The annual Silver Magic Car and Bike Show is returning to Mariner High School next weekend.
For the last seven years the show has acted as major fund-raising initiative for the high school's Silver Magic Band program. It has grown each subsequent year, but Robert Yoho, spokesperson for the Silver Magic Band Boosters, said 2,000 typically show up for the event.
"Year after year it has grown," said Yoho. "It's in a great place around the football field and that is what a lot of the guys really like because it is easy to see the show."
It has also evolved into one of the premiere collectable car and motorcycle shows in Southwest Florida.
The fee to attend the show on Feb. 13 is $5 per person with children under 10 admitted free. Yoho said that every dollar collected benefits the band - to purchase uniforms and flags, and pay for transportation. Right now the band's color guard is entering competitions and the entire band will soon compete statewide.
"They have come up with first place in several years," he said.
What: Seventh Annual Silver Magic Car and Bike Show
Where: Mariner High School, 701 Chiquita Blvd. North
When: Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Call 728-1874
On Nov. 14, the high school hosted the 2009 Preview of Champions, an event sanctioned by the Florida Marching Band Coalition, with schools from across the region. Silver Magic came in first for Best Color Guard, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major, Best Music, Best Visual Performance and Best General Effect.
Competitions for 2010 begin later this year.
Event organizers have pre-registered 90 motorcycles and cars for $15 each, he said. Many of the registrations occur the day of the show for $20 per contestant. Pre-registrations are still being accepted for the show with checks payable to the Silver Magic Band Boosters, Inc.
"We have pre-registered around 90 right now, we usually get more in the next week and a half," she said. "Usually have 250 to 300 in attendance that day."
The show will feature a wide variety of cars and motorcycles ranging from classics to newer models, choppers and custom jobs. Out of the almost 300 cars which will be on exhibit for the show, Yoho said approximately 40 are motorcycles. New vendors - custom bike builders and painters and auto restoration companies - will also be set up throughout the show.
Judges who are industry professionals look at each exhibit and near the end of the event 116 trophies are awarded to cars and motorcycles. A free dash plaque is also given to pre-registered vehicles and bikes.
Another major draw of the annual show is the appearance of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham, a graduate of Mariner High School, who is scheduled to spend the day meeting fans and signing autographs. One set of show trophies are based on Graham's own favorite picks and the professional football player brings signed memorabilia for the silent auction.
The silent auction runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring gifts donated by the community.
"We usually have several thousands of dollars of silent auction material," said Yoho. "The community usually supports us really well and we can put some decent items out there."
Some of the items include an $800 Tanzanite and diamond ring from Zak's Jewelry in Cape Coral, four one-day Park Hopper passes at Walt Disney World in Orlando, a Rider's Edge gift certificate from Harley Davidson worth $300 and a free motorcycle rental worth $500, another free motorcycle rental from Hurricane Cycle and a wine tasting party for eight from a local wine shop.
The auction is open until approximately 2:45 p.m. and the winners will be announced along with the car show trophies. Throughout the day organizers will also hold raffles for a number of items including free oil changes, T-shirts and restaurant gift certificates.
Live entertainment will be provided throughout the entire show by a deejay who will play the best music from the last 50 years. Mariner High School's Jazz Band is also scheduled to perform sometime in the morning, said Yoho.
A full concession stand will be open all day for any people in attendance.
Mariner High School is located at 701 Chiquita Blvd., North, in Cape Coral. For more information on the band, visit www.silvermagicband.org. For show information, call 728-1874.