Monday, May 24, 2010

Cape Fear Cruisers Club takes pride in rides

For some, it was a chance to enter their classic cars in competition – and trade tips and stories about them. For others, it was the perfect venue to sell their cars. But for everyone who was there, the recent Cape Fear Cruisers Club car and truck show was definitely a trip down memory lane.

Earlier this month, more than 80 old cars, classic cars and muscle cars filled the Walmart parking lot in Southport. The Cape Fear Cruisers Club sponsored the event, which included many door prizes, a raffle, and a drawing for two children’s bikes, compliments of the Southport Police Department.

As the host club, members of The Cape Fear Cruisers were excluded from the competition. Judging was based on the condition of the interior, exterior, engine, paint, trunk compartment, and engine compartment.

Best of Show was won by Dennis Kunce of Holden Beach for his 1971 Chevy El Camino. Best GM car went to Frankie Thomas of Leland for his 1955 Chevy convertible. Best Ford was awarded to Gayle Eury of Supply for his 1938 Ford, and Best Mopar was a 1934 Plymouth, owned by Addison Conley of Southport. For non-car enthusiasts, Mopar is short for motor parts and is the name of the automobile parts and service arm of The Chrysler Group.

According to Steve Bisson, the club’s president, the oldest car in the club is a 1929 Model A Ford, owned by John and Sarah Whitmer of Oak Island. The oldest car at the show was a 1923 Ford, owned by John Falor of Boiling Spring Lakes, and it is for sale. “It’s Ma’s,” said Falor, “and she wants to sell it and go on a cruise.”

If there had been a category for “best memory jogger,” the prize may well have gone to the Chevy Bel Air convertible with a tray attached holding a hamburger, French fries, and a coke, and parked next to a pair of drive-in speakers.

The event was sponsored by 34 local businesses, and the entry fee was $20. All proceeds will go toward scholarships and to help the less fortunate families in Brunswick County.

The club has about 30 members from Southport, Oak Island, Boiling Spring Lakes and St. James. More information is available from the secretary, Harriett Johnson, at 228-3530 or the president, Steve Bisson, at 253-9425.

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