148 Classic Cars converge on the Olympic Oval Sunday for the 30th annual Lake Placid Olympic Car Show to benefit the Lake Placid Ski Club… “The organization is 90 Years old” Said Carol Hoffman, Ski Club President, “It started out as a recreational / competitive organization, and then when NYSEF came in we now administer two programs for kids as a feeder program to NYSEF.” There are about 75 kids that ski at whiteface and 30 kids that ski under the Koch Program.
Funds raised at events like the car show pay for entry fees, and other expenses kids may have while participating in the program.
WNBZ spoke with Hoffman following the awards ceremony Sunday afternoon… She was standing in the road directing traffic as most of the cars in the show parade out of the oval heading towards home… The show raises a modest two or three thousand dollars after all of the expenses have been paid but the weather brings out a record number of vehicles and it’s the perfect activity for visitors to the region – the weekend weather has been perfect..
Doug Hoffman started the show in 1982 with three other cars and this year the event set attendance records. It is the car show’s 30th anniversary and 148 vehicles participated in 49 different classes.. The Best of Show is determined by judges choosing each of the winners in each category, participants who each get to vote and the public who is also given the opportunity to choose the best car of the show… This year’s winner, Jacque Chivalier and his purple 1937 three window Coup. It took him 8 years to build the car and he’s been driving it for about 5 years.
The Olympic Car Show has been run by the Hoffman Family in Lake Placidfor the past 30 years. It is the largest fund raiser for the Lake Placid Ski Club which supports youth ski programs from beginners to Olympic hopefuls. The show started with its first show which featured 3 cars. The show was originally a show for 1955-57 Chevy’s and has grown to the show it is now featuring over 100 cars each year of all makes, models and years.
Each year the Lake Placid Fire Department has a cook-out to raise money for their organization. This year they were at the event to raise money for the Keene Fire Department, one of the many local communities devastated by the floods caused by Hurricane Irene.
The show is fortunate to have the support of the Lake Placid Central School and ORDA for use of the Oval, The Lake Placid Police Department and the New York State Police for help with the parade, and the Town of North Elba which supplies the tents.
Each Year Parties Unlimited supplies the DJ service. This year at Cruise Nite they had The Three Amigos fromTupperLake.