Car show brings hun­dreds to Ch­e­sa­peake City

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com By CH­ERYL MATTIX

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

The streets of Ch­e­sa­peake City were lined with clas­sic cars on Satur­day for the sixth an­nual Li­ons Club car show.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

A 1961 Chevy Su­per Sport blue con­vert­ible turned heads Satur­day dur­ing the an­nual car show.

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