Chassis for Charity

Coweta-Fayette Rotary holds car show

by Sarah Fay Campbell

alt

Owner Calvin Wise, right, talks to Alan Stephens about his 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix at the Chassis for Charity car show. 


The Fifth Annual "Chassis for Charity" car show put on by the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club was the most successful ever. The show, held Saturday in the parking lot of Junction Lanes in Newnan, is a fundraiser for the club and its projects.

It's usually held in the spring; this year's show was held in August because of a rainout in May, but plans are to permanently move the show to August, said Ginger Jackson-Queener, president of Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club.

A 1958 Lincoln Mark III took best in show, and a 1969 Roadrunner was the People's Choice award winner.

"We had the best show that we have ever had," Queener said. She didn't have a final total on funds raised, but it was "the most we have ever made."

There was a total of 83 vehicles entered, up from the usual 70 or so. There were plenty of local cars, but there were also some from Alabama and northern Georgia.

There were extra activities for families this year, including a "touch a truck" event; a display of the "Batmobile," Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, and "Kit" from Knight Rider, all created by Newnan resident Jerry Patrick; and Dusty the Clown painting faces and making balloon animals. DJ Jamie Eubanks also helped involve the kids and families, Queener said.

"Kids young and old loved the Batmobile and the Mystery Machine and Kit," Queener said.

The new venue on Georgia Highway 34 East was also great. The show has been held in several locations over the years, but the Junction Lanes parking lot was the best. "It was a lot more conducive to keeping people together," Queener said, and the shade was a huge plus. The weather was great — dry, but not too hot. They also had great sponsors for the event.

Queener said they have already talked with officials at Junction Lanes, and they'll be holding the car show there permanently.

"It was just great fun and fellowship," Queener said. "One thing that I really noticed were a lot of people that parked together were having a great time together. Some of them knew one another and some of them didn't. It was just a wonderful family day."



More Local

Fall fests, Halloween events on tap

The last weekend before Halloween arrives Saturday, and there are loads of Halloweenish things to do in the local area. Some of them are buc ... Read More


Four arrested for using fake $100 bills

Four men are possibly facing federal charges after attempting to use counterfeit $100 bills at The Home Depot on 1100 Bullsboro Drive. Robe ... Read More


Rape trial resumes today

The fate of accused rapist Benjamin Gray will be in the hands of the jury today. Closing arguments in the sleepwalking rape trial are schedu ... Read More


Perdue: broad energy policy needed

Campaigning in Newnan on Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue said the nation needs a broad energy policy – one that includes ... Read More


Passenger injured in 2-car wreck on Hwy. 29

A Newnan man was seriously injured in a crash Thursday at Hwy. 29 and Weldon Road. James Hand was taken to Atlanta Medical Center by Coweta ... Read More

County delays retirement plan changes

A decision on an amendment to the retirement plan for county employees that would allow employees to participate in both the old pension pla ... Read More