The East Alabama Old Car Club will host its 42nd Annual Old Car Show at the USA Town Center in Opelika Saturday, May 21.
Old car enthusiasts from throughout the region will put their cars on display in this annual competition that is free for public viewing.
Buddy Graves is a charter member of the East Alabama Old Car Club (EAOCC) that was founded in 1974. According to Graves, the show has attracted over 100 cars in years past. This year the organization is expecting about 70 cars to be displayed at the show. In addition to cars belonging to members of the EAOCC being on display, antique car owners from throughout the region have been invited to attend the show.
“Our show only features antique cars, a car that is at least 25 years old,” Graves said. “The oldest car we’ve had is a 1924 Model-T Ford.”
Larry Rodgers has been a member of the EAOCC since 1983. His antique vehicle is a 1981 Dodge Ram truck. Rodgers described how the car show runs as a competition.
“We normally have two teams of judges. Six men each. We break it down into four or five categories,” Rodgers said. “It’s a 100-point system and we detract for any deficiencies.”
The two main categories of the competition are original and modified cars. An original car has original parts that would have been sold with the car from the dealership. A modified car is one that has had some form of restoration done to it. Cars being judged have to have their hoods and trunks open, doors unlocked and convertible tops up.
The car show begins with registration of cars for display or judging at 8 a.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. Registration of an antique car costs $15. Judging begins at 10 a.m. Trophies will be awarded as soon as judging is complete or by approximately 2:30 p.m.
“We’d like to see everyone come and enjoy some memories,” Rodgers said.
The purpose of the car show is to cover the EAOCC’s operating expenses. Currently, the organization has more than 20 active families who meet monthly. The core of the organization’s membership are car owners from the Auburn-Opelika area but other members are from throughout the East Alabama and West Georgia region.
USA Town Center is located at 1220 Fox Run Ave. in Opelika, Alabama, conveniently located near Exit 62 on I-85.