ELIZABETHTOWN — The sounds of the music of Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys filled the air of the 17th annual Classic Cruisers Car Club’s Made In the Shade Open Car and Truck Show on Saturday as overcast skies in the morning gave way to partly cloudy skies in the afternoon.
Folks were able to wander among the pecan trees in front of San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown and ogle cars and trucks from the 1940s, ’50s and on through today.
“We’re very pleased,” said Classic Cruisers Car Club President Wayne Dove.
Dove said there were 242 entries.
“The way it looked this morning, it turned out really good,” said Dove.
Earlier in the day, there was a light mist falling and fog in the area, but the rain held off and folks came out to see the cars of yesteryear.
Jimmy Brice of Elizabethtown brought his 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Convertible to the show. Brice purchased the car in November 1957 from Clark Motor Company and has been the only owner.
Brice said one day he went to the dealership and he and Ellis Clark were negotiating on the car.
“I went and laid $3,000 on his wooden desk and went to the Coke machine, “said Brice.
He said when he came back Clark was completing the paperwork on the automobile.
Robin Ovalle and Oscar Gomez, both of Fayetteville, were checking things out at he show on Saturday.
“We come toe Elizabethtown a lot,” said Ovalle.
She said they come to Elizabethtown often to eat and shop and just enjoy the day.
“The people are nice and it’s a lot of fun,” said Ovalle.
Jimmy Williams travelled to the show from Moncure and proudly showed off his 1955 Chevrolet BelAir to show visitors.
“It’s mostly original except the motor and wheels,” said Williams of the car.
He has owned the Cashmere Blue and Indigo Ivy, colored car for about 29 years.
One of the More unique entries was a wooden, homemade pickup truck. The entry belonged to Henry Jackson of Dillon, S.C. and was a 1934 Ford Pickup Truck. The truck was all wood and gathered many lookers.
Another unique entry was a 1979 Excalibur that had a sign which read “99.6 percent as delivered.”
Proceeds raised from the show go to benefit Bladen We Care, Bladen Journal’s Empty Stocking Fund, Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Relay for Life.
—Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.