Rod Run will be on television this year

KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo<br> Ross Glasson of the Beach Barons sold engine raffle tickets and showed off his car at the Boardwalk during Kite Festival last week

OCEAN PARK - The Beach Barons Car Club is proud to announce this year's 19th Annual 2002 Rod Run to the End of the World has gained national recognition.

"My Classic Car," a cable television program featuring Dennis Gage, is coming to the Peninsula to film this year's Rod Run, in which more than 1,000 classic cars and hot rods will participate. They will arrive Sept. 6, and will be filming segments of Rod Run on Sept. 7 and 8.

"We would like to make the television team feel welcome," say the Beach Barons, "and it is our goal to give the entire Peninsula the recognition and visibility on national TV that will bring folks back for every major event put on by our local Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and all other organizations."

The club hopes "My Classic Car" will help gain more attention for local events including Loyalty Days, Garlic Festival, the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Festival, SandStations, Long Beach Rodeo, Kite Festival, and many more.

"Let's all fly our colors high, clean our yards and our streets, shine our cars, and in general show our civic pride as we prepare for this year's Rod Run to the End of the World," say the Barons. "With everyone's participation, this could be our opportunity to place Long Beach Peninsula on everyone's calendar as the place considered to be one of the most desirable to visit and have a great time with families and friends."

This year, the Rod Run to the End of the World is being held on the advent of Sept. 11, 2001 anniversary and club members ask everyone to join hands, hearts and prayers in remembering those who lost their lives, and the police, fire, and emergency heroes that are now legends in their time. "Let's show a strong support of our nation and its flag to honor that day," club members say.

The Beach Barons say this is our opportunity to make the Long Beach Peninsula "show and shine," as they put on what promises to be the best show yet. Be sure and pick up one of the 2002 program books at any of your local merchants. Posters, T-Shirts and flyers also are available to merchants and the public.

Also, engine raffle tickets are on sale for $1 each - this may be your opportunity to win a new Chevy or Ford engine. The drawing will be held at the end of the show on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Again, the dates are Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, at the "Home of the Beach Barons" field in Ocean Park.

For additional show information and registration requests, call 665-3565 or check the web, at www.beachbarons.com.

The Beach Barons Car Club: Proud sponsors of the 2002 Rod Run to the End of the World in Ocean Park.

2002 Rod Run facts

More than 1,000 participating car are expected to attend the 19th annual Rod Run to the End of the World. Registrations are still being accepted. On-site registration begins Friday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Spectator parking is available at the old Rod Run field at 256th and "U" St. in Ocean Park. A shuttle bus will operate between the parking area and the festival field until 5 p.m. on Saturday and until 3 p.m. on Sunday, making the circuit approximately every 20 minutes.

Handicap parking is available at the festival field clubhouse. Only vehicles with mirror tags or handicap license plates will be allowed to park in this area.

Traffic will be restricted to one way north on Sandridge between 250th and Bay Avenue during the festival.

For more information, look up the Beach Barons' website on line at www.beachbarons.com.

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