Car Show For Good Cause

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

April 18, 2005

From the sunshine and beautiful weather to the music and prizes, locals find a parking lot full of treasures.

"We have a few imports here. We have some antique cars. We have what you call street rides, which are older cars with newer motors. We just enjoy all the cars," said Frank Upman, President of the Charlottesville Cruisers, who host the show.

This is the 14th year the Cruiser Club has hosted this event and many participants agree that the best part is meeting people with similar interests.

"We call it bench racing to talk about old cars and told times and what you did to your car this year since last year. It's just a real laid back atmosphere," said Upman.

"We come just to meet friends and have a good time and talk about old cars," said Dennis Spencer, owner of a 1956 Chevrolet.

"It's a lot of fun. I like working on cars, so it's a lot of fun," said Joe Huddelston who brought his 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

"You know you listen to a lot of different stories and people add a little," said 1965 T-Bird owner, Albert Moier.

The day may be filled with car talk, but all the money goes to local charities.

"It makes me feel good to give the money back to the community. It makes me feel good to let the community to see what kind of cars are still around Charlottesville," said Upman.

Not just licensed drivers attended the event. Championship winning Junior Drag Racers also showed off their vehicles.

"It's exciting because not a lot of kids get to do this and I feel like I get to be one of the lucky ones," said Junior Drag-racer Ashley Bowles.

This year's event competed with a large show in Waynesboro, but over 88 people still registered their cars.

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