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Monday, June 24, 2013

Ft. Thomas Independence Celebration: THE CAR SHOW: Saturday June 29th

Nothing says Americana like a classic car.  One of the reasons I love the Fourth of July parade in Fort Thomas is that every year it is kicked off by the Corvettes.  Three years ago, the festivities got a little more “muscle” with the classic car show.  

Last year, Knox loved seeing all the cars on display on the lawn in front of the Mess Hall.  He stared at each one in awe.   Apparently, Linda and Lonnie Slone have a similar love of cars.  The couple, in charge of the car show for the celebration, attends car shows all year with the express purpose of finding unique cars to invite to our show.  They do not require a particular make, model, or year but will allow any unique or custom cars to exhibit.  The preference is pre-1979 but anything “fantastic” or “one-of-a-kind”, in Linda’s words, will be accepted.

In the past, the show has drawn a bus, an eletric car, an Isetta (which is a 3-wheel BMW), and an English-side car motorcyle.  This year, they are expecting a Model A, Model T, an oil trick, a wooden boat-car, a Ghostbusters replica car, police cars, taxis, a Crosby and more!  Each vehicle does give a $10 donation to participate in the show, the proceeds from which all go to the Fort Thomas Military & Community Museum.  The first 100 participants get a dash plaque and there are 42 trophies available (one for each of their sponsors).

Registration for the cars starts at 3:00 with the show following at 4:00.  Trophy ceremony is at 7:15 followed by an exit parade.  The band will quit playing during the exit parade so all the spectators can hear the roar of the engines!

So be sure to come out, groove to the oldies tunes of DJ Kevin Shoupe, and check out these classic cars.  If you’re a car owner and want more information on exhibiting your car, call or email the Slone’s at 859-750-9532 or

For a schedule of all events for the Independence Celebration, please check back at this site on Wednesday.


  1. Thanks, Jessie!! It was a great article and really got the car show information out there! With this being our third year and with the weather cooperating, we are expecting a good number of vehicles! Can't wait until Saturday to see who all brings out their 'beauties' to share with us all at the Fort! Hope to see everyone there! Thanks, Linda and Lonnie Slone.

  2. The car show is becoming one of my favorite parts of the celebration.