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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 1:00 am

Ethusiasts of all things auto will find heaven Sunday, Sept. 7, at Windham High School when it hosts the 15th annual Windham Auto Show.

The show, which attracts over 300 automobiles in 28 different classes, has moved this year to the high school from its traditional spot behind Wal-Mart. The show has outgrown the old area, and the cars on display were starting to infringe on heavily-trafficked Route 302, said Scott Gordan of Windham Athletic Boosters, which sponsors the event.

"We thought we'd have a little more elbow room," said Gordan, who expects as many as 400 vehicles if weather cooperates. At Windham High School, the cars, trucks and motorcycles will be spread around by category to various parking lots. "You can kind of browse from section to section," he said.

Over its 15 years, the Windham Auto Show has grown to be one of the largest in the region. Car lovers can expect to find a little of everything, Gordan said, from modified muscle cars and immaculate classics to "tricked-out" Japanese sport cars.

"We've got a pretty good following," he said. "We get a lot of people who brings their cars year-after-year, and we get a lot of new people as well."

Registration takes place 8-11 a.m., with judging 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. and awards at 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $5, seniors $3, and children 5-12 $2. A $5 donation is welcome from drivers of show cars and a guest.

Proceeds from the auto show help fund athletic and scholarship programs at Windham high and middle schools, Gordan said. The auto show is one of the boosters' biggest fundraisers, and last year as a result of their work the group was able to add scholarships to some of its awards, he said.

"It really means a lot to us. It's a huge deal," Gordan said of the auto show, which takes more than 50 booster volunteers to be successful.

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