Truck/car show back for sixth year in Rantoul

RANTOUL — It has been six years since the Top Gun Large Car Shootout was first held at Rantoul Airport.

Tom Reitz of Gifford — who with fellow trucker Rick Johnson of Penfield organizes the annual event — said the show just keeps getting bigger.

"We're expecting somewhere around 150 trucks, and maybe as many as 100 cars for the car show," Reitz said.

The shootout is scheduled Friday through Sunday. There is no admission charge.

Most of the activities will be held Saturday, but one of the show's favorite events — the parade of lights — will be held at dusk Friday.

The parade features trucks from the show traveling from the airport to Thomasboro and back.

Reitz said about 45 of the 100 trucks that were on display last year participated in the parade.

"People seem to like that a lot," he said.

Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m. and include car show registration at 11 a.m. (the show is organized by Hot Rods and Hooligans club with proceeds going to the Illini Shrine Club); parachuters every hour, weather permitting, beginning at noon; and country and western act Matt Coleman Band of Joplin, Mo., at 8 p.m.

All other times during the show, Bob Bass of Trendsetter DJ will provide music.

Other attractions set for Saturday include a kiddie pull, truck judging and Bryan Martin of the TV show "Trick My Truck."

The I-65 Chrome Shop drag truck will also be on display for the entire show.

A beer garden hosted by Shooters Bar and Grill will be open. Food will be provided by BPC Catering.

Awards for the top trucks on display will be given out at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. After that, the truckers start heading home, Reitz said.

Funding for the show comes from sponsor vendors.

Reitz said the decision was made to have the show six years ago because "we just decided to have one locally. ... We've grown every year."

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