Daily Light staff writer

In support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Midlothian Classic Wheels and the Waxahachie Daily Light will host their second annual benefit car show Saturday, May 19, at Johnny Carino’s Country Italian Restaurant in Waxahachie.

Kicking off at 11 a.m., the show can be entered by anyone, said Joe Rakoczy of MCW.

“It’s open to anybody. We don’t discriminate against anything,” he said. “You can enter cars, trucks, bikes or anything you want.”

The club’s last show even saw bicycles and junior dragsters entered, he said.

While there is no fee for spectators, participants will be charged $15. “We encourage everyone to come out,” Rakoczy said, adding that prizes will be awarded to the top 25 show entries.

Additionally, Johnny Carino’s will offer specials on food and drink throughout the show, which ends at 3 p.m.

“It’s always wonderful to be able to combine something that is this much fun and at the same time be able to help such a worthy cause,” Waxahachie Newspapers Inc. Vice President Ray Pike said.

“To see both the Midlothian Classic Wheels car club and our employees at Waxahachie Newspapers Inc. participating in the Relay for Life shows me their dedication to helping people in need, and that makes me proud to be associated with them,” he said.

The idea for the show came from an idea he had two years ago, Rakoczy said.

“Originally, we got organized with the Daily Light last year through Jeff Hamilton,” he recalled. “I knew Jeff, had met him a couple of times, and we were just talking one day and he said they were trying to raise some money for Relay for Life, and I said, ‘Why don’t you do a car show?’ ”

A few days after that, Rakoczy got a call that the car show idea had been approved, and over the next week, organized the show along with other members of the club and representatives from the newspaper.

“It went over real well,” he said.

Thankfully, this year’s show had more time to get organized, he said, explaining that work has been under way on it for about a month.

Doing benefit shows is nothing new for the club though, Rakoczy said. The club supports Presbyterian Children’s Home with a show and a Christmas cruise every year, he notes, and has also held a number of shows to benefit a little girl with cancer.

“Basically, some of us got together and decided to start a car club to cruise and hang out, and it kind of went from there,” he said.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Jennifer Kesterson at the Daily Light at (972) 937-3310.

E-mail Anthony at Anthony.Trojan@waxahachiedailylight.com