Crusin’: Talladega resident Caleb Hicks looks at a Camaro SS on display at the Klassic Kruisers car show, swap meet and car corral held Saturday at New Site City Hall Saturday. | Natalie Nettles

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Hundreds attend car show in New Site

Published 7:39pm Monday, April 18, 2011

Friday night’s weather may have kept a few car lovers away from the 10th annual Klassic Kruisers car show Saturday – but not very many.

Hundreds of car owners who weren’t afraid to get a little mud on the tires of their rare and vintage rides attended the annual car show, swap meet and car corral held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Site City Hall.

“There are over 200 cars here,” Klassic Kruisers president Aaron Perry said.

Among the rows of classics was a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I.

“I traded a ’67 (Pontiac) GTO that my wife and I drove to L.A. and back in ’03 for it,” said owner Charles Morton, who traveled to the show from his hometown of Snead. “We got back and saw this Mustang at a car show and swapped cars with a guy. My bill of sale is made out on the back of a car show flyer. It’s been to Arizona for the Route 66 Fun Run and three times to the Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Illinois.”

Lynn and Debra Causey of Hackneyville displayed their 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle that the couple completely restored themselves with custom upholstery, a new engine, a new transmission and a new paint job.

“It took us about five and a half years to build it,” Lynn said. “It’s just something we love to do … I have another one going right now.”

Other cars on display included a 1964 Ford Mustang owner and Ashland resident John H. Denny said was the first Mustang that came to Atlanta, Ga.; a 1948 Chevrolet Panel Truck owned by Auburn resident Richard Franey; a 1964 Chevelle owned by Alexander City resident Johnny Walker; a 1965 Ford Mustang owned by Goodwater resident Erskin McKinney; a 2010 Dodge Challenger owners Dale and Renee Noles drove from Franklin, Ga.; and a fully-fabricated dirt late model Phil Stephens brought from Lafayette.

David and Kim Morrill visited the show from Sylacauga. David restores antique motorcycles, and even displayed a bike at the show last year, but this year he and Kim decided just to drive out and look around.

“We love looking at the old cars,” Kim said. “I like the old Firebirds, because I had one in high school, but there are a lot of nice ones here.”

Perry said that cars were not judged, but car owners and visitors had plenty of chances to win with multiple cash and prize drawings throughout the day.

The New Site Ambulance and Fire Department provided a pancake breakfast and visitors were also treated to a barbecue lunch, refreshments, several arts and crafts booths and a performance from the Kowaliga Kloggers.

All proceeds from the annual event will go back into the community.

Proceeds from the 2010 event were allocated as follows: New Site Fire Department $2,500, New Site Ambulance $2,500, Daviston Fire Department $1,500, Horseshoe Bend Senior Scholarship $1,500, WWII Veteran’s Freedom Flight $1,125. They also used the proceeds to donate to needy families in community.

City Hall. | Natalie Nettles