The temperature was headed into the 90s Sunday afternoon, but the heat couldn't keep several hundred people from attending the Pioneer Corvette Association's annual car show on the final day of Marietta's Riverfront Roar celebration.
The sunny weather was good news at the end of the three-day Riverfront Roar that's traditionally focused on powerboat races at the Ohio River levee. High river levels due to last week's rainstorms caused the races to be canceled, but most other Roar-related activities, including the car show, went on as scheduled.
"The crowd is a little sparse, compared to the past couple of years when they had the powerboat races, but we still had a good turnout of vehicles," said Rich Stephens from Williamstown who sat in the shade near his bright red 1971 Corvette Stingray, one of 102 classic cars on display Sunday.
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Sam Dispenza, 11, of Athens checks out one of the hot rods on display at the Riverfront Roar car show in Marietta Sunday afternoon.
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Brett Summerville of Marietta shows son, Cameron, the engine compartment of a 1966 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe on display during Sunday’s car show that wrapped up Marietta’s 2013 Riverfront Roar.
"I've had this one for five or six years, and had a 1977 Corvette before that, but I really like the older cars," he said.
Dave Stalnaker of Marietta brought his ivory-white 1910 Cadillac to Sunday's car show.
"I bring it out every year, weather permitting," he said. "I've had the car for 13 years, but it took me seven years to restore it. I bought it off a farm in Connecticut where it had been in a barn for several years."
2013 Riverfront Roar at a glance
Marietta's 13th Riverfront Roar wrapped up Sunday with the Pioneer Corvette Association's annual car show at Armory Square on Front Street.
Several hundred people attended the show which included a display of 102 classic vehicles.
The powerboat races that are traditionally the focus of the Riverfront Roar weekend had to be canceled this year due to high river levels, but all other Roar activities took place as scheduled Friday through Sunday.
Late-day thunderstorms thinned crowds when the event opened Friday, but organizers said attendance improved greatly on Saturday, and a huge crowd attended the extended fireworks display Saturday night.
Planning for next year's Riverfront Roar begins next month.
Sources: Riverfront Roar Committee and Times research
Stalnaker said the Caddy would have cost a whopping $1,650 when bought new in 1910, but he's turned down offers of more than $100,000 for his restored vehicle.
Just down the street Brett and Amy Summerville of Marietta were checking out a 1966 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe with their son, Cameron.
"It's turned out to be a beautiful end of the week after all," Brett said. "And I think this is one of the bigger turnouts of cars for the car show-probably as big as we have during the Sternwheel Festival."
Pioneer Corvette Association president Bryce Goodwin agreed.
"This is our best car show," he said. "We have really good weather today, and more than 100 cars on display. And although the crowd is not the same as we've had when the races were on, a lot of people have still showed up."
Goodwin said the association members were somewhat concerned when it was first announced that the powerboat races would not be taking place.
"But then they said everything else would be going on, so we felt a lot better," he said. "All of these cars are judged by the public, and the top 35 receive plaques. We also give trophies for the best of each make of car-like the best Chevy or best Ford."
Goodwin said proceeds from the car show go to help local charities at Christmas time.
Riverfront Roar Committee chairman Gary Williams said the event wrapped up a little earlier than normal because there were no powerboat finals on Sunday.
"Under normal circumstances the event would continue until around 5 p.m., but today we'll be finishing up at 3:30 p.m. when the car show is over," he said.
Williams said although the crowds were thinner due to cancellation of the powerboat races, the public and vendor support for this year's 13th Riverfront Roar means the event will continue in 2014.
"It's been an interesting weekend," he said. "But even when the weather turned somewhat nasty on Friday evening people still came out to support the Roar and the Merchants and Artists Walk."
Williams said Saturday night's fireworks crowd was at least equal to or more than the numbers that have showed up for the fireworks display in previous years.
"Saturday night's crowd made up for a lot this weekend, and we put a little more into this year's fireworks show," he said. "It ran for a full half-hour this year, and the fireworks company, Pyrotechnico, did a great job."
Planning for next year's Riverfront Roar will begin next month, Williams said.
"We don't have a final tally of the revenue yet, but I think we'll be OK," he said. "And our sponsors have stayed with us. They knew we couldn't control the rain and high water that canceled the races, so they've committed to stay with us next year."