By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
A local car club, Deviant Creations, is bringing a two-day car, truck and bike show: “Respect: A Tribute to DropJaw” to Tarboro’s Riverside Plaza Saturday and Sunday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“We’re going to have at least 200 cars this weekend,” club member Brad Perkins said. “It’s the largest scale car show we’ve ever done.”
Chilly temperatures are in the forecast for Saturday, with a high of 58 degrees, but the chance of rain that day is only 10 percent.
“Respect” is replacing the ‘Freakshow,’ a car show that DropJaw Magazine held every year on the last weekend of October. The show was originally held at Parkhill Mall (now Riverside Plaza). Perkins said Deviant Creations is doing Saturday’s show as a tribute to DropJaw for providing a quality car show for people to attend every year. DropJaw is ceasing publication and will have a “museum of memories” from past Freakshows at this weekend’s show.
Perkins said he would like to think the show would bring “fun and excitement for people of all ages to enjoy all types of vehicles and customization like they’ve never seen before.”
“You’ll see everything from brand new fully-customized cars to your favorite classics,” he said.
Club member Nick Ellis said show attendees could expect to see “a little bit of everything … motorcycles and 4-wheel drives, low riders, pedal bikes.”
More than 65 classes of vehicles will be on display both indoors and outdoors at the show, with custom-cut, metal-fabricated trophies to be awarded to vehicles in each class and cash payouts for special awards. Two of the rides are Perkins’ fully customized yellow Honda S-2000 and club owner Nick Ellis’ 2006 white Dodge Ram.
Perkins’ car is fully customized, from the stereo system to the exterior paint job to the interior work. To him, customizing a car takes it from being a “normal, run-of-the-mill vehicle” to making it your own.
“You can get as crazy and creative as you want,” he said.
Cedric “Ced” Stokes plans to bring out his low-rider pedal bikes to the show. He said he believes the show will boost the local economy, because people from as far away as Virginia and South Carolina are coming to the show.
“All the restaurants will be filled. All the hotels are booked,” Stokes said. “It’s going to be a very packed and busy weekend right in the center of Tarboro.”
Entertainment is in store for car enthusiasts of all sorts at the two-day show, including a hydraulic hop competition and a sound pressure level competition. Bounce houses at the event will provide entertainment for children, and food vendors will sell everything from ribs to Chick-Fil-A sandwiches to Koni ice.
Perkins, Ellis and Stokes founded Deviant Creations in 2002. They said membership in the club has fallen off the past few years because of the economy, but they hope this weekend’s show will bring the custom car scene back to the area.
Sunday’s show will begin at 11 a.m. and end with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Riverside Plaza is at 1600 Western Blvd.
The cover charge for the car show is $2 for adults. Children ages 12 and under get in free. The cost to enter a car in the show is $25 for outdoor showing and $35 for indoor showing.
Deviant Creations will use the proceeds from this weekend’s car show for future shows, including a December charity show for Toys for Tots.