Gasoline Alley's 11th annual Birthday Bash is this weekend, with events starting Saturday at the Cannery hotel-casino for a kick-off party and then continuing Sunday with organizer Mike Kinney's signature over-the-top car show at Eldorado Park (5900 Camino Eldorado Blvd.) in North Las Vegas.
Festivities start at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Cannery and go to about 10 p.m. Sunday's car show, "on the grass," opens at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
For what is arguably one of Southern Nevada's premier car show events, Kinney predicts more than 400 street rods, hot rods, classic and antique cars, as well as monster trucks and other one-of-a-kind vehicles will be on display vying for several categories of awards.
"This event had very humble beginnings," Kinney said. "We started with seven cars parked in front of my house to celebrate my birthday in 2000. We're now in our 11th year and we're on more than 10 acres."
The "carnival with a car show in the middle" will include more than 40 vendors and exhibitors, a live auction with hallmark items, such as a framed Chip Foose-designed and signed T-shirt, as well as a "What Are You Workin' On" guest spot on Stacey David's "Gearz" TV show. Throughout the day, the Gasoline Alley's Birthday Bash raffle will be conducted with a special drawing for a three-day, two-night getaway at Planet Hollywood Resort, which will be awarded to one of the car show participants.
In addition to the car show, Kinney promises a wide variety of exhibitors, vendors, specialty vehicles and celebrity appearances, so bring your autograph book. Look for actor Bo Hopkins of "American Graffiti" fame; renowned builder, designer and automotive programmer Stacey David; Discovery Channel's Lou Santiago, host of "Ultimate Car Build Off," and actress Candy Clark, best known for her role as gum-chewing Debbie Dunham in "American Graffiti."
Entertainment will be provided by 96.3 KKLZ-FM's live remote with support for the event from Dade Moeller & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in occupational and environmental health sciences; and Beckett Media, which publishes several automotive enthusiast magazines. For the kids, Kinney will host a trivia contest, a special drawing and provide souvenir coloring books.
Proceeds from the car show will benefit the Lili Claire Family Foundation, an organization that assists children and families living with neurogenetic conditions that may affect physical, intellectual and behavioral responses. To date, Kinney and Gasoline Alley's faithful steering committee have raised more than $175,000 for local children's charities.