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Goodyear Car Show revs up another winner

Goodyear Car Show revs up another winner

Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 9:06 pm

The Goodyear Car & Bike Show keeps rolling along. The annual event Monday on the lawn of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant in Union City drew about 325 entries — among them 229 vehicles in judging competition and almost another 100 vehicles on display. “We were very pleased with the large turnout yesterday,” said Jimmy Cagle, manager of communications at the local Goodyear plant. “Our associates planning committee worked hard to prepare a quality event and we heard many very positive comments about the show. My hat’s off to this team for a great job. “The quality of the vehicles on display and in the judging competition was excellent. In our opinion, every car, truck and motorcycle in the show was a winner. “Once again, we appreciate the community’s support of this event. We hosted one of the largest crowds that we have ever had. And I think we had one of the best shows overall that we have ever had as well,” Cagle added. Mike Burress and Steve Dunn served as co-chairmen of the car show. The event featured 11 hot rods built by nationally-known Legens Hot Rods of Martin. Legens’ automobiles have been on the front covers of publications such as Street Rodder, American Rodder, Street Rod Builder, Super Rod and Rod and Custom. They have also won many prestigious national awards. Other display vehicles included a 2009 model Corvette provided by the Bowling Green, Ky., General Motors assembly plant; a 1951 Crosley Super Sports model racing car; a Stallion hybrid three-wheeler/motorcycle; and vehicles displayed by Boss Hoss Motorcycles of Dyersburg, Abernathy’s Motorcycles of Union City and local new car dealers. Among the specialty awards presented during Monday’s car and bike show were: • Judge’s Choice — Robin Wood of Union City, 1910 Brush; • Plant Manager’s Choice — Jim Sharp of Paducah, Ky., 2001 Corvette Z06; • Union City Mayor’s Choice — David Thomason of Murray, Ky., 2005 Ford Mustang California Special; • Best Muscle Car — Steve Worsham of Crofton, Ky., 1965 Pontiac GTO; • Best Street Rod — Ronnie Qualls of Lake City, Ark., 1941 Willys Coupe; • Best Engine — Cade Qualls of Lake City, 1946 Ford; • Nicest Corvette — Jimmy King of McKenzie, 1957 Chevy convertible; • Best Big Car — Joe Klinkhardt of Hayti, Mo., 1932 Studebaker; • Nicest Interior — Lowery Kiihno of Eads, 1933 Ford; • Best Mopar — Billy Waddell of Puryear, 2000 Dodge Viper; • Best Ford — Mark and Rhonda Delk of Columbia, 1969 Ford Mustang; • Best General Motors — Jim Sharp of Paducah, 2001 Corvette Z06; • Best Import — Doug Richards of Dresden, 1997 Honda Civic; • Best Mini Truck — 1992 Chevy S10, Martin (owner’s name not provided); • Longest distance driven — 1999 Chevy K1500 pickup, Queen Anne, Md. (owner’s name not provided); and • Most Participation, Car Club — Two Rivers Corvette Club, Paducah. Car and bike show sponsors included Union City Coca-Cola, WENK/WTPR/KF-99/KQ-105, Reynolds Brothers Tire Co., VF Outlet, Hampton Inn, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Wood Communications, Advanced Auto, Auto Zone and Goodyear Service Store. The Labor Day car show also helped launch September’s annual Obion County CornFest schedule of activities. Published in The Messenger 9.2.08