Saturday was the perfect day for a well-attended event as several people came out to enjoy the Midlothian Classic Wheels car show at Johnny Carino’s Restaurant.
Hosting with the Daily Light, all proceeds from the show benefited the Daily Light’s Disney Storytellers Relay for Life team.
“This is our second year coming to Waxahachie and joining in with the Daily Light,” said Corrine Wolfe of Midlothian Classic Wheels. “Last year, we only had a week to organize everything but this year, we had more time so we’re hoping to have a better turnout. We raised $900 at last year’s car show, but we’re hoping to beat that this year.”
Thirty-three cars entered last year, with 38 entered this year within the early hours of the show.
As a part of the show, prizes were awarded for the top 25 entries, Midlothian Classic Wheels president Alan Krohn said.
“People will vote on the car that is the most appealing to them,” Krohn said. “And although the top 25 cars will receive a plaque, there will only be one car — with the most votes — that gets the ‘best show’ award.”
Classic cars on hand for the show included a 1954 Ford pickup, a 1965 Ford Mustang, a 1934 Hudson Terra Plane, a 1964 Chevy Impala, a 1961 Chevrolet Apache 10 pickup, a 1964 C-2 Corvette, 1974 C-3 Corvette and a 1972 Cadillac. The cars grabbed the attention of everyone in attendance — whether it was his or her first time attending or not.
“This is my first time coming out to the car show and I only came because my son called and told me about it,” Robert Yeats said. “I think it’s a nice show and I like all of the cars but I really like that 1964 red Corvette. There are a few more up-to-date cars here, but I just like to see the older ones fixed up.”
“This is my first time coming to the Midlothian Classic car show but I’ve gone to others,” Aaron Chovanetz said. “I just like looking at all of them.”
“This is also my first time coming to the car show, but I’ve seen them out here before,” Blake Yeats said. “I just think it’s cool how people can restore old cars and make them look good. I think it’s nice that people take out the time and put forth effort to take pride in their cars. Of all the cars here, I like the red Camaro.”
As people walked by and glanced at the exterior as well as the interior of the different cars, some stopped by with questions — from the make and model to its renovation.
Many of the entrants — old and young alike — took out the time to introduce and explain the significance of their vehicle shown.
“I own a 1968 Candy Apple Red Mustang GT,” said 15-year-old Megan Willoughby, the youngest person showing.
“My car has a new dashboard, new tires and it has been repainted,” she said with her father, Monte adding, “We’re going to redo the door panels, the carpet and the seats too. We’re not only fixing the car up for her to show, but to drive it also.”
“I have a 2005 Chevrolet SSR which is a limited production model,” said owner Ron Hinton. “These cars are no longer on the market. There were only 24,000 of these cars made and I own one of them.”
“I have a 1955 Ford Customline, which is my play pretty,” said owner Jay Rhodes. “The only thing I’ve done is rebuild the motor but everything else is original. I traded my 1930 Model A Coupe with a rumble seat for this car so I try to make all the car shows I possibly can with it.”
As time wound down, more people crowded the restaurant’s parking lot to view the priceless cars.
“The community’s response is wonderful and I just think all the people are great,” Krohn said, with Wolfe adding, “The community always responds wonderfully. Overall, Waxahachie is just great to us.”
Throughout the day, the restaurant offered specials on food and drinks as door prizes were given out.
Some of the prizes included a cordless drill, a serendipity umbrella, popcorn, perfume and lotion package, a watch, a cookbook, gift and food certificates, a Ellis County history book, a Texas Hat Band CD and others.
Sponsors of the car show were Walton’s Muffler, Johnny Carino’s, Hobart Performance, Pearman Oil, City Bike and Mower, Sardis Tire and Wheels, Thornhill Auto Group, BK Utilities and several others.
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