Two annual auto shows to return to Lawrence this weekend

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This will be a good weekend to be a car enthusiast in Lawrence as the Rev it Up! Hot Rod Street Fest and Lawrence Electric Vehicle Showcase both return.

The annual hot rod festival, a benefit for the Ballard Center, invites owners to show their antique and custom vehicles and motorcycles in South Park.

There will also be food vendors and live music, including Robbie & the Rockin’ Fools, a St. Louis-based blues band whose anticipated performance at the show a couple of years ago was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at South Park. The show is free to attend, though donations to the Ballard are welcome.

“You can also help by bringing non perishable food, shampoo, laundry soap and other household goods to the street festival to fill the Center’s pantry,” according to Rev it Up’s website.

The Lawrence Electric Vehicle Showcase will bring numerous electric cars, pickups, buses and bicycles to South Park the following day. It’s one of more than 200 community events nationwide celebrating National Drive Electric Week, according to a news release from organizers.

Those in attendance will be able to get an up-close look at a variety of vehicles and ask questions about owning and driving electric vehicles.

“There will be many makes and models of electric vehicles (EVs) on display, including a Lucid Air, Hyundai Ioniq-6, Rivian and Ford pickups, Teslas, Chevy Bolts, a Lawrence Transit E-bus, and electric bicycles from two bicycle shops in Lawrence,” according to the release.

Owners have registered 60 vehicles to attend the showcase, according to the event website. See a breakdown of the vehicles at this link.

Lawrence’s Sustainability Action Network, the City of Lawrence and Lawrence Transit are co-sponsoring this year’s event. Commercial sponsors include Crown Volkswagen-Toyota, Evergy Clean Charge Network, Cycle Works, and Trek Bikes of Lawrence, according to the release.

The showcase is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 on the east side of South Park.

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