Antique Car show is Saturday at Pecan Square

Automobile lovers will be captivated by scores of well-loved vehicles on display at the 21st Annual Pecan Square Car Show Saturday.

As enjoyable as seeing the design and shine will be sharing memories the models evoke.

“When you look at those cars and you think of a car from the 1940s, for example, of times during the war and during the depression, and how they have survived and still exist today, that brings back a lot of memories,” said Michael Murray, president of the Eastern Shore Regional Antique Auto Club of America, which will host the show.

The 53-year-old club is one of the oldest in the country.

About 65 cars are expected. The show is open to anybody who arrives Saturday morning at 9 and registers. Registration cost is $10, but there is no admission charge. The event will end at 2 p.m., when awards are presented.

The exhibit is open to antiques, classics, special interest cars, motorcycles and trucks, preferably 25 years old or older. A Model T will  be there, Murray said, and maybe a Model A.

Guests will vote for their favorites and 24 trophies will be awarded.

“It would be a wonderful thing to bring the family out and the kids to look at these cars.  I think most of all, people remember the simplicity  and how those cars, to me, were the beginning of the wheels of this country,” Murray said.

“Those cars got people from point A to Z just as they do today and that shows us how transportation has grown and kept this country moving,” Murray said.

“I will have a car there that my  father drove  and  I can visualize him driving it. It’s a 1964 Pontiac Catalina 2+2. They only made it four years,” he added.

Cars will be positioned in the grassy area near Food Lion, at the shopping center. Murray said car club members like to fuel support for restaurants at Pecan Square. The plaza’s owner has been a longtime sponsor of the show, held 21 years.

There will be door prizes, free dash plaques and goody bags for participants.

“Everyone loves to talk about their cars. You see who we relate to these cars. It took care of everyone’s needs,” he said, remembering the words of a car salesman who steered him toward the sleek beauty of cars.

“It was Calvin Young at Cavanaugh Ford. He made a comment to me many years ago when I was buying a car. He said any car on the lot will take you to the grocery store. The question is, what kind of style do you want to go in?”

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