The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 23, 2013

Car show to benefit veterans’ museum rescheduled for this Saturday

The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — If classic cars and antique tractors rev your engine, head on down to the car, truck, motorcycle and tractor show behind the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum on Saturday.

The benefit for the museum originally scheduled for last Saturday has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, at 106 Church St.

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

While classic cars will be a highlight of Saturday’s show, Warren said the 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, 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 time 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.

“It is a veterans’ museum and a veterans’ appreciation day,” 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.”

One of the highlights of Saturday’s show is a noon presentation of flag honors by the Tarboro High School Air Force JROTC. At 1 p.m., the Tarboro Police Department will do 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 open 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, which will help the merchants. Refreshments will be sold at the show, as well.