Car enthusiasts will have a pair of opportunities in the next few weeks to shine up their classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles.

In addition, people can help support student programs at Blue Mountain Community College and Echo High School by visiting upcoming car shows in the area.

Hundreds of classic and custom vehicles are expected during this weekend’s Cruisin’ for Scholarships. The event supports students in the BMCC Diesel Technology program. Then, things rev up Saturday, May 23 in downtown Echo as the Ace Car Club hosts its annual car show.

In addition to the stunning views of Pendleton, the lush central lawn of Blue Mountain Community College provides a comfortable venue that will include raffles, live music, a burger barbecue by the Pendleton Lions Club, a LifeFlight helicopter landing and live coverage from 92.1 PARTY FM. Also, BMCC’s TRiO program, which provides support services to first generation college students, will hold a car wash fundraiser.

On-site registration is Saturday at 9 a.m. with the event running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BMCC, 2411 N.W. Carden Ave., Pendleton. Vehicle registration is $20, which includes a dash plaque. Also, the first 50 entries will receive a complimentary goodie bag. People can register in advance at www.bluecc.edu/alumni. The fees for web registrations will be collected during the Saturday check-in. Award categories include cars by decade, President’s Choice, People’s Choice, best motorcycle and more.

For more information, contact 541-278-5823 or email ishadle@bluecc.edu.

The Echo Car Show gets rolling Saturday, May 23 from noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Echo. The car entry fee is $20 or $5 for students with identification. All cars and motorcycles are welcome to enter the car show.

Additional fundraising planned during the event includes an Italian soda bar by the Echo High School volleyball team, barbecued burgers and hot dogs by the football team, a dunk tank by the basketball team and a fourth grade class selling jerky for its coast trip.

“We’ve had tremendous support from the Echo community. It’s a huge fundraiser for a lot of different entities around here,” said Rick Denning, Ace Car Club parent volunteer.

Now in its 10th year, the show started in 2005 with a handful of students shining up their cars and parking them on the sidewalk near the school, Denning said. A dozen students belong to the club. Money raised from the event helps fund car club projects, as well as field trips such as the Portland Roadster Show, monster truck rallies and car races in Hermiston.

Nearly two dozen classes are included in the show, including best motorcycle, best Harley, best student car and “At Least I have a Car.” Students in the shop class are making some of the trophies, while others are being created by car club participants using donated car parts.

For more information, call Denning at 541-571-4417, Amo Estrada, advisor, at 541-376-8436, extension 6219 or visit www.facebook.com/aceautomobileclubofechohighschool.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539

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