The event, sponsored by the Edgecombe County Veterans Museum and Heaven Bound Customs Car Club of Tarboro was held to help raise funds to support the Edgecombe County Veteran Museum and the ongoing renovations of the museum’s Colonial Theatre.
As you would expect, there were many beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. From modern-day muscle cars to restored 1930’s era classics, from choppers to ‘Fat Boys’, they were there to see and admire.
As impressive as the vehicles were, the setting for the event was even more awe-inspiring. The painted wall mural depicting times when Edgecombe County residents have risen to the call served as a backdrop to the car show. The Veteran’s Museum was open to the public and its display of memorabilia, photographs and chronicles of dedicated service by county veterans drew a steady crowd throughout the event.
Said Ellis Cullipher, Commander, American Legion Post 316 in Pinetops and member of the Heaven Bound Customs Car Club of Tarboro, “We had a fine show and a great turn-out. “
Midway through the event, the colors were presented by the Tarboro High School Air Force Junior ROTC under the leadership of Senior Master Sgt. Steve Alderman, and officiated by Colonel Walter J. Wilson Jr., commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Following the presentation of the colors, a moment of silence was called for in honor of the troops currently in combat and for all of those still missing in action. Recognition was made to those veterans in attendance that had served in all conflicts and crises from World War II to the current conflicts in the Middle East, with each asked to step forward while appreciation was shown for their service.
When the car show resumed, judges made their rounds, scoring each entry. The Top Prizes went to:
Motorcycle Divsion: 1st Place– Dennis Coker; 2nd Place – Luther Knight; 3rdPlace – Charlie Staton.
Best Import: Gregory Godwin
Best GM Truck: Donnie Lancaster
Best Ford: Keith Shevlin
Best GM Car: Billie Ray Vick
Best-In-Show: Daniel Richardson
Mascot: Cody Warren
Approximately $1,000 was raised to support the ongoing efforts of the museum. According to Edgecombe Veteran’s Museum Co-Founder, Joe Bourne, “It was a good day.”