Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shriners' Car Tradition Already Revving Up for Next Year

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shriners' Car Tradition Already Revving Up for Next Year

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Cars are as much a part of the Shriners as the fez hats, but the Topeka Arab Shriners are still evolving their own fancy with their second Antique Car Show.

The event Saturday afternoon at the Arab Shrine Temple, 1305 S. Kansas Ave., had everything: from the best-of-show 1970 Chevrolet Corvette SS Supersport to a 2002 Ford Mustang convertible and well beyond. Never ones to take themselves too seriously, the Shriners lined up clown cars and golf carts next to the finest American muscle ever produced.

Public relations director Roger Farthing said the event was held primarily to cover upkeep costs for the Shriners' antique cars unit and the organization's building, but all remaining profits were to be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals nationwide that provides essential care to children in need free of charge.

"We appealed to everyone who has a car or who has a keen interest in cars," Farthing said. "We have antiques of all sorts. …

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