W. TERRY SMITH
You might want to bring a camera if you plan to attend the Car, Truck and Bike Show Saturday at Riverside Plaza.
It's sponsored by the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce that is calling the first-time event "the first annual."
"We'll see," said Chamber President Bobbie Martin. "We hope it will be the start. It's a serious hobby."
"You are in for a treat," said Brad Perkins of Norris Auto Sales and Service who has helped Martin organize the 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. show. "There will be some beautiful vehicles with elaborate paint jobs, graphics, accessories."
It will be up to a panel of three judges to choose the Top 50 and a Top 10 from that. Trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m. for Best in Show in both modern and classic (probably from 1979 and later) categories.
Perkins, who has been involved in car shows for the last 11 years, also is member of the Deviant Creations car club in Tarboro, which will have some entries.
John Daigle of Extreme Graphics, who prepared the trophies, will be there with members of N.C. Krawlers from Greenville and their off-road buggies. Rick Williams has promised to park one of his limousines. Doug Henry Chevrolet and Ford will be represented.
Admission is free, entry registration is $20 and in addition to the cars, truck and motorcycles on display there will be vendors offering food (nachos, burgers, fries, chicken, smoothies, cotton candy, etc) and car accessories.
There will be a disc jockey (Brad's brother Frank Perkins) playing music all day, drawing for door prizes and a 50-50 raffle, Martin said.
It's billed as a family event; no alcohol is allowed.
Lewis Jones of the Born Again Classic car club in Tarboro is excited. His club may have as many as 15 cars on display.
"We love a car show," Jones said, "and pleased to see one right here in town."
The Born Again Classic club raises money for needy families by selling a calendar featuring their treasures.
"Last year we were able to help five families," said Jones, who will be displaying his 1964 red Chevrolet.
"I bought that car new," he said. "I still have the bill of sale."
The club often spends a weekend afternoon "cruising" over to Greenville, Nashville, Raleigh ... wherever.
"We just enjoy getting together and having a good time," said Jones, 73.
It is a regular participant in area Christmas Parades with the Ten Commandants on both sides of their cars.
Before there were car shows in Tarboro, the young men would drive their prizes over to the Hollywood Drive-In and show 'em off, Bud Woolard recalled.
"I love old cars," said Wollard, 60.
Woolard has hosted several "cruise-ins" this year at his Classic Diner at 105 Pitt St.
"Old cars bring back a lot of memories," he said, "good memories."
The weather forecast is for sunny skies and warm tempratures in the upper 60s.