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West Georgia Region AACA 2014 Car Show Re-cap
By Glenn Novak
Our 36th Annual Car Show this year was a big success and the weather cooperated very nicely. Moved from the first Saturday in June to the second Saturday in June this year, we have now been able to avoid both a Carrollton Mayfest attendance conflict and the annual Streetside Classics Spring car show held each year on the first Saturday of June. That must have been a good decision as we had 80 cars show up and over $250 sold in the 50/50 contest. Held again at Mike Bell Chevrolet on U.S. 27 in Carrollton but this time on Flag Day, June 14th, we had a wonderful turnout and no storm clouds to threaten our event. It was our biggest show ever and we may want to stick with this date in the future.
Our team of twelve or so showed up early around 8 am to get set up before any early public arrivals, and the first cars began appearing just before 9 am. Music was provided all day by DJ Brock Eady and our MC Bill Hearnburg handled the announcing of both door prizes and trophies. A couple of private vendors showed up, one selling boiled peanuts and another doing home-made ice cream and shaved ice. Chick-Fil-A was there too and seemed to be doing a very solid lunch business. Traffic direction, trailer unloading, registration, and parking all seemed to run seamlessly, and the judges strived to keep up as the show field continued to fill, row by row. And the temperatures climbed to 90. Good thing we had plenty of cold bottled water to give away.
We had lots of interesting cars and trucks show up, and the photos tell the story. The public milled around a good bit, looking at all the old iron and the newer muscle cars. Some of the more unusual vehicles present this year included a 1938 American Bantam and a 1931 Ford Model A Phaeton, plus a 1932 Austin owned by Gary and Carol Moyses. Though in the minority, several nice trucks were present, and a host of muscle cars of different makes. Donald Threadgill brought five great Ford products and parked them together in one corner of the lot, complete with tent.
Over 40 door prizes with lots of variety this year were given out from 10:30 until almost 2 pm, so lots of folks took home goodies.
Beautiful dimensional plaque-style trophies and the 50/50 raffle were all given out around 2 pm as scheduled, and it took no time at all for our antique car and truck guests to clear out and head home, many with some fine trophies provided to our club by generous local companies and merchants. Zack Bell presented a large conventional trophy for Best of Show to James Collier for his pristine 1932 Chevrolet Landau Phaeton.
We met many nice people and made some new friends, and perhaps we shall gain new members from a positive first association with our club. We are again grateful to Mike Bell Chevrolet and to Zack Bell for hosting our event, and we appreciate all of our trophy and door prize sponsors this year.
Thanks again to all the club members and friends who worked hard and supported our 36th annual show and helped make it a fun event and a successful fundraiser for our charities.