Classic cars and trucks, as well as other show-stopping vehicles, will be revving their engines in Branson Aug. 11-13 at the city’s largest annual automobile event. The Super Summer Cruise, held at the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead showcases more than 600 cars and trucks. And while the majority of the show cars are generally 50s and 60s models, the cruise also draws a variety of 30s Fords, newer model Corvettes, custom pick-up trucks and imports.
Vehicles entered into the 3-day Show and Shine will be judged on their exterior appearance, drive train, interior and engine, as well as the quality of any customization or restoration. Bonus points will even be added to entrants featuring safety, hazard and emergency supplies. After judging is complete, the vehicles with the three highest overall scores will receive trophies, as well as the top three vehicles in each individual class based on the same scores. Additionally, plaques will be awarded to the vehicle with the most unusual paint job, best use of color, most radical engine and other unique qualities.
Show and Shine entries will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the Super Summer Cruise, and winners are announced Aug. 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. Car-show registrants are even provided with a voucher to attend the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama Aug. 12 at 8:30 p.m.
While the Show and Shine draws large crowds each day of the Super Summer Cruise, the highlight of the event is its grand finale: the Midnight Cruise, when show participants parade through Branson. Scheduled for Aug. 10 after the final awards are announced, the cruise begins at the corner of Hwy. 76 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, then continues down to Roark Valley Road. An annual favorite, spectators begin staking out their viewing spot on the cruise as much as two days early, so don’t be late for the show!
Interested in showing your vehicle? Show and Shine registration is available online, by mail or by fax. Show and Shine registration allows for one vehicle to enter and park in the exhibition area for all three days of the car show and be eligible for judging and prizes. Registration includes the following: two passes to all three days of the cars show, two tickets to Friday night’s performance of The Shepherd of the Hills, a t-shirt, dash plaque, pin and a poster. Internet registration fee is $35, while the registration fee by mail is $40 and late registration – any time after July 31 – costs $50.
Want to attend? Adult tickets range from $10 on Thursday to $15 on Saturday, while kids tickets are half price. Family passes and two- or three-day combo tickets are also available.
Not only is the Super Summer Cruise a fun weekend of the coolest cars and trucks, but it’s a great opportunity to cool off at the Branson Craft Mall. While you’re in town, make sure you stop by for the most entertaining shopping and scrumptious Ozarks’ cuisine!