Car show cruises into Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID – Engines were revving on Sunday at the Olympic Speedskating Oval during Doug Hoffman’s Olympic Car Show.

There were 85 cars and a few trucks in attendance at the show, despite the forecast of rain. At noon the cars and trucks arrived, parked, popped their hoods and were admired by spectators. The weather was mostly cooperative, with only a light drizzle at the beginning of the event.

There was a wide range of cars, from the classics to muscle cars and newer models.

“Wonderful,” Hoffman, the event’s organizer, said of the turnout. “With the rain unfortunately some people won’t come down.”

It’s the 32nd year the car show has been held in Lake Placid. Hoffman said there were originally 110 vehicles registered. Last year, there were 150.

Hoffman has been restoring cars since he was 15 years old. He rebuilt the engine and restored his first car, a 55 Chevy.

“Ever since then I’ve been restoring cars,” he said.

Several trophies were given out to the top cars in each class at 4 p.m.

“There are three ways we give out trophies,” Hoffman said. “The ski club picks their 25 favorite, spectators pick the best three, and judges pick the top three in each class.”

The proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Lake Placid Ski Club youth programs.