The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


November 15, 2010


TARBORO — They parked the cars at Riverside Plaza and folks came out Saturday to look.

Score the first annual Tarboro Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show a success.

"It was a very good turnout," said Brad Perkins, who coordinated the show for the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce.

More than 50 trophies were handed out, including 14 "Best of" awards

"We had very, very positive feedback," Perkins said.

“It went very well,” said Chamber President Bobbie Martin.

Asked if the Chamber would do it again next year, she answered, “Absolutely. We had cars from as far away as  Emporia, Va.”

All the ingredients were present: handsome cars and trucks of all colors and modifications, shining on a sun-splashed day  with an appreciative audience strolling by, enjoying the show.

"You could fell the testosterone in the air," one woman said, smiling.

"It bring back old memories," said Billy Barnes, 71."I can identify with so many of them."

"This is great for Tarboro, Jeannette Brown said. "They need shops open in the mall. This would have brought in business today."

Carolyn Williamson Hess of Richmond was enjoying the show with her husband Milton while in town for her 50th Tarboro High School reunion.

"They have some nice cars here," said Ferrell Rollins of Tarboro while looking at a  bright red 1939 Ford Coupe.  "That's when a bumper was a bumper."

Skip Bailey of Oriental was there with his 1923 Ford Roadster, sporting its original upholstery an a new radiator.

"I come to these shows when my wife kicks me out," he said.

Ellis Cullifer had before and after photos of his 1966 cherry red Ford Mustang convertible with the Pony interior.

"I bought it for $2,500," said Cullifer of the Lawrence Community. "It took me four years to restore it."

He claimed he would part with it for $30,000.

Kara Gainey, 19, of Pinetops was busy polishing a modified 2005 Ford Focus that belonged  to her boyfriend, Ryan Caseholt, 23, of Pinetops. The car had six video screen hug speakers with 3,000 amps.

"Yeah, I have gotten six or seven tickets (for loud noise) and tinted windows," Caseholt said, "but that is part of the hobby."

A sign said Pete Temple's 1951 Ford was for sale.

Julius Wooten had a 1955 lime green and tuxedo black Mercury Montclair and a 1955 brochure advertising it.

"It runs good," he said.

Rodney and Lorri Brewer of Tarboro were proud of their son Blake's 1998 Chevy Truck and '68 Camaro.

"I know how he's spending his money," his father said.

Fifty-nine car, trucks and motorcycles were entered – with plenty of room for even more next year.

A 2009 Scion had a banner from the Deviant Creations car club paying tribute to former member Blake Williams, who was killed in Iraq  in March 2008.


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