Car Show Rolls Into Cairo

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

It doesn't matter if you like old or new, red or blue -- car enthusiast Wayne Hadden says everyone bitten by the collecting 'bug' has one thing in common -- a passion for cars.

It was this passion that motivated the 'Mr. Chick' Fried Chicken restaurant owner to organize the first Great Southern Antique Car Rally in 1989 with his wife.

Says Hadden, "Well, we started with about 65 cars the first year, soon it became 80, 100 cars, last year we had 170 cars."

Word of the event spread quickly and now the show draws people from hundreds of miles away.

Bill Durham drove 300 miles to attend the event.

Says Durham, "We've come down and brought our cars down and had a wonderful time each time we've came. It's well worth the drive -- the people [are worth it]."

Another visitor added, "Love to drive the old cars."

The car show is also a great way to bring revenue to the city.

Volunteer Linda Johnson is working as a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and says, "It does generate income for our chamber of commerce, and you know, that's what it's all about -- promoting our chamber."

Hadden says there's something for everyone, whether you're a Bel-Air fan or it's Model As that toot your horn.

Says Hadden, "There's such a variety of cars -- there's antiques, there's '70s cars, and there's muscle cars. There's a little bit of everything for everybody to enjoy."

Even if it's just for a weekend, collectors say there's something indescribable about vintage tires hitting the pavement.

Festivities kick off Friday night at eight o'clock in downtown Cairo with a parade of cars.

Visitors can peruse the four-wheeled beauties all day Saturday behind the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce.

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