Classic car songs from the 1960s livened the crowd and vehicles ranging from a purple 1934 Ford to a 1954 Pontiac that once had trees growing through it were displayed Saturday at a car and truck show in New Site.
Although rain threatened the event, close to 100 vehicles made it to the Klassic Kruisers’ 18th annual show sponsored by New Site Volunteer Fire and Ambulance.
“It turned out better than we expected,” New Site fire chief Tommy Latham said. “I’m well-pleased with the turnout. It’s a show for anybody that’s interested in classic cars. It doesn’t have to be classic cars; it can be an old, jacked-up truck or a new-model Mustang.”
There was an assortment of restored and customized Camaros, Thunderbirds and Corvettes but Latham said one of the most unique vehicles at the show was a red 1989 Chrysler TC Maserati convertible owned by Steven McCord of Daviston. Latham, 28, said it was the first Maserati he had seen because they are manufactured in Italy.
Craig Brooks owns the black, four-door 1954 Pontiac that sprouted trees when he rescued it.
“It was in the woods at my father-in-law’s house in Sardis,” Brooks said. “He didn’t buy it new; he had driven it a little bit and parked it out in the woods and I found it. It looked terrible; it had trees growing through it but I decided to save it. I build hot rods so I just saw it and wanted it. I just like different stuff and don’t like building the same thing everybody else does.”
Wood Gaston brought his blue 1946 Ford two-door to the show. World War II brought car and truck production to a standstill and Ford began producing civilian models again in 1945.
Gaston, 80, of Alexander City said he’s had the 1946 Ford for about 17 years and bought it already restored and customized from a man in North Carolina.
“I traded two Mustangs for it,” Gaston said. “It’s got a 350 Chevrolet motor in it.”
Jerry Reeves of Sylacauga brought his purple 1934 Ford pickup truck to the show.
“I love the show over here,” he said. “I like anything but mostly (Chevrolet) Chevelles. I’m a Chevelle freak.”
Reeves is the coordinator of the upcoming Antique Cars and Trucks Mule Day Show in Weogufka on Saturday.