|Las Vegas Cadillac LaSalle Club President Colin Christie poses by his 1963 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible that will be shown during the eighth annual Cadillac Through The Years car show April 13-14 at Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Sixty-nine year-old Colin Christie took early retirement in 2001 after working for General Mills, Inc., for 35 years. He moved his family from Minneapolis, MN, to Las Vegas to escape the Midwest winters. He’d always been interested in cars, but while working, family and career consumed most of his time.
And the six months of winter made the classic car hobby nearly impossible with snow, slush, and ice on the streets.
“I didn’t have any classic cars when we moved to Las Vegas,” Christie said. “I joined the Las Vegas Cadillac LaSalle Club and started looking for a car.” The club and its members provided a convenient means to enter the classic car community.
Over the last 10 years, the local Cadillac club’s membership has grown to over a hundred. The club’s major annual event is Cadillac Through The Years (CTTY).
Sponsored by Findlay Cadillac in the Valley Automall, the club’s eighth annual CTTY will be held April 13 and 14 at Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South. It will be bigger and better than in all the previous years with an expected 100 classic Cadillacs on display. Free to the public, the event will include live entertainment both days.
New to this year’s expanded venue, the Fintastic Fortunes Raffle will include $25,000 in valuable prizes ranging from fine art to car memorabilia, stay-cation packages and more. Proceeds benefit Keep Memory Alive, a nonprofit charitable organization supporting the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
“People come to the show because they look at Cadillac as one of the pinnacle cars of all time,” said Christie. “They especially like the older models and this year we will have 110 years of Cadillacs on display. We will have a vehicle from every decade starting with the 1900s.” The early cars will be exhibited by club members. Findlay Cadillac is providing the current model lineup.
Viewing the older cars enables people to reflect on the good old days and a car that they remember. “When people look back at the older Cadillacs, they also think about the fun times they had in the era of that particular vehicle,” explained Christie.
“They also enjoy looking at how the styling and technology has changed through the years.
“I decided to collect Cadillacs because they are on the top of the list and one of the best cars made in the United States,” Christie said. “I wanted a brand that was still in existence and not one that will disappear.” According to Christie, Cadillac has done an incredible job of meeting market demand and adapting as needed. “In the last ten years, Cadillac has reached out to the younger buyers with models like the CTS, a mid-size car that is a little less expensive with the usual Cadillac quality.”
Nationally recognized sponsors such as Budweiser, Coca Cola, and JC Taylor Insurance will be among the many participants.
Additionally, the event will include vendors, entertainers, a beer garden, celebrity guests, live entertainment and more.
A few vendor booth spaces remain and program advertising is still available. For further information contact a CTTY representative at www.cadillacthroughttheyears.org or www.facebook.com/caddyshow or call Findlay Cadillac Marketing Coordinator, Felicia Butland at (702) 430-4334 or Jami Teer-Murphy, Trademark Creative, Ltd., at (702) 341-0030 ext 205.
Eighth Annual Cadillac Through The Years Car Show
Who: Las Vegas Cadillac LaSalle Club and its members with a 100 classic and new vehicles on display.
What: Eighth annual Cadillac Through The Years car show
When: April 13-14, 2013, 10a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and 10a.m. until 5p.m. Sunday.
Where: Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119