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Car-show organizers thank the community
Letter to editor

Editor, The International Car Show enjoyed a very successful second year at the 2016 Hinesville Small World Festival. The show raised more than $2,100, all of which was donated to the creation of Veterans Memorial Walk at Bryant Commons. When complete, this beautiful tribute to service members from all military branches will be a source of pride and honor for the city of Hinesville — a place to reflect and commemorate the sacrifices veterans made for this nation.

Ground has already been broken on the project, and the car show’s proceeds bring us closer to its unveiling and dedication. The Veterans Memorial Walk Board of Directors was pleased with the attendance and participation in the March 5 car show and would like to thank the following groups, entities, businesses and individuals for making the event possible: Victory Trophies, United Military Care, DJ Keanan Caudle and Karaoke Cruising, Hinesville Ford, Mike Reed Chevrolet, Ranger Joe’s, Coastal Courier, Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Liberty Cycle, Hinesville Military Affairs Committee, Jody Smiley Landscaping LLC, CH2M;,City of Hinesville, Bryant Commons and the Glenn E. and Trudie P. Bryant Foundation Inc., Hinesville Downtown Development Authority and everyone who registered for and entered the car show.

In addition, the following area car clubs were represented: Ole Skool Cruziers, Dixieland Cruisers, H2C2 Hinesville Horsepower Club, Coastal Corvette, Low Country Muscle Car, Savannah Mustang Club, Peach State Challenges, Street Legends, Crown Rydaz, Alex Customs, Nokturnal and Miata Club.

We congratulate the following entrants on their wins:

Mayor’s Award — Dwight Fields, 2008 Dodge Charger (Purple Heart)

Garrison’s Award — Richard and Ann Miller, 1951 Starlite Coupe

Sponsor’s Award — Melissa and Miley Cowart, 1965 AC Cobra

Top 10 finishers were:

Modern — Kevin M. Taft, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Oldies — Roger Jones, 1955 Chevy Belair

Domestic — Brant Rushing, 1951 Ford pickup

Modified — Alex Colon, 1997 Chevrolet C3500

Foreign — Burnice Spencer, 2011 Mercedes ML 350

Sports (old) — Don Klotz, 1965 Corvette

Sports (new) — Jeremy Polston, 2013 Mustang Roush stage 3

New Truck — Derek Heard, 2014 Ford F-150

Old Truck — Henry Boyles, 1969 Ford Bronco

Best Paint — Brian Brown, 2004 Chevy Avalanche

It was a pleasure to work with all these groups and people, and we’re very grateful for their assistance. We’d also like to encourage everyone to take part in the second annual Motorcycle Show at Veterans Salute, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 5, at Bryant Commons. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and all proceeds from that show will also benefit Veterans Memorial Walk.

George W. Holtzman and James Thomas Jr.
Co-chairmen, Veterans Memorial Walk Board of Directors

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