car, truck, bike show

The winner of the sheriff’s choice award, a 1968 Ford Falcon. 

Madison area car enthusiasts had an opportunity to show off their antique and classic wheels Sunday at Madison County High School. This was the third year for the resurrected auto show and the event has been growing steadily, providing funding for a different group every year. The Virginia Legends Softball team was the beneficiary of the 2018 show and the funds will go toward uniforms and travel expenses. Trophies for the car show were sponsored by Madison Ford.

The Virginia Legends Travel Softball Club is a year-round league for girls playing fast pitch softball. Girls are separated by age group and teams are fielded in 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under divisions. The league aims to be a stepping stone into collegiate athletics and players have ample opportunities to be seen by college coaches and scouts.

This year’s event drew over 90 cars from around the region. Awards were given in several categories including, best of show, best car, best truck, best bike and sheriff’s choice.

Co-organizer Judy Seale was pleased with this year’s event.

“This has been growing every year,” said Seale. “Years ago, we used to have a car show here in Madison. Then three years back a group of us decided to start one up again with the idea of raising money for local organizations. This has been a good way to raise money for different local causes. Along with the show we have a 50/50 raffle, other raffle items and valve cover racing. The 50/50 brought in $704 and we made $600 with the other raffle items. So many of our local people remembered the old show and missed it.”

Reva resident Ed Carpenter supported the show by bringing two of his vehicles—a 1965 Ford sedan and a 1980 Ford truck and received a trophy for the 1980 Ford pickup. Carpenter and his granddaughter Elizabeth Rock spent the day showing off the waxed and polished antiques.

“I haven’t been to one of these in ages, but it’s such good fun being here with Papa,” said Rock. “These cars are his babies and he’s always doing something with them. It’s a lot of fun to see what people have done with their cars.”

Seale said the show is popular with spectators in part because of the wide variety of vehicles.

“Many shows have just one type of vehicle,” said Seale. “We have some that are all original, motorcycles and a few customized cars. It is a little of everything.”

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