The Lake Country Classics Car Club is coming back to Jim Hogg City Park in Quitman Oct. 20.
It’s been two years since the show was in Quitman. The 2016 show in Mineola drew 319 cars and there was not a show last year.
Club President R.T. Bridges said the show this year is using a new concept. “We are back with a whole new concept. We have accepted 100 entries and that is where we are at right now,” Bridges said. “We are looking forward to a great show this year and are glad to be back in Quitman at Hogg Park.”
The car club was set up after an informal meeting at the Quitman Library drew 25 interested classic car enthusiast. A meeting was held in January, 2010, at the Minnow Bucket and 50 people showed up. A charter was adopted in February, 2010 with charter membership at 63.
“We had our first car show Sept. 11, 2010 with 102 entries. At the second show in 2011, we had 146 entries along with music by Dale Cummings and lots of food and drinks,” Bridges noted. “The third show in 2012 followed a day when we had five inches of rain and we still had 120 entries.”
The show continued to grow and in 2016 moved to Mineola Civic Center where a record 319 entries. “The club was overwhelmed and we did not have a show in 2017,” Bridges said. “We decided to sit back to rest and rethink this event.”
Bridges said the changes in the show were set in place for this year. “We will see the show return to Hogg Park with a whole new concept which is pre-registration and limited to 100 cars,” Bridges stated. We are grateful to have the support of 50 local businesses which have helped make our shows a success.”
This year there will be live entertainment under the pavilion along with several non-profit organizations who will be selling food and drinks to raise funds for their groups.
People who are interested in classic cars are invited to join members of the club at their regular meetings the third Monday of each month at Red Dome Restaurant in Quitman at 6 p.m. and they can be a part of the club’s other activities throughout the year. “We participate in car shows, parades, community and charity events such as Toys for Tots, and we give scholarships to students who want to further their education in the automotive field,” Bridges commented. “We also donate annually to various non-profit organizations in the Wood and Rains county areas.”