Unique Tin is celebrating its 45th anniversary this August with a concerted effort to attract young car enthusiasts to its annual car show, which takes place Aug. 23-24 at the Cowlitz County Expo Center.

Old classics and new fancy cars will compete for prizes with cars of all vintages and makes.

The highlight this year is the new Young Rodder competition, according to event chairman Everett Timmreck. The event is aimed at young car owners and collectors. Contestants must by 18 or under and show proof of ownership.

“We technically have had this before, but this year is different. They have to show ownership and that they’ve done something. There’s only one judge, and he can tell,” Timmreck said.

This contest is an attempt to bring young new members into Unique Tin, Timmreck said. Timmreck estimates about 30% of current club members are 65 or older.

“We have got to keep this going. A lot of us are getting old,” Timmreck said. “Who knows? This might be my last year.”

Along with the Young Rodder, other stock events will return, including the pin-up contest, the cruise, swap meet and food vendors.

People can pay the $30 registration at the pre-registration pizza party at 6 p.m. that Friday. Walk-ins to the show on Saturday will pay an entry fee of between $3 and $5, according to Timmreck.

Car owners have a chance to win one of 40 trophy jackets this year. The club is expecting 500 cars, the maximum for the show, and 2,000 to 3,000 attendees.

The Unique Tin car show is among the largest of the area’s many annual car shows.

“We don’t travel very far to show my car, but this one is so fun and it gives back,” said Sara Morgan, a Kalama resident and Unique Tin member.

“It wouldn’t work without those guys,” Timmreck said, naming Sterling Motors, Unique RV, Columbia Ford, Biscotti Rides (an Industrial Way hot rod shop) and other sponsors.

Morgan said community service is why she and her husband, Levi Morgan got involved.

“It is important to the community,” he Morgan said.

“It’s quiet a gathering, it’s just fun. There’s a lot of good people that help put this on,” Timmreck said.

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