A local car enthusiast has found a way to mobilize his fellow hobby car peers to bring a bit of joy to neighbors during the stay at home order. While a traditional car show is not possible, David Maxon organized the first in what he plans to be a weekly rolling car show through neighborhoods in Grain Valley and neighboring communities.
“I wish I could take credit for this. My wife and I previously participated in one in another city, and we were both touched by the excitement it seemed to bring to that community. We decided that we would like to see that same excitement in our own community. I have personally been a car enthusiast my entire life, and I have owned my own hobby car (a 1980 Malibu) since I was 16. My wife and son are now also a part of my enthusiasm; they both now have hobby cars of their own. When I brought the idea to my friends and owners at Kustom Cruzers in Grain Valley, they didn't hesitate to volunteer to be a part of the planning process,” Maxon said.
Approximately 70 cars and motorcycles participated in the first show on Sunday, April 19th. Grain Valley’s Santa Bus led the way, sounding its familiar siren to alert neighbors of the show’s arrival. Residents lined the streets in Grain Valley’s Woodbury and Rosewood Hills neighborhoods after 4:00pm on Sunday to admire and wave at the many vehicles on display.
“I was shocked and excited about the number of people who joined in on the fun,” Maxon said.
“We are planning on doing others. I would like to do them every Sunday, weather permitting of course. We are looking to travel through more of Grain Valley, Blue Springs, and other areas in the future.” Residents can search for event information on Facebook under David Maxon/Kustom Cruzers Social Distance Cruise.
“The idea has personally given me joy in seeing the smiles on faces young and old. I also hope it teaches my 17-year-old son that car and motorcycle enthusiasts coming together can create joy in a time of uncertainty,” Maxon said.