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Soggy start leads to sunny end for Made in the Shade Open Car and Truck Show

By Erin Smith

A rainy start to the day led to a sunny finish for the Classic Cruisers Car Club’s 19th annual Made in the Shade Open Car and Truck Show in Elizabethtown. The well attended show had 91 entries with some traveling from as far away as Monroe.

“The weather has kept a lot of them from coming,” said Wayne Dove, of Classic Cruisers Car Club.

Car clubs represented included the Tri-Beach Cruisers, Old Lightning Rods of Clinton and a Mustang club from Shallotte.

One unusual entry in the show was a semi-truck. “For the first time in 19 years, we have a semi-truck entered. That is the first one we’ve ever had,” said Dove.

Debbie and Steve McPherson of Whiteville entered their 1970 Boss 302 Mustang.  “We used to come every year,” said Debbie McPherson. She explained this year, they decided to come to the show.

Mr. Tew of Clinton had his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air on display. He said he had his car for about three years and has been working to restore it.  He said the car is a 2 door hard top, automatic transmission with power steering and power brakes, power windows and air conditioning.

One entry that was drawing attention was a customized Chrysler 300 which was a tribute to POWS and MIAs in the military.

“I served in military for 22,” said Jose Ogas of Fayetteville. Aside from his own military career, he added he had an uncle who was a prisoner of war (POW).

Orgas said he jumped in Panama and has served tours of duty  in Kosovo, Desert Storm/Desert Shield and Afghanistan.  He said he earned 2 Bronze Stars.

Trophies were handed out in several categories. The winner of the Best of Show 1987 and newer was Glenn Howell of Clarkton with a 2012 Roush Mustang.  The winner of Best of Show 1987 and Older was Jack Maynor with a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.

The winner of the trophy for Best Host Vehicle went to Wayne Dove.  The Club Participation trophy went to the Southern Cruisers Car Club.

The Ladies Choice award was presented to Frank Harrison of Lumberton for his 1957 Buick.

Sue Orgas won the half-and-half drawing in the amount of $320. She said she will give the money to a member of her car club who is undergoing cancer treatment.

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