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Car Show at The Depot

Every time she thought about it she cried, but the tears were bittersweet. Barbara Hogan, the widow of Cecil Hogan, said Saturday's Car Show at the Depot was "a blast, I just had a blast."


Chris Reynolds and his three-year-old son, Justin, looks at a customized car during Saturday's Car Show at The Depot.

Mr. Hogan started the first car show in Thomson three years ago, then died of cancer four months later. The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce decided to keep the show going in memory of Mr. Hogan.

"Every time I heard it on the radio or saw the flyers, I would cry, because it's a big, big deal in my heart, that these car people in Thomson would remember him like that. It just makes me feel warm all over. I just feel honored that they would remember him this way," Ms. Hogan said.

Ms. Hogan said when she attended the show Saturday, she "had a blast" with all the extra activities. Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert said it was these extra activities that made the show such a big success.

"I think the thing that made it so great this time was that we had something for everyone to do all day long - we had the Hula Hoops, we had the twisting contest, we had the DJ all day, and we had those wonderful RC racers. People could interact, and they didn't just look at cars and leave," Mrs. Gilbert said.


Kyle Daniel of North Augusta navigates his remote-controlled BMW around the track during Saturday's Car Show.

Almost 100 cars were entered in the show, and close to 50 trophies were awarded. Mrs. Gilbert said Stokes Hodges of Thomson paid for the trophies that were designed by It's a Southern Thing. The first place trophies were made in the image of old fashioned gas pumps.

Mickey Waters from Watkinsville, the owner of a '66 red mustang convertible, won first place in the 1960's category. His wife, Darinda, was all smiles when she accepted their trophy.

"I've never seen a trophy like this before. It's just so exciting. Plus we got money and a T-shirt. Usually you just get a plaque," Mrs. Waters said.

Mr. Waters said they entered the car show last year, and "enjoyed it so much," that they came back this year.

Gerry Gabriel, who lives part time in Oglethorpe County and McDuffie County, attended the show after seeing the signs advertising it. He liked how the awards were divided into categories.

"I liked that they had the show broken down into classes because that takes out the competition between the old and new, so that was pretty neat," Mr. Gabriel said.


Rachel Coxwell, 11, of Thomson, competes in a Hula Hoop contest at the Car Show at The Depot Saturday.

Mr. Gabriel said "trucks are my hobby," but he liked seeing the Mustangs the best, because that was his first car years ago. Dearing resident, Lester Taylor, entered his '66 red Mustang with a black interior in the show. While most of the show cars had signs stating "look but don't touch," Mr. Taylor encouraged everyone to enjoy his car by allowing them to sit in it.

"I built it to drive and enjoy, not to show," he said.

Mrs. Gilbert said in addition to the cars, the remote control racers were a big hit to visitors. The bleachers beside the race track "were full all day long," Mrs. Gilbert said. She also said the R/C Racers club owners told her to "please invite them back anytime."

The event raised almost $2,000 for the Chamber and next year's show. Mrs. Gilbert said she would like to thank the committee members for their hard work to make the show a success. Committee members are Dena Williams, Alan and Judy Shapiro, Wayne Williford, Cindy Cox, Carolyn Gilbert and Don Peach.

"They are what made this because they had a passion for having a car show, and that's what it takes. It was one of our more successful events," she said.


Sim Moore studies a Saab customized for drag racing during Saturday's Car Show.

Sponsor for the event were Anthony Auto Sales, Jimmy and Dena's Body Shop, Culpepper Ford, Luckey Signs, Sunset Auto Sales, C&C Tires, and Stokes Hodges.

"I think the sponsorship was obviously very well, because it was a nice show. I really enjoyed it," Mr. Gabriel said.


"Snake" Taylor of Augusta works on his remote-controlled car prior to his race at Saturday's Car Show at the Depot.


Dennis Cavanaugh, of Grovetown, shines his 1998 Corvette - a replica of the Daytona pace car during Saturday's Car Show at The Depot.


Car Show Judge Peter Ruddick looks at the engine of a restored 1972 Ford pick-up.


Car Show Judge Paul Karpf, from Southern Florida, is reflected in the mirror of a classic car during Saturday's show.

Web posted on Thursday, May 11, 2006

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