Bailey Cruise-In draws 29 classic cars
Classic cars can be time machines, and there was a lot of traveling back through the years Sunday afternoon.
The Seth Bailey Memorial Cruise-In drew 29 vehicles for the ninth annual event, which raises money for the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House.
Typical of the time travelers was Marvin Shortt, a 1964 Powell Valley High School graduate who now lives in the Kingsport, Tenn. area. He showed his 1964 Chevy Impala, a car he bought in Lancaster, Pa. in 1998. Shortt has rebuilt the Impala over a period of about 10 years and regularly takes it to the weekly cruise-ins at the Traders Village lot in Kingsport.
Wayne Hamilton’s 1935 Dodge pickup was the big winner of the Bailey Cruise-In, taking the Best Street Rod, People’s Choice and Seth Bailey Memorial trophies.
Category winners for Sunday’s show, which was held in the Powell Valley National Bank parking lot, were:
• Best GM — Cotton Ryan, 1968 Chevy pickup truck.
• Best Ford — Rod Garrett, 1971 Ford Torino.
• Best MoPar — Don Belcher, 1969 Road Runner.
Organizer Nancy Bailey said the event raised $3,903, and she fully expects the total to exceed $4,000 — money that help makes it possible for families of hospitalized children to stay at the Johnson City, Tenn. facility.
“This is the best car show we’ve had in years,” Bailey said. “David and I would like to thank all who participated this year, including our sponsors, our friends who volunteered to help run the show, and most of all, the folks who came and brought cars and the folks who came to see them.”