The last weekend of April didn't have very many shows on the schedule. All the shows scheduled took place on Sunday. Here are reports and photos from two of those shows.
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
I spent Sunday afternoon at Elgin High School outside Marion, Ohio. The Elgin Music Boosters held their annual classic car show to raise money for the music programs at the high school.
This was my third year in a row attending the show. It's a fun 45 minute drive up the back roads from northwest Columbus to the high school.
This year there were 71 registered vehicles down a bit from the 77 that registered last year.
The show included door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and vendors inside the school selling mostly craft items. Everyone that registered a vehicle was automatically entered to win a California Car Cover. To also help raise money, the music boosters sold hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwursts cooked on the grill. Music was provided by DJ Codi Kitts along with the various music programs at the high school.
Here's a sampling of the cars, trucks and motorcycles that participated in the show.
1964 Mercury Monterey Marauder owned by Jim and Betty Rhoden
1953 GMC Pickup belonging to John Conley
Ross Kenton's 1935 Plymouth PJ
1949 Pontiac Coupe belonging to Dave and Judy Tighe
Wayne Clark's 1968 Pontiac Bonneville
An original, unrestored Chevy 210 owned by Darrell and Doneta Jenner
Mike Young's 2008 Pontiac Solstice GXP
1968 Plymouth Barracuda belonging to John Johnson
1965 Plymouth Belvedere belonging to Donny Johnson
Chad Landon's 2006 Harley Davidson Street Glide FLHX
My favorite was this 1971 AMC Javelin belonging to Sonny Thomas
Numbers matching, original interior 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass SS owned by Butch Landon
Supercharged 2017 Ford Mustang belonging to Justin and Jessi Bowers
This year the Music Boosters presented a Student's pick, a People's choice, a Best-of-Show, and 25 "Favorite" awards.
The Student's pick went to Dave Smith and his '09 American dragster
Fred Barlow and his 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 received the People's Choice award
This 1970 Plymouth Super B belonging to Mike Hamm took Best-of-Show
My only nit-pick is the way the favorite awards are announced. Rather than announcing the year, model and owner of the vehicle, they just call out the registration number. I find this very impersonal. Everyone that attends a show wants to know who and what cars received an award. I complained about this same issue last year. This year along with your windshield plaque you had to turn in a second sheet with your name and information about your car. There was no excuse for not announcing name and car info with the award.
Once again my good friend and unpaid reporter, Jeff Shankle, sent photos and a report from the 41st Annual Sharonville Classic Car Show. (I owe Jeff a nice meal after this season for all his hard work.)
More than 600 vehicles descended on downtown Sharonville, Ohio (Just north of Cincinnati) for yesterday's show. The show organizers warns that if you don't get there early you may not be able to find a place to park. Jeff and his wife made the drive to Sharonville Saturday evening just so they wouldn't have to get up at the crack-of-dawn on Sunday.
The show gives out first and second place awards in each of 15 classes in addition to a Best-in-Show, Chamber's Choice, Oldest Car and Show and Shine awards.
Jeff said the competition in each class was tough. His '66 Impala competed in the '66-'69 class with 110 other cars. The class included Chevelles, Camaros, GTOs, 442s, Mustangs, Challengers, Corvettes, you name it. His wife, Pam's, class wasn't much better with cars from 1960 through 1965. As you will see from a few of Jeff's photos, you know the competition is tough when the mirrors come out. Jeff's Impala did manage to place second in his class. Congrats!
Jeff said the show was very good. His only minor complaint was that a $20 registration fee should have been enough to give five awards per class instead of two.
Here are some of the vehicles from the show. No question some outstanding vehicles made the trek to Sharonville yesterday.