By Greg Glassner
Into each life some rain must fall, the poet Longfellow wrote.
But owners of painstakingly restored, washed and waxed antique, custom, and performance
cars are not fond of displaying them in a drenching rain.
So the Kiwanis Club of Ashland postponed its first Kar-Wanis Car Show from Saturday, May 14
to Sunday May 15 at the Ashland Junction Shopping Center. And when the early morning fog
lifted the entrants and spectators were greeted with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s.
Although not all of those registering for Saturday were able to make it Sunday, about 36 cars,
trucks, sports cars and muscle cars from 70 years old to nearly new did make it. And proceeds
from the show and food sales benefit the children of Ashland and Hanover County, which is the
The People’s Choice award went to a red and white 1955 Chevy Bel Air owned by Cathy
Two sponsor trophies, the first by the UPS Store and the second by Mac’s Tire Pro, went to
Chris Carter’s 1966 Chevy Nova II and a 1966 Pontiac GTO owned by John Budesky.
Class winners were:
Class A: Phil Robinson’s stunning 1959 Ford Galaxie 500;
Class B: Earl Crowder’s 1948 Ford Coupe;
Class C: Terry Hoffman’s 1969 Ford Mustang;
Class D: Sidney Bryce’s 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS;
Class E: James Pitts’ 2011 Ford Mustang; and
Class F: Barry Wilkerson’s 2018 Chevy Camaro.
Trophies were also awarded for second and third in class.
Glass Castle Events provided a D.J. with “car music,” and the Ashland Kiwanis Club’s grilling
team sold burgers, dogs and cold soft drinks.
“Heading into the weekend we did not know what to expect from the weather and our decision
to postpone the show by a day worked out perfectly,” said Kar-Wanis Show Chairman Roy
Mills. “We had a great turnout of cars, some great sponsors and several hundred spectators
enjoyed the show free of charge.”