Car shows and cruise nights are an integral part of American culture. Whether setting up drag races, teenagers cruising for the opposite sex, or elderly men showing of the symbol of their youth, cruises and shows have permeated our culture. The aptly named Memories Car Club has one of the best cruise and show gatherings in the country, and would like to invite you to attend to help their good cause.

Memories Car Club is based out of High Ridge, just outside St Louis, Missouri. When the weather is nice, the group hosts an informal cruise and show that has grown to gain national attention. Between April and October, the first Friday of each month (June is 2nd Friday), the club gathers around 15,000 of their closest friends for a monthly meet. After outgrowing their previous venues, the only place big enough for the event is Faith Church in Sunset Hills. The club returns the favor by asking participants to bring canned goods for the church’s food pantry.

The show attracts a wide variety of participants, in everything from old school hot rods to modern muscle. Cruising into the lot you can see a custom 1951 Mercury lead sled followed by the Bandit’s 1977 Trans Am, plus a ’32 deuce and Datsun 510 all in the same view. Few professional shows match this variety, and that is possibly the reason so many spectators come out each month.

Community participation is also high, probably in part because of the good-natured people, but also due to giving back.  There are more than 60 sponsors for door prizes, so a lot of participants go home with something more than memories.

Here’s a look back at the 2013 season:

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