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Kane Co. sheriff's car show supports Special Olympics

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  • Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez traded tinkering stories with fellow classic car buffs Saturday at his annual car and motorcycle show for charity. Perez is the proud owner of a yellow Ford Torino.

       Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez traded tinkering stories with fellow classic car buffs Saturday at his annual car and motorcycle show for charity. Perez is the proud owner of a yellow Ford Torino.
    James Fuller | Staff Photographer

  • A menacing weather report and hot weather held down the crowd at Perez' show, but plenty of classic cars were still on display.

       A menacing weather report and hot weather held down the crowd at Perez' show, but plenty of classic cars were still on display.
    James Fuller | Staff Photographer

  • Money raised at this year's show will benefit local athletes participating in the Special Olympics.

       Money raised at this year's show will benefit local athletes participating in the Special Olympics.
    James Fuller | Staff Photographer

  • Cars earned spots for $10 each Saturday at the Martin Family Farm in Elburn.

       Cars earned spots for $10 each Saturday at the Martin Family Farm in Elburn.
    James Fuller | Staff Photographer

  • A classic Chevy Camaro that had a day of glory as a pace car in Indianapolis received a lot of attention at the show.

       A classic Chevy Camaro that had a day of glory as a pace car in Indianapolis received a lot of attention at the show.
    James Fuller | Staff Photographer

  • An old Chicago police cruiser was one of several law enforcement vehicles on display.

       An old Chicago police cruiser was one of several law enforcement vehicles on display.
    James Fuller | Staff Photographer

  • This classic car evoked memories of nights at drive-through diners from days gone by for several attendees of the show.

       This classic car evoked memories of nights at drive-through diners from days gone by for several attendees of the show.
    James Fuller | Staff Photographer

  • A 2007 Chevy Corvette was adorned with details honoring World War II veterans.

       A 2007 Chevy Corvette was adorned with details honoring World War II veterans.
    James Fuller | Staff Photographer

  • Even the paint job under the hood carried a patriotic image.

       Even the paint job under the hood carried a patriotic image.
    James Fuller | Staff Photographer

 
 

In times of high stress, Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez either heads to the gym or the garage.

With the amount of budget scrutiny Perez has received the past few years, one might think the sheriff would be working on his third Mr. Olympia title and have built a car that can time travel by now.

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Instead, it was his yellow Ford Torino and a fistful of money on display Saturday at his annual charity car and motorcycle show in Elburn.

Perez created the show to raise money for local causes. At its peak, the car show raised about $12,000 for the Craig Figgins Foundation.

On Saturday, weather reports threatening hail combined with sweltering heat to cut down on the crowd. Organizers estimated about 80 fewer classic cars turned out this year.

However, early projections indicated the show was on its way to raising about $6,000 for this year's cause -- Illinois Special Olympics.

"They are a great organization and make a difference in a lot of lives," Perez said.

The question is what becomes of the car show when Perez' tenure as sheriff ends. He won a second term as sheriff last year. But as a believer in term limits, Perez has pledged to retire when the office is up for re-election again.

"It'll be up to the next sheriff to keep it going," Perez said. "But I'd be more than happy to come out and help with it. It'll give me something to do in retirement."

Democrats are looking for a candidate to run for Kane County Board chairman. Perez said he's not interested.

"I'm a cop," Perez said. "No thanks."

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