Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE —This year, Kaysville’s Cold Cones and Cool Cars event is saying goodbye to more than just the summer.
The annual event will celebrate its last year downtown on Sept. 4 from 4-7 p.m. at the city bell tower and Pepperbelly’s restaurant. Starting in 2014, the event will move to Heritage Park, helping the mix of unique cars, free ice cream and family activities grow to even greater heights.
“Over the years, it’s grown from a small show to a middle show,” said Ed Smith, one of the event organizers. Now it’ll be a big show.”
This will also be the last year that local stalwart Gordon Christensen will be on hand to tell stories and hand out free ice cream to the local kids. Christensen recently celebrated his 80th birthday and decided he wanted to take a break.
“He’s really neat,” said Smith. “He’s an excellent storyteller.”
More than 80 cars are expected to be on hand for this year’s event, ranging from top-of-the-line race cars to intentionally beat-up looking models known as “rat rods.” According to Smith, rat rods are a relatively new phenomenon where the cars are constructed to look as thrown together as possible.
“I tell everyone to bring their favorite ride,” said Smith. “That could be anything from a 2014 Cadillac to a 1900 Stanley Steamer. Whatever shows up is whatever the show will be.”
This year’s featured car club will be Wasatch Rod and Custom, but some of the most surprising vehicles end up being from surprise participants. One year, a father and son who were driving by decided to add their brand-new Viper to the car show. Another year, a man brought in a car signed by Henry Ford IV.
“The guy was down at the Shelby family reunion, and had Ford sign it while he was there,” said Smith. “It was definitely a real treat to see that.”
The move to Heritage Park will allow room for even more cars. Smith said that if everything goes as organizers hope, residents will get to see approximately 300 cars at next year’s event.
“It will depend on the weather, of course,” said Smith. “But we think it’s going to be big.”
The bell tower is located at 44 N. Main St., and Pepperbelly’s is located at 141 N. Main St. For more information, visit www.kaysvillecity.com.