When two car guys from Indiana met a fellow gearhead from Tennessee, the result was an area charity car show unlike any other.
Instead of trophies and traditional prizes, this one rewards its victors with worldwide exposure on YouTube where some cars featured have hundreds of thousands or even millions of views.
It’s attention and recognition that would be hard-matched in a traditional car magazine, and it’s all thanks to Scottie Dupre.
Dupre loves cars.
He lives for them.
So, it’s only fitting that the Knoxville, Tennessee, resident runs a YouTube channel, ScottieDTV, devoted to the best classic and new sports and muscle cars he can find at shows across the nation.
His connection to Fort Wayne started when he filmed local resident Tim Whitcomb’s Ford on display at, of all places, a Corvette show in Detroit.
It took three tries from Whitcomb before Dupre agreed to film cars at what was the first ever Scottie DTV Traveling Charity Roadshow in Auburn.
It all snowballed from there, Dupre said.
Despite a rainy day for the event last year, they were able to pull in enough money to donate to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department’s annual Christmas charity where officers shop with 20 families to buy gifts.
We had a successful show last year and we’re growing it, Dupre said, adding that the goal is to provide as much money as possible to the Shop With a Cop program in DeKalb County once again.
They would like to rotate their involvement with charities and hope to partner at some point with Wounded Warriors, which helps wounded members of the armed services.
For the second annual roadshow, slated for today through Sunday and hosted by the Auburn Shifters at Auctions America Auction Park, they have much more in store.
A few events on tap for this year are a motorcycle driving simulator involving a full-size stationary motorcycle, a side-by-side motorcycle drag racing simulator and an autocross track hosted by Fort Wayne Region Sports Car Club of America.
Add to that the other games and events planned and an entry fee of $5 per adult for a two-day pass and the car gurus think it makes the perfect activity for Father’s Day.
Camping at the site is also an option.
It’s like an automotive Woodstock, Dupre said.
Despite the fun they had with the show last year, the real payoff for Whitcomb and fellow local car enthusiast John Jennings was the boost to the holiday shopping for families who needed it the most.
The reason Tim and I put all the effort into it was they give these kids this money and instead of spending it on themselves they spent it on their brothers, sisters and parents, Jennings said.
The cars Dupre features are not necessarily the ones the judges of the shows he visits award the top honors to, but Dupre’s instincts point him in the right direction.
With millions of people in 225 countries checking out the car videos he posts, he even has car magazines taking photos from his site for their pieces.
Suddenly, we’re getting local guys national and international exposure, Jennings said.