By Joan Cronk
The 11th annual Hi-Tech Collision Classic Car and Truck Show at Sprinker Recreation Center was not for the faint of heart this year.
Steady rain kept some participants away, but 120 car enthusiasts showed up Sept. 24 to display their cars and trucks, listen to rock music, visit automobile-related vendor booths, sample espresso coffees and visit with other car owners and guests.
The free show had a wide variety of pre-1985 classic cars and trucks sporting brilliant paint jobs and gleaming chrome.
Howard Jenkins brought his 1953 Chevy truck and proudly showed off the wooden bed he made for it, as well as photos of teardrop trailers that he builds as a hobby.
Jenkins, who spent 30 years in the Army and then managed a tow truck company, said he wasn’t bothered by the rain, adding, “Lots of people are afraid their cars will melt.”
Robert Jackson and his 9-year old son Tanner, who were among the spectators, live within walking distance of the car show and said they didn’t mind the weather, either.
“We get to see all the cars and take pictures,” said Jackson.
Keith Lee stood by his 1949 Packard Ambulance, dressed in a pirate outfit and waving a sword to as part of the show’s pirate theme. His unique ambulance came from Pennsylvania with the engine unassembled. Lee rebuilt the engine and transmission and said he just loves Packards.
“I told a friend I’m not buying any more Packards, but when I saw this one, I just fell in love with it,” said Lee, who works as a custodian for Costco.
Scheduled to run from 10 am to 3 pm, Sprinker event coordinator Becca Boyle said the crowd moved into the recreation center’s Alder Room by 10:30 for a lunch sponsored by Lady Luck’s Steakhouse.
“It was a fabulous Caribbean meal to go long with the pirate theme,” said Boyle.
Award presentations ran from noon to 12:45, and the Best of Show was won by Paul Brown for his 1928 pickup truck.
The annual car show is a great hit with car owners. “We keep doing it because we have so much fun and it serves a great purpose,” said Boyle.
Plans are already in place for next year’s family-oriented, free event, and Boyle has no doubts it will be a success.
“We’ve already proved we can do it in the rain,” she said.