Classic car owners, fans turn out


By Dean Palmer - Special to The News



Wayne King (seated, center) of Westfield is among those enjoying sunshine and conversation as he sets alongside his 1949 Chevy pick-up. The vehicle playfully carries a logo for “Sam’s Rods and Customs” in honor of King’s 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, seated beside him.


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Billy Palmer of Pilot Mountain cranks his classic 1929 Model A Ford in order to show off its smooth-running engine to a group of admirers.


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WESTFIELD — Classic car owners appeared eager to bring their vehicles out of winter hibernation Saturday as scores of beautiful vehicles made their way to Westfield for the Families In Need spring cruise-in.

“We had a great day,” group representative Steve O’Neal said. “We had a great turnout and a lot of really pretty cars. Everybody had a lot of fun and good fellowship. The community really came out to support us, and we appreciate it.”

The event served as a fundraiser for the group, O’Neal explained, with all proceeds going toward helping families and individuals who are experiencing need due to sickness or hardship.

“Everything we raise, we give away,” he noted, “We’ve bought people fuel oil, paid power bills, bought groceries and gas cards. Whatever the need, we try to meet it.”

Saturday’s event, O’Neal said, saw some 250 pounds of barbecue sold along with the entire stock of hamburgers. Funds were also raised through drawings and a silent auction. Top prize in the featured drawing, a John Deere riding mower, was won by Linda Marion of Shoals.

“I believe this was the most people we’ve ever had,” noted group member Grant Tilley. “And as a fundraiser, it was probably our best ever. And that will help us be able to help people who need it.”

Wayne King (seated, center) of Westfield is among those enjoying sunshine and conversation as he sets alongside his 1949 Chevy pick-up. The vehicle playfully carries a logo for “Sam’s Rods and Customs” in honor of King’s 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, seated beside him.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_DSC05331.jpgWayne King (seated, center) of Westfield is among those enjoying sunshine and conversation as he sets alongside his 1949 Chevy pick-up. The vehicle playfully carries a logo for “Sam’s Rods and Customs” in honor of King’s 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, seated beside him. Dean Palmer | The News

Billy Palmer of Pilot Mountain cranks his classic 1929 Model A Ford in order to show off its smooth-running engine to a group of admirers.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_DSC05335.jpgBilly Palmer of Pilot Mountain cranks his classic 1929 Model A Ford in order to show off its smooth-running engine to a group of admirers. Dean Palmer | The News

By Dean Palmer

Special to The News

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