Vintage Torque Fest 2017
Kicking Up Dust for a Good Cause cont...
Words by Mimi Meow
Although all this racing and the pinup contest provide prizes and winnings, at this show, it is truly the people who win. There are kids of all ages tromping around the grounds and food vendors to feed your family on a budget. Pedal cars, car seats in hot rods, and tricked out wagons are a common sight. This year, I even saw THREE infants at flame throwing on Friday night; watching from a safe distance, of course, but enjoying themselves all the same. Jeremy Kisting, and the King Pins Car Club, frequently have the help of their own wives and children in throwing some of the most impressive and distinctive flames around during the Ring of Fire show. The next generation will surely keep racing and hot rodding alive, growing up at shows like Vintage Torque Fest.
Saturday afternoon becomes one of the most magical parts of the entire weekend. Each year, Vintage Torque Fest adopts a child in need to donate the show’s proceeds. This year, the show adopted the Kohn family from Bettendorf, Iowa. Their son, Will, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, has had four open heart surgeries, and has been awaiting a heart transplant since July of 2014. This year’s show raised over $10,000 for his medical costs. On Saturday afternoon, spectators gather in the ballroom to support the adopted family as they receive this wonderful gift. There’s hardly a dry eye in the ballroom on the fairgrounds as people watch the genuine gratitude of the receivers. Families huddle together in groups with arms around each other as their children watch the spirit of giving first hand. It’s a pretty wonderful thing to see a crowded room full of hot rodders, rockabillies, bikers, and people from all walks of life; silently and attentively gathered to help a family in need. They show true support and respect. This is the true meaning of “motor family.”
If you would like to make a donation to Will and the Kohn family or would like to keep up to date on his story, please visit https://www.facebook.com/TeamWillTShirts/.
To find out more details about Vintage Torque Fest and it’s sister shows, visit https://www.facebook.com/VintageTorqueFest/
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