Car show brings hundreds to Chesapeake City
CHESAPEAKE CITY — The Lions Club annual car show that has attracted hundreds of participants and visitors to the canal town each August for the last six years continues to be a hit.
“Everyone really loves the show,” said event organizer Ron Francis. “We had great weather and the bridge didn’t stop them from coming.”
Every spot was nearly full by about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Francis noted. But Francis admitted that with more than 500 cars leaving at about the same time, every road out of town was congested.
“We won’t know all the numbers from this year’s show for probably several days,” he said.
Chesapeake City Lions Club Communications Chair Bob Kidner said Saturday that 590 cars registered for the show this year.
The event, which is long on nostalgia and features classic and collector cars of yesteryear that are displayed throughout the streets of the old-fashioned waterfront town, attracts people from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and as far away as South Carolina and Michigan.
Families and friends strolled the streets for a closeup look at some vintage woodies, sports cars, trucks, convertibles and even a mail truck. Many snapped pictures with cameras and phones.
Francis recalled the first car show sponsored by the
Lions Club attracted 350 cars, even after being postponed a week because of a hurricane.
“We’ve had over 500 cars ever since,” he said.
As visitors strolled by the cars on display, they sometimes ducked into one of the town’s shops to browse and buy or just cool off. They also ordered food and drinks from several vendors that set up in the food court area of town and some ate in local eateries.
Meanwhile, a disc jockey played 1950s and 1960s era music from the Pell Gardens bandshell.
The club gave out 40 awards to car owners, along with three special awards for the “longest drive”, “biggest caravan” and a “chairman’s choice” award to the most outstanding vehicle.
Outer Circle Car Club from Pennsylvania got the caravan award for bringing 12 vehicles, while Ray Easton of Grand Rapids, Mich. got the longest drive at 790 miles. The Chairman’s Choice award winner’s name was not available at press time.
“Our 50/50 raffle continues to grow each year in popularity,” Francis said, noting last year’s winner got $1,300 and this year’s won $1,750.
The streets of Chesapeake City were lined with classic cars on Saturday for the sixth annual Lions Club car show.
A 1961 Chevy Super Sport blue convertible turned heads Saturday during the annual car show.