Chassis for Charity

Coweta-Fayette Rotary holds car show

by Sarah Fay Campbell


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."

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