Jack Jarvis has some really cool, car-show-worthy Corvettes he could bring to this week's Rod Run and Doo Wop.
Instead, Jarvis will spend the next four days welcoming owners of 600 vehicles - and counting - that have registered for the car show. There will be another day for his Corvettes.
"I really don't have time," he said of the notion of showing his own cars. "I like to see all the other ones that come here, though."
Indeed, there's a little something for every car nut - from earliest models to muscle cars to kit cars and even some service vehicles such as fire trucks and hearses. And because their owners are pretty darn proud of them, they're happy to discuss the finer points with visitors.
Jarvis himself has been a car nut for as long as he can remember.
"I was raised on a farm and in my spare time there were junkyards around. After my chores were done, I'd go loaf around there," he said. Junkyard owners were always tinkering around, building vehicles.
At 16, Jarvis became the proud owner of a 1950s-era Oldsmobile coupe with a Rocket 88 engine. In a word, it was fast. He later took up drag racing and bought his first Corvette in 1961.
Jarvis appreciates all kinds of vehicles, and they'll be there this week, stretching from Capitol Street to Magic Island.
"We don't turn away any cars or pickup trucks," Jarvis said.
The popularity of the Rod Run goes beyond the cars, too.
"We try to have something for everyone," Jarvis said. "My wife likes cars, and she likes going to the car shows with me. But some women aren't really fond of the car things."
To that end, the show includes live music every night, fireworks, paddleboat rides, separate excursions and a women's shopping area.
"You have to have something that everyone could enjoy," Jarvis said.
The Rod Run has grown to the point that it gets national attention. This year, car owners from 12 states and Canada were pre-registered.
"We give a longest distance award. Last year it was Montana or some place like that, but the year before it was San Francisco," Jarvis said.
"One of our sponsors, Auto Roundup, puts out a magazine weekly. They serve all 50 states and have 250,000 readers, so it's hard telling where we'll get cars from. Another magazine, Cruisin' Times Magazines out of Ohio, does a story on us every year."
Jarvis added that West Virginia has its share of car fans, too.
"There's about 40,000 people in West Virginia that tinker with old cars that their grandpa or dad left them."
Kids aren't left out of the equation - Magic Island will feature inflatable toys and the Monster truck Big Foot on Saturday.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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If you go
What: Rod Run and Doo Wop
When: Through Sunday
Where: Kanawha Boulevard from Capito Street to Magic Island
Rod Run and Doo Wop Schedule
8 a.m. - Registration opens
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Car show on Kanawha Boulevard from Capitol Street to Magic Island