ELIZABETHTOWN — On a hot and steamy day, with only a suggestion of a late-afternoon thunderstorm that never materialized, the Classic Cruisers Car Club both a long line of vintage cars and trucks — as well as a throng of visitors to the annual 15 annual made in the Shade Open Car and Truck Show.
The event took place in its usual spot along West Broad Street in front of San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown — all under a canopy of trees — on Saturday.
“We had a really super day,” said Roger Teachey, a member of the Classic Cruisers Car Club and organizer of day’s events. “It was hot, but it turned out rain free, which always saves a car show.”
Teachey said the event attracted a total of 274 vehicles — one of the largest number ever — some from as far away as Florida..
“We’ve had a little more than 300 before, but this is the one of the best we’ve had in recent years,” Teachey said. “We’re very happy with that number.”
After the vehicles were all lined up under the shade trees and the gates opened for the public, folks treamed in throughout the day to view the classics and talk with the owners.
“We had far more spectators than we’ve ever had before,” Teachey said. “It was just a good day all the way around.”
Organizers of the event give out more than 125 trophies for everything from a Top 100 car to Best of … in numerous categories to the Best of Show award (results were not available by press time, but will be published in Friday’s edition of the Bladen Journal).
The events 50-50 drawing raised about $1,400. Proceeds from the entire event are given by the club to local charities like Bladen We Care, the Bladen Journal’s Empty Stocking Fund, Relay for Life and the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.