Classic, not plasticPublished 7:34pm Saturday, May 11, 2013
Cool cars were everywhere in downtown Suffolk Saturday, from Pontiac Firebirds to old Ford Falcons.
The fifth annual Shake, Rattle & Roll Spring Car Show, started by local car club Suffolk Rods & Muscle Cars, gave older generations a walk down memory lane and younger folks insight into what cars were like before they turned plastic.
The event started with registration between 8 a.m. and noon. It didn’t let up until Main Street reopened to ordinary traffic at 4 p.m.
“We’ve come for the last two years,” said Hopewell’s Bill Thompson, at the show with wife Marion Thompson and Suffolk’s Phillip Barnes and Bill Branton.
“It’s all about the old cars and the people. These are actually old cars, not new cars trying to look old.”
Along with various food and other stalls, the event featured a “tribute tent” with memorabilia, souvenirs and visitor information.
Folks seemed to have traveled to the event from far and wide, with many having come from North Carolina.
Boy Scout Troop 1 performed a Presentation of Colors mid-morning, and The Heather Edwards Band provided entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
A Hula Hoop contest was held on the main stage, and the awards presentation included 34 trophies, indicating just how many classic cars rolled in for the event.
Suffolk Rods & Muscle Cars member Peggy Griggs said the event is “wonderful.” Griggs drives a 1969 Camaro Z28. “It’s all original paintjob and all,” she said.
Andy and Caleb Keaton drove all the way from Culpepper County. “There are some nice vehicles,” Andy Keaton said. “Some unique vehicles. I was always a Pontiac man.”