Car show celebrates vets
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Aug 12, 2013, 15:28
CAITLIN DAVIS/ HOPEWELL NEWS /NEWS-PATRIOT This Ford Cobra was among the numerous cars at the 14th annual Southern Knights Cruisers Car Show held at Richard Bland College on Saturday.
DINWIDDIE — Cars ranging from the very old to the brand new lined the lawn at Richard Bland College on Saturday. The 14th annual Southern Knights Cruisers Car Show was not only a celebration of cars from the past and present, it was also a chance for the cruisers to give back. Proceeds from the show are going towards the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Fisher House and McGuire Veterans Hospital.
Over the years, the Cruisers have raised a total of $270,000 to give back to the community, and this year was proving to be no exception. Ricky Williams, president of the Southern Knights Cruisers, said this year’s show was expected to bring in over $10,000.
“The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program is fantastic,” Williams said. “I’m happy.”
Apart from being happy to raise the funds for the veterans, Williams was also pleased with the turnout. A total of 239 cars, as well as 51 vendors, filled the lawn at the college on that hot Saturday afternoon.
CAITLIN DAVIS/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT The lifted Ford F-350 was one the highest vehicles at the car show on Saturday. The truck, represented by JW Electric in Colonial Heights, stood at 10 feet from the ground to the top of the truck.
Also seen on the lawn, were 400 army troops from Fort Lee, who could be seen peaking under the hoods of the cars and munching on food from the vendors. One car a few soldiers stopped to take a glance at belonged to Jack Parslow of Powhatan. The shiny, blue 1951 Dodge Sportabout was a rare gem at the show. Parslow owns only one of the 1,002 that were made. He has owned the car for almost 18 years and this year alone, has shown off the car at 4 car shows, including the one on Saturday.
Hazel Hudson, of Petersburg, who was with Parslow, said every time they see a car show, they try and go to show off the Sportabout. To them, it is not about winning, though they have won awards for the car before, it just about getting the car out to showcase to the public.
The car came into Parslow’s hands years ago when he and a friend had a shop together, Jamie’s Mufflers. A customer had brought the car in to get work done and after exchanging some words with him, Parslow said he became interested in his 1965 Ford Thunderbird. Parslow told him the only way he would even think about a trade was title for title and sure enough, the man handed him the title, along with a basket full of car parts.
“I had it for 16 years before I started doing work on it,” Parslow said. “I have put close to $50,000 in that car. It is built from the ground up.”
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Williams said the day was about showcasing all kinds of vehicles, including military vehicles from the Korean and Vietnam wars, and allowing the public to come out and enjoy decades worth of cars all in the same venue.
“I couldn’t ask for a better show,” Williams said. “I have had not one complaint.”