Volo VooDoo A-Go-Go show benefits cancer charities

Larry VooDoo, aka Larry Grobe, is bringing his customized, aqua-pearl 1950 Mercury to the annual VooDoo A-Go-Go Car show he and his wife, Collette, help run at the Volo Auto Museum.

It will be the car's debut at the fourth annual event, which features hundreds of pre-1972 customized vehicles in a benefit to raise money to fund cancer support groups. This year, the event also will recognize George Barris, an American creator of famous Hollywood custom cars, including the 1966 Batmobile. Barris died in November 2015.

The car Larry Grobe is bringing is modeled after a 1951 Mercury Coupe customized by George Barris and his brother Sam.

The Grobes are members of the VooDoo Kings Kustom Car Club of Northern Illinois, which started running the show at the Volo Auto Museum four years ago in memory of Dennis Holtane, a club member who died from cancer.

"Cancer affects everyone. We want to be there to help others who are going through a difficult situation," said Collette Grobe, who knew Holtane and said he was a caring, giving man.

Funds raised will go to Compass to Care, a charity that helps families get their children who have been diagnosed with cancer to treatments.

"We plan the show as a family event," Grobe said. "Volo Auto Museum is such a great place for kids and for adults."

Anyone with a custom car built before 1972 can register at 9 a.m. — the first 100 cars get prizes, she said. The fee is $20 per vehicle and includes two free admissions to the Volo Auto Museum.

Spectators pay regular admission to the museum to attend the show, which will open at 10 a.m. and includes muscle cars, low riders, motorcycles and other vehicles. Lil Red and the Howlin' Wolves, a rockabilly band featuring Larry Grobe on bass, will perform.

"We'll also have vendors selling items such as vintage clothing," Collette Grobe said. "It's going to be cool. Everyone can come together and support a good cause and be with their families. It's really good to see people reunite together. It's a big unification of all the different car clubs that come together."

Grobe said her husband, who customizes cars at his shop in Schaumburg, just bought her a 1954 Kaiser sedan for a birthday present, and will revamp it for her.

"It will have a low profile. It's going to be a really cool car. I'll have to pick out the color and the interior." Maybe it will be done in time for next year's fundraiser, she said.

Sheryl DeVore is a freelance writer.

4th Annual VooDoo A-Go-Go Charity Car Show

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 2

Where: Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo

Tickets: $20 per vehicle, $9-$15 for spectators

Information: 815-385-3644; volocars.com/VooDoo-a-go-go-2016

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