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by Erin Smith

The sounds of oogah horns and chugging engines will soon fill the air as Classic Cruisers Car Club’s 19th annual Made in the Shade Open Car and Truck Show takes place Saturday on the lawn in front of San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Registration is from 8 a.m. until noon and judging will begin as soon as each row is filled.

Registration is $25 per vehicle and dash plaques will be given to the first 200 entries. There will be door prizes and a 50-50 drawing. A portion of the proceeds raised go to benefit several charities in Bladen County.

The event is sponsored this year by Lumberton Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac and Clarks Auto Glass and Truck Tops of Whiteville.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and spend the day. Food vendors will be on hand offering a variety of treats to help you cool off.

Trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m.  There are two Best of Show awards this year as well as Best Ford and Best GM. Other awards include Best Chenille, Best Camaro, Best Mopar, Best Full Size Truck, Best Street Rod, Best original, Best Foreign, Best Corvette ’53-82, Best Corvette ’84 and Newer, Best Mustang ’64-’85, Best Mustang ’86 and Newer, Best Other, Best Rat Rod, Most Unusual, Ladies Choice, Longest Distance, Best Host Vehicle, Oldest Vehicle (not homemade), Club Participation (must have registered vehicle in show).

The show has attracted entries from as far away as Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. Everyone is encouraged to come out, reminisce and enjoy the day.

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