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Classic Cars Gather in Oriental for 3rd Year
2017 Oriental Classic Car Show Has Its Own Day
October 17, 2017
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riental’s 2017 Classic Car show was a standalone event for the first time in it’s three year history. Held concurrently with Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival in the past, organizers ran into a snag this year. Unable to secure the usual event area, they decided to hold it one week later.

It worked… Sam Myers, organizer of the event, said 75 cars registered. The day was overcast and the rain held off. Dolphins in the Neuse even swam by for a view.

Oriental Classic Car 2017
Overall Best in Show Winner 1956 BelAir.
Oriental Classic Car 2017
Oriental Classic Car 2017
The BelAir Interior.
Oriental Classic Car 2017
Overall Best in Show went to Danny Queen and his 1956 Chevrolet BelAir Convertible.

Saltwater Gold played on the porch of Kip Fairbank. The Rotary served up breakfast sandwiches and hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch. Raffles were held throughout the day and a 50/50 raffle was held at the end. Frank Roe, winner of the 50/50, donated his winnings back to Rotary.

Oriental Classic Car 2017
Trophies waiting on winner.
Oriental Classic Car 2017
Between a Chevy and a Dodge.

A 1934 Frazier-Nash was the oldest entry. A 2018 mini-van was the newest. American-made muscle cars parked next to sleek, European sport models. A few entries, like the ’89 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, were all original with no restoration.

Two motorcycles showed up and the bike class was created. Sam invited more to register for next year’s show. There were 13 categories outside of Kid’s Choice and Best in Show, two winners in each given enough cars registered to fill the category.

Oriental Classic Car 2017
A 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite.
Oriental Classic Car 2017
1934 Frazier-Nash failing to proceed under it’s own power.
2017 Oriental Classic Car Show – People’s Choice Award Winners

Best Muscle Car (’64-’74) 1st place: John Fontaine, New Bern – 1967 Mustang (2nd year in a row) 2nd place: Al Alkoff – 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle

Best C1-C2 Corvette 1st place: Mike Wynne, Oriental – 1962 Corvette convertible (2nd year in a row) 2nd place: Jack Bond, Oriental – ’67 Corvette convertible

Best C3 & later Corvette 1st place: John Mitchell, Merritt – 2016 Z06 coupe 2nd place: Jennifer Roe, Oriental – 1994 coupe

Best Custom 1st place: Danny Queen, Raleigh – 1956 Chevrolet BelAir convertible 2nd place: Wayne Warner, New Bern – 1966 Ford T-Bird

Best Hot Rod 1st place: Syd Halstead, New Bern – 1939 Chevrolet coupe 2nd place: Bobby Guthrie, Havelock – 1959 Morris Minor

Best Sports Car 1st place: Bill Reid, Oriental – 1960 Austin Healey Sprite 2nd place: Bill Denning, New Bern – 1965 Jaguar XKE coupe

Best pre-’50 Truck 1st place: Danny Lloyd, Oriental – 1947 Dodge ½ ton

Best ’50-’70 Truck 1st place: Jerry Moore, Oriental – 1951 Chevrolet 3100 2nd place: Frank Roe, Oriental – 1956 Ford F100

Best ’71 & Newer Truck 1st place tie: Mike Krauss, New Bern – 1985 Chevrolet S10 Shannon Willis, Grantsboro – 1972 Chevrolet C10

Best pre ‘50 Antique 1st place: Phillip Edwards, Pollocksville – 1937 Chevrolet Master Deluxe 2nd place: Truett Ray, Oriental – 1939 Studebaker Commander

Best ’50-’70 Antique 1st place: Kurtis Schoen, Arapahoe – 1955 Chevrolet 210 2nd place: Brian Kearney – 1963 Chevrolet Impala

Best ’71-’92 Antique 1st place: Mike Gaskins, Havelock – 1987 Buick Grand National 2nd place: Mark Maloney, New Bern – 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Best Post ’92 Modern 1st place: Yolanda Christiani, Oriental – 2013 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition 2nd place: Stewart King, Bayboro – 1994 Jaguar XJS

Best Bike Ray D’Angelo, Merritt – 1991 Harley-Davidson Heritage Soft Tail

Kid’s Choice Award John Mitchell, Merritt – 1964 Dodge D100 rat rod pickup

Oriental Rotary Club Overall Best in Show Danny Queen, Raleigh – 1956 Chevrolet BelAir convertible

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Posted Tuesday October 17, 2017 by Allison DeWeese

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