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European Auto Show Raises Funds for Shriners

More than 200 cars were on display in the Plaza Frontenac parking lot Sunday.

Car enthusiasts from across the St. Louis area and beyond gathered outside of in the parking lot Sunday for the .

"It's a great time to show off your cars with other enthusiasts and like-minded people," said Jim Mills of Bentley St. Louis. "These types of cars are the core of our business."

Bentley St. Louis was the presenting sponsor for the show, which was free of charge to spectators. Instead, spectators were encouraged to donate to . Both Bentley and Shriners have been involved with the show since 2002.

"The auto shows have raised over $100,000 for the hospital since 2002," said Tammy Robbins, director of public and community relations at Shriners.

The hospital had a booth at the show for people to make donations, and patient ambassadors were also walking around with buckets to collect donations.

Two lucky ambassadors got the opportunity to ride around the parking lot in the show's premiere attraction, a green Jaguar XKR from the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day.

"It was cool to sit in it," Madelyn Hubbs said.

"It was pretty fun," Katie Freimuth said.

The car is owned by the Ian Fleming Foundation, which has more than 30 cars from various James Bond films. Doug Redenius, the foundation's vice president, brought the car down from the Chicago area.

One of the other main attractions of the show was a showcase of DeLoreans, cars best known for their appearances in the Back to the Future films.

"This is the largest grouping I've ever seen," said Dan Hinkebein, who is on the show's board of directors. "The DeLorean is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year."

The rest of the show's board of directors are Greg White, Steve Warren, Eric Nordstrom, Jennifer Nordstrom, John Hoffner, Todd McCandless, Robert Bullivant and Charlie Van Dyke. They all served various duties in the planning of this year's show, which Hinkebein said took about seven or eight months.

White was the master of ceremonies for the event, making announcements throughout the morning and afternoon. Around 3 p.m., the show's award winners were announced.

Class Awards

Steve Coldewe: red 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Special
Tom Trieschmann: white 2008 Audi A3
Ron Varley: white and blue 1956 Austin Healey 100M
James Shanahan: black and tan 1973 BMW 3.0 CS
Ron Waster: yellow 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Edward Dominjan: red 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2
Jim and Lisa Hendrix: carmen red 1959 Jaguar XK150S
Jean-Paul Montupet: gulf blue 2008 Lotus Exige Club Racer
Rick Siefert: fire engine red 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
Wayne Wehmueller: red 1987 Porsche 944

Motorcycle Award
David Shelton: black 1967 BMW R50 Motorcycle

Best of Show
Clay Erikson: red 1966 Ferrari 330 California Spyder

Be sure to check out the photos and video for a closer look at the cars that were on display. More information about the show can be found on its website.

Tom Allen June 07, 2011 at 04:19 PM
This is by far, the BEST car show in St. Louis. Tom Allen President St. Louis BMW Club
Denise June 07, 2011 at 06:54 PM
My daughter, Katie, was one of the Shriners Ambassadors there. First of all we can't say thank you enough. The support for the Shriners is truly amazing! Second, she liked riding in the car so much, she wants one now! Yikes!

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