Sixth Annual Kiwanis Club of Marco Island Car Show
Over 170 cars, all makes and models, converged on Marco Island on Sunday for the 6th Annual Kiwanis Club of Marco Island Car Show. Spectators numbering over 2,300 wandered around the show enjoying hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and sausage sandwiches deliciously prepared by members of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Bryan Hauser commented “we prepared over 700 meals in a 4-hour period. We were running low on food in the middle of the car show so Chief Mike Murphy ran to Publix for more supplies.”
The weather was perfect for such an event. The crowd was entertained by Steve Reynolds playing music with the theme of the day – hot cars! Lely High School Jazz Band performed for everyone and did a spectacular job, as usual. If you have not had the opportunity to hear John Stein and the Lely High School Jazz Band, you must put it on your list of “to do’s.” They played an array of music that appealed to everyone and did it exceptionally well. Costco sold water and then in return donated the proceeds to the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. The Italian/American Club sold delicious pastries, desserts and cookies. The $6 shopping area sponsored by the volunteers of the NCH Healthcare Center was a big hit.
But back to the main event – the car show. As early as8 a.m., antique cars, classic cars, foreign cars, trucks and hot rods started pouring into the parking lot at the corner of Bald Eagle and San Marco Roads. Polish cloths were put to use and signs describing the details of the cars and props (stuffed animals, curb-side service food trays, luggage & trophies) were carefully placed at various cars and the show began. Trophies were awarded to 16 classes of cars. Best in Show was awarded to the 1940 Ford Coupe proudly owned by Jim Pinkerman. Not only did he received a beautiful trophy but also a sterling silver key chain donated by Ortiz Jewelers. Mr. Pinkerman said “This is my favorite car show. All the people are friendly and it’s great talking about cars to the spectators and other car owners.”
• Best Interior, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air – Bob Bigelow
• Best Paint, 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle – Marsha Warnke
• Best Convertible, 1958 Chevrolet Corvette – Richard Sanders
• Best Sports Car, 2006 Ford GT – John Stobel
• Best Muscle Car, 2009 Dodge Challenger – Ofer Nadel
• Best Car 1921-1930 1929 Ford – Ron Mihalek
• Best Car 1931-1940 1934 Plymouth – Bill Britton
• Best Car 1940-1950 1947 Chevrolet – Ed Chesney
• Best Car 1951-1960 1952 Chevrolet Pick Up – Peter DeCastro
• Best Car 1971-1980 1978 Triumph – Warren Dettinger
• Best Car 1981-1990 1986 Chevrolet Camaro –Tom Harlow
• Best in Show 3rd Runner Up 2005Ferrari 575 – Bill Young
• Best in Show 2nd Runner Up 1957 Ford Thunderbird – Kathy Strobel
• Best in Show 1st Runner Up 1956 Cadillac – Vinnie Gelo
• Best in Show 1940 Ford Coupe – Jim Pinkerman
Two 50/50 drawings were held with Ben Aronsen winning $589 and Judy Novy winning $405. Congratulations to both lucky winners.
The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island sends a thank you out to all the spectators, car owners, Steve Reynolds, Slocum & Christian, Inc., Costco, Publix, and all the vendors, Marco Island Police and Fire Department and all the volunteers. A very special thank you goes out to NCH Healthcare Center, Marco Island, for allowing the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island to hold this event on their property each year. “It was the biggest and best car show since we started this event 6 years ago. The money will be used for scholarships, Reading is Fundamental, Pre-school programs and YMCA Camp scholarships. We also made a donation to NCH Pediatric Unit” said John DeRosa the chairperson for the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island car show.
Don’t miss the car show next year – mark your calendars for next February and be there.
Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday morning, at 7:30 a.m., at O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub, 969 N. Collier Blvd. (Royal Palm Mall). Everyone is welcome to attend. Come by and see how you can help the children of our community whether you are a permanent resident or just visiting our beautiful Island for a short time.