It took a lot of preparation and planning, but Arnold successfully hosted a designated stop on the Nebraska Rod & Custom Association’s 2019 Tour last Saturday morning. Over 400 special interest cars – some with one passenger and others with several – began arriving in town at about 8:45 a.m., filling the community center and The Exchange’s parking lots. Inside the community center, they were treated to Krispy Kreme donuts and drinks for a free-will donation, and were found all over town doing business before leaving in stages at 10:00 a.m.
AEDC Director Cheryl Carson worked with NRCA Coordinator Lin Hoskins and other members months in advance to make sure Arnold was ready for the tour’s stop. Carson was given permission by the village board to close off roads so that cars could be funneled in. She also created a map of town with the services offered that was given to tour participants before arriving in town, and gave a heads-up to gas stations in town to be prepared.
Arnold also promoted itself. Chamber president and secretary/treasurer, Sal Hilderbrant and Margie McDowell, dressed in poodle skirts and greeted each car that arrived, handing out a flyer to advertise the car show in Arnold this September that will be held at the Arnold Recreation Area.
The 27th annual NRCA tour of Nebraska driving event was a 600 mile adventure that went near 30 towns and villages. The route changes each year, as the NRCA showcases the special attractions of Nebraska to its members. Nearly 1,000 people participated in the 2019 two day event. The tour is limited to 400 vehicles, and entries reached the maximum number last March. The estimated value of the vehicles members were driving was $6.0 million.
Saturday’s tour started in Kearney and vehicles took the scenic route to Callaway, on to Arnold and north to Dunning, circling back to Kearney. Only a morning and noon stop were scheduled each day, so Arnold was very fortunate to be one of the designated stops.
The goal of the 1,790 members of the NRCA is to protect the rights of special interest vehicle owners who enjoy driving them on the streets and highways of Nebraska.
Article by: Janet Larreau
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