Hundreds turned out to show off their rides at the Big Dog Car Show last Saturday at Harlem High School.
Held as a fund-raiser for the school's Transportation Vocational Industrial Clubs of America club, the show featured classic muscle cars all the way up to tricked-out modern imports.
Whether it was a father-son project, a sense of nostalgia or bragging rights, it seemed like everyone had a reason to explain the love between a man and his machine.
"It's all about the girls," said Tim Waller of Harlem.
Waller and his 17-year-old son restored a 1979 Ford F-150 pickup that belonged to Waller nine years ago when his son was a little boy.
Jerry and Jason Reynolds of Evans sit beside their 1970 Triumph TR6 at the Harlem High School Big Dog Car Show. The show featured several makes and models of cars and motorcycles.
Photo by Donnie Fetter
"I sold it and then bought it back and we restored it together," said Waller. "He's almost grown now and this was a chance for us to do something together that we both love."
Waller's truck is in contention with about 100 other vehicles to take home a trophy.
"We're awarding trophies to the top 25 cars and top five motorcycles, as well as having a competition on best stereo," said Harlem transportation teacher and VICA sponsor Nick Hayes, whose own love of customized cars stems from his days as a boy in his father's garage.
In fact, Hayes' father, Nathan, entered the car show with his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda.
"I like being able to turn people's heads with what I'm driving," said Hayes.
Vehicles were judged on engine, interior, paint, customization, tires and wheels and overall appearance. There also were Ladies Choice and Peoples Choice categories.
Other activities at the car show included a lawn mower competition, food and games.
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