The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 15, 2014

Auto Fair steering committee revved up for annual event

“It’s game time,” CEO of the YMCA of Southern West Virginia Jay Rist said Monday to the Friends of Coal Auto Fair Steering Committee.

The committee met Monday to finalize plans for the 11th annual event, which will be held July 18-20 at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.

“Without your continued support, this wouldn’t be a reality,” Rist added. “I appreciate all your hard work.”

Many members of the steering committee have been on board since day one, but a couple new faces were a part of the team this year.

Patricia and John Riffe said they wanted to get involved with the Friends of Coal Auto Fair after being part of the steering committee for the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop.

“We’ve always been car enthusiasts,” Patricia said. “And with such a large event in our home town in Beckley, we wanted to help support the YMCA and be involved with the community.”

She said she and her husband brought ideas about how to help get more cars registered and how to keep the show fresh.

“This is a great way to bring revenue into our area and it’s a great event for the whole family.”

So far, approximately 250 cars have been pre-registered, and over 600 automobiles are expected to be at the auto fair this weekend.

As part of the 50 Years of the Ford Mustang, steering committee members are aiming to register one Mustang of every model between 1964 and 2014.

Steering committee member and volunteer Jim Peterson said several Mustangs have been registered, but many more are still needed to fill the missing slots, especially Mustangs made between 1974 and 1988.

Even if they aren’t “show quality,” Mustang owners are encouraged to bring their car out to the event.

“If a car owner who has a Mustang from those years will help us fill those years, we’ll give them the pre-registration fee of $15 instead of the regular $25 fee.”

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