past five years.
And unlike many shows that have dozen of classes, Penrhyn’s Car Rally makes no such distinction. There’s no award for the Best Corvette or Best pre-1980 truck. All the cars are entered into a single class and judges choose the top 25.
The event is one of the department’s primary fundraisers, second to its bake sale.
The cost to enter a vehicle is $10 (there is no preregistration). Admission for spectators costs $3 and is free for children under the age of 6. Everyone who pays receives a ticket that gives them a shot at winning a 50/50 raffle or two Telescope folding chairs.
In the event of rain, the event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Middle Granville Carnival Grounds are located at 1394 County Route 24 in Middle Granville.