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The 2021 Oriental Classic Car Show
100. A New record.
October 20, 2021

ne hundred vehicles. Exactly. It was a milestone for the 6th Annual Classic Car Show, who’s last show in 2019, drew out 87 cars. Not bad for a tiny town on the water.

The weather was perfect, drawing the furthest participating vehicle – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette – all the way from Garner. That vehicle, said organizer Sam Meyers, had to drive by other shows to get to Oriental’s Classic Car show Saturday.

Sam Meyers directs a Citröen 2DC on where to park.

Myers had also made mention to TownDock.net that he was hoping for 100 cars this year. Around 11:15a, Sam got his wish.

“We had exactly 100 registrations. After sitting at 99 for nearly ½ hour I was about to have a Rotary member register his golf cart when that beautiful Olds Toronado rolled in.”

Registered vehicle number 100 – a 1970 Oldsmobile Toronado.

The Oriental Rotary Club puts on the show every year (except last year due to COVID) as a means of funding scholarships. Proceeds go to the Rotary’s scholarship funds.

Best in Show: Mike Morgan, Swansboro – 1950 MGTD
Best in Show Runner-up (tie): Sean Wright, Sneads Ferry – 1936 Rolls Royce 25/30 Sport Saloon and Peter & Kathy Sansone, New Bern – 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Best Truck: Al Young, Oriental – 1969 Ford Bronco
Best Bike: Dee & Hiram Lupton, Arapahoe – 2015 Indian Chief
Best Survivor: Danny Lloyd, Oriental – 1939 Packard Opera Coupe
Kids’ Choice: Jerry Warren, Garner – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Luggage is included with this 1950 MG TD. The pristine MG won the Best In Show award.

In previous years, there was a People’s Choice award in several different categories. This year there were no categories. Myers said it had become too onerous to have so many winners in so many categories. So categories were left off in favor of simply naming the 18 cars, trucks, and bikes to get the most votes.

People’s Choice (in no particular order):
Sean Wright, Sneads Ferry – 1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sport Saloon
Buddy Clark, Newport – 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS
Pat Gorman, Newport – 1967 Pontiac GTO
Al Young, Oriental – 1969 Ford Bronco
Gloria & Bill Rogers, Arapahoe – 1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan
Mike Morgan, Swansboro – 1950 MGTD
Mark Abboud, Greenville – 1957 Chevrolet Handyman
Robert Dietrich, Greenville – 1963 Austin Healey 3000
Bill Reid, Oriental – 1960 Austin Healey “Bugeye” Sprite
Rod Lee, Bayboro – 1957 Ford Thunderbird
Jack Coulter, Oriental – 1970 Jaguar XKE
Peter & Kathy Sansone, New Bern – 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
George Hajarian, Havelock – 1960 Pontiac Bonneville
Bud Hyet, New Bern – 1965 Ford Mustang GT
Art Halpern, Oriental – 1947 Chevrolet Aero Coupe
Danny Lloyd, Oriental – 1939 Packard Opera Coupe
Steve Laskovics, New Bern – 1973 Triumph TR6
Bucky Hydal, Oriental – 1983 Citroen 2CV Special

A 1956 blue-on-blue Chevrolet.
There was a different kind of vehicle at the car show: a single engine plane flew over several times. It was low enough to catch with a zoom lens.
Chris Daniel’s 1966 MGB.
The logo of this 1960 Bugeye Sprite is showing a little age.
The British made 1973 Triumph TR6, with Lucas lights and Union Jack plates.
A closer-to-the-ground view of a 1969 Ford Bronco.
Details of the ’69 Ford Bronco.
Bike training at a car show.
Antique and vanity plates seen at the show.
A classic Pontiac with an uncommon look.
An uncommon paint job for a car from the 1940s.
During the show, the Rotary also held a 50/50 raffle.
One of the only bikes without a motor. The ancient Schwinn was not officially in the show, but did draw a lot of looks.
Swinging from the rearview mirror of the ’41 Pontiac Torpedo.
The ‘bike’ category also had several fascinating entries – like this Whizzer motorized bike.
Oriental is home to two Citroën 2CV: a green 1987 model and a beige 1983 model. They also win the TownDock award for smallest engine (in a car) at the show – 29 horsepower.
Rotary member Mary Helen Boone tallies up the votes.
The ’59 Chevy Delivery Sedan drew a lot of attention, and reflected a lot of sunshine.
1973 Honda CB 350.
Dashboards from the 60s” ’63 Austin Healey, ’65 Ford Mustang, and a ’67 GTO.
A ’63 Austin Healey, a ’23 Ford T-Bucket, and a ’56 Chevy 3200.
A Honda Trail 70 conjured up Baby Boomer memories.
A cutom built 1958 Kurtis Kraft Indy Roadster Tribute.

The Oriental Classic Car Show will return in 2022, scheduled for October 8.

Posted Wednesday October 20, 2021 by Allison DeWeese

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