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Annual car show gives back, too
Lanierland Old Car Club event raises money for scholarships
Henry Loggins’ custom 1955 Chevrolet BelAir sports the modern technology of new cars inside the classic red body.
Lanierland Old Car Club car show
When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Lanier Technical College campus, 4 Stallworth St., Gainesville
How much: $15 car registration, car corral $10, swap space $10
More info: Chuck Dyarmett, 770-532-0159; Charles Lewis, 770-287-4330

Henry Loggins and Charlie Lewis didn’t rebuild their classic cars — a 1955 Chevrolet BelAir and a 1959 Ford Fairlane, respectively — from an old heap of rust and metal, but they love them just the same.

Both Loggins and Lewis have been members of the Lanierland Old Car Club for years and will be helping put on the 29th annual car show this weekend.

Director of the event Chuck Dyarmett said during a busy Memorial Day weekend that his club’s car show is perfect because it’s over by lunchtime, which is perfect to keep the hot rods out of the sun’s harmful rays and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

“This one has classes and they are split up by years. We have three groups of judges that go over pretty much each car thoroughly,” Dyarmett said. “It’s not a question of the top 20, it’s each car is evaluated.”

The entry fee is $15 — “Which is less than most shows,” Dyarmett pointed out — and the most the money generated from the event goes to a scholarship fund at Lanier Technical College.

The car show features automobiles that are 25 years or older. Judging starts as soon as the cars are parked.

“Last year we had a little over 100 cars,” Dyarmett said. “So, we’re hoping to see that again.”

Lewis, a member of the car club and owner of a 1959 Ford Fairlane 500, said there will be breakfast for sale at the car show and hamburgers and hotdogs cooked up by the Kiwanis Club.

“A DJ will play ’50s and ’60s music, car trivia and door prizes,” Dyarmett said. “Instead of 20 there are 43 opportunities to get a plaque.”

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