PHILIPSBURG — Cars of all shapes and sizes are expected to fill the streets of Philipsburg and the parking lot at the Moshannon Valley Super Bowl on Saturday for the UMI Performance Cruise-In.
“Last year, the idea started,” said UMI’s Ramey Womer. “Our president, Ryan Kirkwood, wanted to have a community gathering.”
The Philipsburg company makes suspension parts for “muscle cars, classic and performance cars.”
What began as a small eBay business 10 years ago is now an industry leader in its category, the company claims. That made a car show the perfect idea for a party the manufacturer to throw.
Womer said that the event was conceived as a non-judged, fun car show, “a good way to come and show your car or come and see the cars people bring, just a time to show and have fun.”
At 4 p.m., cars will start to gather at the bowling alley parking lot. At 7 p.m., they will gun the engines and hit the road, cruising down U.S. Route 322 to Philipsburg, making a lap around town and heading back to the Super Bowl.
UMI T-shirts will be sold at the event. Womer said at last year’s cruise, the shirts were a popular item with the car crowd. That led Kirkwood to make it a way to give money to a cause with local ties.
Philipsburg has been brought into the spotlight over the past year by 8-year-old Emily Whitehead’s amazing recovery from leukemia, part of groundbreaking treatments at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In 2012, Whitehead and fellow Philipsburg pediatric cancer patient Corbin Potter, Womer’s nephew, were the focus of a Moshannon Valley loop of the Hope Express, a run that raises money for cancer research. That run will be repeated this year, and Kirkwood will be donating a portion of funds from the T-shirt sales to that cause.
“He knew about Emily, and he knew about Corbin from me, and we all got together and decided that Hope Express would be the way to go,” said Womer.