ELIZABETHTOWN— A soggy day didn’t dampen the spirits of those who turned out Saturday to support the annual Made in the Shade Open Car & Truck Show, sponsored by the Classic Cruisers Car Club.
The show was held on the lawn in front of San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. One entrant came from Florida to enjoy day and the festivities.
Once the cars were registered and lined up under the pecan trees, the gates were opened and folks who dared to brave the weather were in for a real treat. All manner of cars and trucks from new 2014s to classic 1920s were all on display, bringing back memories of yesteryear. There were all makes and models including Fords, Pontiacs, Dodges, Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs and trucks and few convertibles, too. Two of the more unique cars on display were a Dodge Viper and a Plymouth Prowler.
Classic Cruisers member Roger Teachey said the dreary weather hurt the turnout, with only 95 entries being received this year. Last year, the show had 274 entries.
“The weather hurt us bad. It’s raining all around us,” said Teachey on Saturday.
Rain was in the forecast for the area at a predicted 70 percent chance for Saturday, and that prediction was on the money.
The rain began at around 11 a.m. and a deluge followed. The judges for the show got down to work early and the trophies were handed out at about 1 p.m.
Trophy winners included:
— Best in Show Older trophy went to Donald Holland
— Best in Show Newer trophy went to Jose Ojas.
— The trophy for oldest vehicle went to the Elizabethtown Fire Department’s 1929 Model A Ford Fire Engine.
— The trophy for the Best Host Vehicle went to Perry Dixon.
— The Club Participation trophy went to Coastal Carolina Car Club with 10 entries.
“It still was a success. We appreciate the ones who did come out to support it,” said Teachey.
Following the awarding of the trophies at about 3 p.m. the engines of the cars still present roared to life as folks began to prepare for the trek back home.
A portion of the show’s proceeds go to support Bladen We Care, Bladen Journal Empty Stocking Fund, Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Relay For Life.
Teachey said the members of the Classic Cruisers Car Club will meet and begin planning for next year’s show. He said the group will discuss what went right and what they feel they can improve upon to make next year’s show better for entrants and visitors alike.