The Ashland Elks Lodge holds its 7th annual "Cars of Summer" auto show Saturday, Aug. 4. Fine flivvers, beauteous buggies, resplendent rides and jazzy jalopies will shine and show at the Lodge parking lot, corner of Lithia Way and First St. in downtown Ashland, from 10 a.m. until — p.m. Admission is free.

As many as 100 cars are expected, ranging from restored antiques to "lead sleds" to factory-fresh classics. Vehicles compete for trophies against other entries from their era, said show coordinator Criss Garcia, with attendees casting votes for their favorite cars from the pre-1950s, 1960s or 1970s., as well as choosing an overall "People's Choice" winner.

A popular category is "Muscle Cars" from 1970 to 1979. Last year, the People's Choice trophy went to a black 1972 Dodge Challenger owned and prepared by website entrepreneur Mike Mikel. An image of Mike's MoPar masterpiece will adorn the official "Cars of Summer 2007" T-shirt, on sale at the show.

The Lodge building will be open for tours all day, and a "1950s Caf&

233;" will serve meals and beverages. Beer and wine will be sold outdoors, and the second floor Elks Club bar and mezzanine dining area, featuring one of the best views in Ashland, are also open to the public.

"This is one of our annual public events," said Garcia. "We open the Lodge building to the public, serve good food and beverages, and invite people in to see who we are and ask questions about what we do. Every year, the cars get better and better, and we have a good time at events like this."

While many Lodge members are car enthusiasts and are expected to be on hand, you don't have to be an Elk to exhibit, he added. "Anyone with a car and $10 can fill out an application, display their car, and be eligible for a trophy. We suggest early registration, but if you just show up on Saturday morning, you can still show, if there's a spot open." Applications and more information are available at the Lodge office.

"It was great. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the people and I'm looking forward to this year's show," Mikel said.

Area residents interested in learning more about the Cars of Summer, Ashland Elks Lodge No. 944, or the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and its activities, should contact the Ashland Elks Lodge at 482-3911, or visit its Web site: .