Car show a chance to show off

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Barbara French (right) checks over her 1973 Volkswagen one final time before the judges grade it during the Green Forest Lions Club Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. French's friend Sandy Martin, (left), was there to lend support.

More than 90 car enthusiasts descended on Green Forest's town square on Saturday for the Lions Club Annual Car Truck and Motorcycle Show.

For competitors like Barbara French of Green Forest, the event was a chance to show the love they have for their vehicles.

French totally rebuilt her 1973 Volkswagen a few years ago. She has constantly worked on it to make sure it is always in pristine condition. On Saturday, folks who stopped by to look at her Volkswagen could tell she had a passion for keeping it immaculate.

But with so many terrific looking vintage and modern cars parked side-by-side at the square, it was hard to judge which was best.

That was the job for judges like Beth Rodrigues.

"Right now I am looking for any possible blemish on a vehicle," Rodrigues said. "I look for any dings, scratches or swirl marks." 

Rodrigues, who judges car shows from all over the region, said the Green Forest car show was definitely one of the best.

"This is a gorgeous show," she said. "The cars are so beautiful, but what makes this one so special is how friendly the people are." 

Ten-year-old Rhett Powell of Green Forest didn't have to worry about judging the cars. He said all of them looked great but his personal favorite was the Corvette.

"I think this show is awesome because I want to be a car designer when I grow up," he said. "I love looking inside at the engines."

The Lions Club will use the money raised from the car show to pay for children's eye exams and glasses.

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