The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 18, 2013

Saturday car show to benefit Veterans’ Museum


TARBORO — An upcoming car and truck, motorcycle and tractor show Saturday will benefit the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum. The 3rd annual show will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  in the parking lot between the Colonial Theatre and the Tarboro Town Hall.

“It’s something for the whole family. Come out and look at cars and old tractors,” said James Warren, a member of the Heaven Bound Custom Car Club. “This is the first year we’ve thrown a tractor competition in it.”

Warren said Saturday’s event is open to anyone wanting to showcase a vehicle, of any sort.

“They can bring a lawnmower if they want,” Warren said. “Last year, we had a guy on a bicycle enter.”

Ellis Cullifer, a member of the veterans’ museum’s board of directors, said the show would offer a chance for people to swap information about the maintenance and preservation of classic cars, and catch up with old friends.

“It’s like a family of lovers of old cars,” Cullifer said. “By the time the day’s over, it’s like they’ve known each other for 100 years.”

Cullifer is a member of that “family” of classic car lovers, and plans to bring his 1966 candy apple red Mustang convertible to the show.

The fee to enter a vehicle in the show is $20, with a 1 p.m. entry cutoff. Judging will take place at about 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to the top 25 cars and trucks, the top five bikes, the top five tractors and custom tractors.

While cars will be the main focus of the show, the event will also honor veterans.

“It is a veterans’ museum and a veterans’ appreciation day,” Cullifer said. “We identify our veterans, from World War II to Vietnam all the way up to the Gulf War…We like to bring them up and have them recognized by the people.”

At noon, the Tarboro High School Air Force JROTC will do a flag honors presentation as a tribute to the veterans. At 1 p.m., the Tarboro Police Department will conduct a police dog demonstration.

Last year’s car show raised between $1,500 and $2,000 for the veterans’ museum.  

“The veterans’ museum is run completely off donations and volunteers,” Cullifer said. “The museum is free to the public.”

The museum will be open during Saturday’s show. Cullifer said the show not only will raise money for the veterans’ museum, but it will also bring traffic to the downtown and help the merchants.

Saturday’s event is free, but donations for the museum will be accepted. For more information, call Cullifer at 883-4856.