While she didn't know just what to expect, McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce Director Carolyn Gilbert was amazed at McDuffie County's first car show and promised there would be another.
Close to 80 cars were on display at the Thomson Depot Saturday for the Camellia City Classic -- "The Car Show at the Depot," as close to a thousand car enthusiasts stopped by to "ohhh" and "ahhhh" over the machines.
Charles Price, of Hartwell, said he has attended close to 400 car shows in the last 10 years, and was astounded at the local event and shocked that it was the first year.
"I mean, look at the cars, and the aesthetics of this area," he said, standing next to his entry, a light gold 1969 Ford Thunderbird with suicide doors. "The Depot, and the old part of town and so forth add such class to the show. There are all kinds of cars here representing many different eras. This is just fantastic. I can't wait to come back and see how it's grown next year."
Joel Brooks, of Warrenton, said this show was special.
"In the ones I have been to, some of the car displayers seemed a little arrogant," he said. "At this one, I found the best variety and the presenters were anxious to talk about their cars and they we just a lot friendlier."
Mrs. Gilbert said she was extremely pleased at the turnout, and said she had to thank Cecil Hogan and the CSRA Road Angels, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jimmy and Dena's Body Shop and Anthony Auto.
"This was such a group effort on behalf of a lot of people. I could have not done it without a lot of help and support."
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