A beautiful Marco Island winter day welcomed visitors to the 18th Kiwanis Marco Island Car Show on Sunday, February 16 at Veterans Community Park.
A large crowd of spectators toured the show—many of them taking advantage of the opportunity to judge the cars for the Peoples Choice award. Experts were assigned to judge different classifications throughout the show.
“We do this every year as part of our major fundraisers,” said Cindy Crane of the Kiwanis Club. “All of the money that Kiwanis raises goes to the local kids. Last year we were able to donate over $60,000 to the local kids.
The Veterans Park lot was nearly full, with cars ranging from a 1906 Cadillac K to the more modern entries.
”We have somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 cars this year,” Crane was happy to report.
Crane was also happy with the weather for the event—and the sunny disposition of the Key Club members from Marco Island Academy who were on hand to help out.
“It’s a nice cool day,” Crane said. “Not too breezy, not too hot. The main thing that really makes this work is that we have so many of the Key Club members. I think we had 20 Key Club members this morning. This afternoon we have 20 mores that are coming to help. They do everything from helping us at check-in, to helping to park the cars. They are all Marco Island Academy students and they are remarkable. We’re really happy to have them come to our Kiwanis meetings and they tell us about all of the things they’re doing in the community. It’s really great. That’s how you build a community, you start with the kids.”
Keith Pershing, owner of Island Automotive, was one of the event’s judges. He is in the business of helping a lot of classic car owners restore and repair their vehicles.
“That’s why we’re looking at this beautiful l906 Cadillac,” Pershing said. “The Kiwanis Club does a wonderful job running this show. It’s been a great show for many, many years. We support it by making sure a couple rows of cars show up. The weather is almost always good. So everyone must have gone to church and put in a good word for playing hooky this Sunday. The crowd’s looking good!”
The Peoples Choice Award, the top award of the show, went to Jim Pinkerman and his 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe. Best in class winners were Wanda Coady, and her 1906 Cadillac K, Steve Trafton and his 1931 Ford Woody, Jim Fox and his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, Chris Tie and his 1957 Bel Air Station Wagon, Tom Masotto and his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS, Paul St. Hilaire and his 1967 Corvette Coupe, Larry Drozd and his 2008 Corvette. Tony Vento and his 2005 Mustang GT won for best Mustang; Vince Raceina, 1932 Ford Pick Up; Rich Rogers, 1953 MG TD, won for Best Foreign Car, and Tony Constantino’s 2016 Corvette Z06 won for Best Late Model.