- - IMPORTANT UPDATE - -
Please visit "Calendar" page on this website for information on a
new car show in August that we will be hosting.
The Southern Knights of Central Kentucky Car Club was started in
July 1989 in a small living room in Scott County. The first
meeting was at Dairy Freeze Restaurant in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Within three months, the meetings had to be moved to Frisch's
Restaurant, also in Georgetown, due to the number of new members.
By the middle of 1991, membership had grown to 55 families and it
was then time to find a larger meeting place. That made the
Golden Corral Steak House our next site. By 1993, membership
had grown to a staggering 123 families and, yes, we had to relocate
once again and chose the Cardome Center. We once again moved
and currently hold our meetings in the basement of the Fire Station
on Airport Road in Georgetown, which we now consider "home."
The first cruise was held in July, 1990 at McDonald's Restaurant on
Connector Road in Georgetown with 58 cars in attendance. When
the cruises outgrew McDonalds (with over 100 cars monthly) we had to
find another site. The City of Georgetown offered Main Street
and we gladly took up residence. Beginning in 2008, cruises
will be held at Kohl's Department Store in Georgetown.
The Southern Knights had dreams. We wanted to do whatever we
could, even in a small way, to help others. We felt we made
the right connection when we chose The Ronald McDonald House
Charities of the Bluegrass as the organization that best suited what
we believe in - kids! Between 1991 and 2006, we have proudly
donated $116,000.00 to Ronald's kids. We also have donated to
Scott County Toys for Tots, Scott County Amateur Radio Service
(SCARS), individual children and adults with life-threatening
diseases, flood and fire victims in Rockcastle County, the American
Heart Association, the National Diabetes Foundation, Coats for Kids
in Franklin County, the Alzheimer's Association, The American Relief
Fund and families that just needed a helping hand. Hope is
what we like to bring to people we meet.
The club's first car show was held in June, 1990 at the Cardome
Center in Georgetown with 204 registered participants (30 classes
and 10 Specialty Trophies were awarded). This went over so
well that it became an annual event for years.
In 1995, the Southern Knights was approached by Cardinal Hill
Hospital to assist with their car show at Ft. Boonesborough State
Park. The show was known at that time as the Greasers Car
Show. For whatever their reasons, they felt they no longer
could continue and stepped back. In 1996, something
unfortunate happened - Cardinal Hill Hospital dropped the show just
seven weeks before the gates were to open. Since the show was
all about kids, what could we do but step up to the plate and make
sure that the show went on. With all throttles at full speed,
we did just that. At that time, we had no backing and only a
few hand-out items from Valvoline - but we did it. We did
something right because 2007 marked our 12th year hosting the
Boonesborough Boogie Nationals. Yes, with all the hard work
and coverage by national magazines, we had achieved the status of a
national event. With this super accomplishment, a major
decision had to be made. After much soul searching and
discussion, we decided to cancel the yearly show at the Cardome
Center and focus all our attention and labor of love on the
Boonesborough Boogie Nationals.
We will continue to give our best in helping others.