Garnett Street was transformed into a car lover’s paradise Saturday when the city closed part of the street to make way for hundreds of antique cars from across the country for the 12th annual Show, Shine, Shag and Dine.
Lawn chairs beneath canopies lined the sidewalk as visitors tried to keep themselves dry from the light drizzle, but rain didn’t keep too many attendees at home.
Denise Glen and her husband Robert traveled from Virginia to experience the event that brings together an incredible collection of classic and nostalgia drag cars.
With the forecast anticipating rain, Glen said they left their 1957 Ford Thunderbird at home. Still, she and her husband wouldn’t have missed the show for cloudy skies.
“You feel a sense of community here because you know everyone appreciates the same thing you do,” Glen said.
Strangers could be heard bonding over engine stories and past car show experiences.
Glen, along with thousands like her, wandered up and down Garnett Street to marvel at the display of classic cars like a 1957 phoenix red Chevrolet Bel Air, 1932 Ford Roadster Ram Jet convertible and 1954 Ford F-100.
Paul Jones, from Virginia, showed off his 1970 blue Super Sport Chevy Chevelle to many interested onlookers.
“You could eat off of that,” he said enthusiastically about his perfectly shined engine.
Gregory Delton said the event is a staple for classic car owners like himself.
Delton said his 1939 Ford Coupe, which has competed in the event for the past several years, was not entered in the competition this year.
He estimated the bleak weather made for a smaller crowd than last year, but not by much.
“I think its hard to find a show of this scale anywhere else in the East,” Delton said of why he returns every year.
The Maryland resident said his favorite part is getting to talk to other Ford Coupe owners.
“This is just a great place to connect with them and see what they are doing differently,” said Delton.
At last year’s show, he heard about a highly recommended auto shop where he now takes his car for paint jobs.
“There’s no substitute for what we have here,” he said.
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