Oakwood car show honors veteran, Frank Turk
Chris Hartman looks at cars during the 2016 Secret Santa Car Show at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus. - photo by Erin O. Smith

An Oakwood icon, the late Frank Turk’s legacy continues through the annual Oakwood Secret Santa Car Show.

Organizers will bestow an award in Turk’s name to the owner of an El Camino and/or vehicle with the most patriotic flair.

“We look at every vehicle, and we choose one that’s most representative of what he believed in and what he loved,” said Sheri Millwood, a real estate broker helping to organize Saturday’s event.

A Korean War veteran and local businessman, Turk, who died in 2011, was very patriotic and loved the Chevrolet El Camino, a coupe/pickup discontinued in 1987.

“Frank did a lot for the (Oakwood) community, and we felt like, because he was a part of the (car) show beginning, it would be fitting to honor with him,” Millwood said.

Oakwood Secret Santa Car Show

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Parking lot of University of North Georgia’s Continuing Education Building, Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood

How much: Free

Plenty of other cars will be on display as well at the 8th annual event, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the University of North Georgia’s Continuing Education Building, off Landrum Education Drive, in Oakwood.

The show, which last year drew 3,000-4,000 people and featured 250 vehicles, is free to the public, as is parking.

Awards will be presented to top cars across several makes and models, as well as best interior, best paint and best wheels. Also, an award will be presented for best motorcycle.

The best Camaro award is new this year, Millwood said.

With registration at $25 for vehicles, proceeds will go to the Community Care and Share, a nonprofit group that distributes toys and winter clothing to needy children and their families at Christmas.

Vehicles can be registered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Food will be available at the event, and a silent auction, entertainment, prizes and vendors are planned.

Organizers will decide by 2 p.m. Friday whether the event needs to be postponed because of rain; the decision will be posted on the event’s website.

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