Troy Kiwanis Club hosts annual car show Saturday

Published 3:00 am Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dozens of cars will be showcased at the fifth annual Troy Kiwanis Best in Alabama Car Show today at Park Memorial Methodist Church on Elba Highway. Cars from all over the state and even Florida and Georgia will be in the show.

“There will be everything from old vintage cars to trucks and motorcycles,” said Caleb Dawson, Troy Kiwanis Club vice president. “Each car is special to its owner and each car has a story.”

Dawson expects about 100 vehicles to participate. They will be competing for awards such as “Best Engine,” “Best Paint,” “Best Classic” and “ Best in Alabama.”

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“We give one award for the longest relationship,” Dawson said. “That’s a cool thing to have a car that lasts a really long time. We think that’s something worth celebrating.”

The awards are wooden plaques made by the Troy Kiwanis Club, with the help of the Troy University Art Department’s laser engraving machine.

All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis International Eliminate Projects. These projects aim to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease that causes tens of thousands of deaths, according to Dawson. He said the disease can be prevented with a simple vaccination, and the money will allow countries that are unable to include it in their normal health routines to have access to the vaccination.

“Our mission is to serve the children of the world,” Dawson said. “This project is in line with that mission.”

Dawson said the show is a good opportunity to see cars that aren’t seen every day.

“Our show has grown every year,” he said. “We expect it to keep growing this year.” Every year we raise more money and are able to vaccinate more people.”

Cars, trucks and motorcycles can be entered into the show for $20 per vehicle. Those wanting to enter a vehicle into the show can arrive anywhere between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Spectators may show up during this time as well. Awards will be given out at noon. Door prizes, refreshments and T-shirts will be available.