Automotion Classic Car Show scheduled for this weekend |

John GITTING

The Dells’ annual classic car show returns in 2022 to Mount Olympus.

The Automotion Classic Car Show will take place this weekend Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot of the Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in Lake Delton. 1989 and older vehicles will be featured at the event, which will include a swap meet, car corral, food and music.

Jenifer Dobbs, director of festivals for Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau, said she expects another successful event if the weather is good.

“The event itself is very weather dependent,” Dobbs said. “Our numbers at the moment – for pre-registered cars – look really good. If it rains, that tends to change the result of the show.”

She added that the past two years have had rain during the event, so she is hoping for clear weather this year. Automotion returned to spring in May 2021 after holding a fall event in 2020. Dobbs said 2021 had a “fantastic turnout” despite some rain.

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Vehicles at the event include vintage 1960s Pontiac GTOs and classic Ford Thunderbirds, according to the Automotion Classic Car Show Facebook page.

“This is a great event for the community,” said Lake Delton Village Administrator Tom Diehl.

“We have things under control moving it to Mount Olympus. (Mount Olympus owner) Nick (Laskaris) has been kind enough to keep it there. We are very optimistic that if the weather is nice we will have a wonderful weekend,” he said.

This will be the third year that Mt. Olympus has hosted Automotion. Prior to 2020, the event was held in the parking lot of Noah’s Ark Water Park.

According to the WDVCB website, around 1,200 classic vehicles are expected at the event. The event is free for spectators and dogs are allowed if kept on a leash. Returns are prohibited. Doors open at 7 a.m. both days this year, and the event runs until 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

3D Sound, a disc jockey company in Dixon, Illinois, provides music to Automotion. There will also be free family activities primarily aimed at children, including a pedal tractor pull.

The Car Corral is an area where people can bring vehicles they are looking to sell and the Swap Meet is a vendor area where people can buy car parts, tires, auto detailing supplies and other vehicle related items. Greg’s Speed ​​Shop, a Waupaca antique vehicle repair and restoration service, will be selling its wares at the meet for the second year in a row.

The show will have a special celebration for Armed Forces Day at noon on May 21. Guests will salute the American flag in a ceremony honoring members of the armed forces and the national anthem will be sung, according to Dobbs.


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Reinforced presence

Automotion is officially held at Mount Olympus, but the event draws many visitors from across the Dells area. For this reason, the Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton Police Departments have requested assistance from Wisconsin Emergency Management Police Services.

Wisconsin Dells Police Department Chief Nicholas Brinker said 30 officers from various state departments will be split between the two departments for the weekend.

“Our goal is to have high visibility of law enforcement presence to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend for residents and visitors to the city,” Brinker said in an email.

Brinker added that all 16 WDPD officers will be on duty this weekend. The department also offers business owners barricades for their parking lots to prevent unwanted after-hours gatherings.

Lt. Steven Smith of the Lake Delton Police Department said the department will be issuing a “special deployment” for Friday and Saturday and will have assistance from other Sauk County law enforcement agencies.

“Normally this rollout is scheduled for Automotion’s Saturday weekend only, but due to the popularity of the event and the growing number of visitors to our area, this year’s rollout will include both Friday and Saturday,” Smith said in an email.

Smith added that more than 60 officers will patrol Wisconsin Dells Parkway during Automotion and guard cars will run for services to the rest of Lake Delton.

Diehl praised the two police departments for their coordinated efforts for Automotion and its additional volume of traffic and visitors.

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