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Special Events

The Heartbeat Chevy Club will highlight special car show events here in words and pictures.

Torch Run Car Show 06/23/07

The Joplin Police Dept and Dillons Food Store sponsored the 2nd Annual Torch Run Car Show to benefit the Special Olympics. Although it was hot & rained alittle, 30 cars entered to make the show a success, raising money to benefit the kids. The Top 30 show was officiated by experienced judges who admitted the quality of the entries made their tough job even tougher. With 100% of the proceeds going to charity, all trophies, door prizes, food and, most importantly the staff, were also 100% donated. This Special Events page will explain alittle about the show and the other events that were held in conjunction. Awarded Best of Show was this 1968 Chevy Camaro SS owned by Cody Cook of Joplin. Visit the Gallery to see all of the other great cars that made the show a success. 

Music by Ron & Fae

What Car Show would be complete without music? Ron & Fae Moser from Lamar, Mo supplied great sounding music and commentary throughout the event. Known for their ability to get things going, they kept the pace up with cool music, door prizes and killer 50/50 Pots. Ron & Fae are "For Hire DJ's", providing entertainment for car shows & cruises and enjoy helping others in time of need. Contact The Heartbeat Chevy Club for more info on how to book the talents of "Music by Ron & Fae".


Food is an important part of any car show and the Torch Run event was no exception. Dillons Food Store provided "cooked to order" hotdogs, chips & drinks that satisfied all who ate, for just a minimal cash donation. Also to help raise money, some "interesting items" were raffled off. Shown here is Paula Bone with an EMPTY original Jack Daniels oak barrel that went to some lucky person. Wonder who would actually pay $101.00 for it???   

Poker Runs

Also scheduled during the day were Motorcyle and Bicycle Poker Runs, with prizes awarded to the best poker hand in each class. It appeared that everyone involved, from workers to the participants, had a great time and more money was raised to benefit the Special Olympics. Awards for these events were sponsored by Cycle Connection and Spokes & Spandex Bike Shop.


Classic cars, hotrods & special interest vehicles entered the show. Awards were given to the Top 30, with special trophies for Best of Show and People's choice. Participants and spectators alike voted for their favorite vehicle by placing money into a special container placed in front of every entry. The "Penny Per Vote" raised additional money and provided some heated competition among several of the show people. The impressive award plaques & trophies were made by The Trophy House. See the Gallery Page for great photos of some of the cars entered into the show.

Cops On Top

We salute the police officers that "volunteered", including Cpl Ryan West, to stand on top of the Dillons Food Store to help attract attention to the events. They would yell down to customers walking into the store to remind them of the reasons we were there. Many people would yell back up to them, mostly asking them to jump and not to spit. We trust it was only in good fun?

Disclaimer: NO police officers were harmed during this stunt.

Judged Show

Show staffer & judge "Joeman" Michael inspects one of the many entries of the Torch Run Car Show. An experienced judge, he admiited as tough as judging a show can be, only giving 30 trophies was still a challenge.

To Benefit the Special Olympics

While most of the other show workers braved the sun and heat to help make this event a success, Paula Bone & Lynda Mason ran the registration table like a highly-tuned hot rod engine, but in the SHADE!!!!

People's Choice

The People's Choice award went to this 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle, owned by Rob Curtis of Jasper, Mo, for the most money raised during the "Penny Per Vote" promotion. The car raised $72.10 for the Special Olympics.

Show People

Here are just a few of the many show participants who braved the heat & sun to attend this worthy event. Most, however, managed to find alittle shade to visit with friends and chow down on the hotdogs.