CAROLINA GATEWAY — Rev up your engines and wipe down the dash because the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual Honor Our Heroes car show is coming to the Indian Land Fall Festival on Nov. 3.
Indian Land VFW Post 12136 hosts the annual event as part of its community involvement mission.
“It’s a win-win,” said IL VFW Commander Jim Taylor, who’s organizing the show. The VFW gets to help the community, as well as build awareness of its programs.
At recent events more than 60 local car enthusiasts have brought their classic, modified, exotic and other vehicles out for a looksee.
Last year, there was even a “rat mobile,” which Taylor described as a car that has been extensively modified to look like a rust bucket.
Taylor said he is not a car buff, but likes to clean up his Ford Mustang 5.0 and bring it out.
Other true car enthusiasts invest lots of time and money in restoring or modifying classic and modern cars. A car show is a chance to show them off, Taylor said.
Sun City resident and Vietnam veteran Peter Bizzoco loves cars and owns seven.
“I’ve been a car guy since I was 8,” he said.
Bizzoco said people like to see the old cars come back to life again or to relive the past by seeing cars they may have owned or loved. He and his wife will bring his 1955 Chevy Belair and 1958 Chevy Corvette to the show.
A longtime car show attendee and expert from Long Island, he is heading up the judging at this year’s event. Awards will be given to the top 10 vehicles, as well as standouts for best paint, best engine and best car. Bizzoco and judges from the community will look at appearance, cleanliness and attention to detail among other criteria.
Taylor said it’s sometimes hard to know what cars will show up, due to weather. He expects local VFW members will be on hand with their Dodge Challengers, Chevy Corvettes and Camaros and Ford Mustangs.
VFW members are invited to display their vehicles, but are not eligible for prizes.
Registration fees are $20 for early registration and $25 the day of the event. Same-day registration and check-in is from 9 to 11 a.m. Judging is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and awards will be presented about 3 p.m.
In addition, door prizes will be given out every 30 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. and a 50/50 raffle will be awarded at the end of the show.
Event proceeds will benefit local veterans and groups. Claflin Auto and Lancaster Motor Co. are sponsoring the show.
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church will host a pancake breakfast Nov. 3 at the Indian Land Fall Festival near the car show in the high school parking lot. The breakfast will be prepared by the church building committee as a fundraiser for the church’s new family life center. The group hopes that vendors, car show attendees and other morning guests will enjoy the pancake and bacon breakfast. The breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Organizer Tony Carnes said it is the first time the church has done something like this. They have hosted pancake breakfasts at Easter in their fellowship hall, but not out in the community. The Indian Land Fall Festival will be Nov. 3-4 at the Indian Land schools complex at 8063 River Road. The festival hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.