Chelsea – In spite of the threat of rain showers throughout the day, a large number of loyal car show enthusiasts still managed to find their way to the grounds of St. Louis Center west of Chelsea for this year’s Second Annual Car Show. The event took place on Sunday September 21, 2014, and nearly fifty vehicles were on-hand for public display before the skies finally opened up to produce rain showers at 1:30 p.m.
Local Chairwoman, Cindy Lesser, was upbeat about the day saying, “People don’t like to bring their classic cars out in threatening weather, but we have a very loyal group of followers here, and we really appreciate their efforts in coming out to support our event this year.”
Many different vehicles were on hand, from a classic 1929 Ford Model-A to Ford Fairlanes, Mustangs, Torinos, Chevy Corvettes, and Dodge Chargers from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Classic military vehicles were also on display in the upper lot, as well as an interesting off-road vehicle.
Thirty-five different prize plaques were awarded to participants, and notable winners included John Mitchell from Chelsea. Mitchell won the “Best Import” and “Bubba’s Choice” Award for his 1956 Jaguar XK140 two-seater; Liz Gonyer of Manchester won “Best in Show” for her 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Convertible; and Bennie Sorrentino of Shelby Twp. was the winner of the 1995 Chevrolet Corvette C4 Convertible that was part of the raffle drawing. The car raffle sold 154 tickets at $100 each, and the raffle was guaranteed, if 150 tickets were sold.
Celebrity guests this year included “Top Hat” John Jendza who has been in the auto show business for 40 years, and Brian “Bubba” Cowan of W4 Country 102.9 FM in Ann Arbor. St. Louis Center is a residential care home for 50 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities west of Chelsea. Visit www.stlouiscenter.org for more information.