The Hope Civitan Club classic car show at the Watermelon Festival was a success again this year with 58 spectacular vintage and/or current automobiles entered.
Winners of the top four categories were:
Best of Show Car — Hunter Johnson with a red 1966 Chevy Chevelle.
Best of Show Truck — Greg Thomas with a red and white 1972 Chevy Cheyenne.
Best Engine — Steve Stein with a white 2016 Ford Mustang.
Best Paint — WC Garage with a chestnut 1962 Ford Galaxie. Winners in the other categories were:
Pre-1950 Car/Truck — First, J.D. Stuhr with a 1946 Chevy Sport Coupe; second, J. D. Stuhr with a 1939 Chevy Business Coupe; third, Clarence “Bud” Barrong with a 1926 Chevrolet Superior V. Trophies were sponsored by Madlock’s Auto Glass and Body.
1950-1960 Car — First, Elizabeth Powell with a 1960 Chevy Impala; second, Earl Hooker with a 1955 Chevy Bel Air; and third, Stanley Bee with a 1956 Ford Thunderbird. Trophies were sponsored by Mustard Seed Wealth Management.
1950-1960 Truck — First, Brian Harris with a 1952 Ford F-1. Trophy sponsored by Mustard Seed Wealth Management.
1961-1972 Car — First, Hunter Johnson with a 1966 Chevy Chevelle; second, David DeArman with a 1967 Chevy Malibu; third, W. C. Garage with a 1962 Ford Galaxie. Trophies sponsored by Wylie Glass and Salvage.
1961-1972 Truck — First, Tim Dougan with a 1968 GMC 1500; second, Greg “Repro” Thomas with a 1972 Chevy Cheyenne. Trophies sponsored by Yocom Body Shop.
1973-1990 Car — First, Brian Shewbirt, 1978 Pontiac Trans Am; second, David Loe, 1978 Pontiac Trans Am; thirdd, James Moseley, 1974 Plymouth Scamp. Trophy sponsored by Bobcat Freight.
1973-1990 Truck — First, Dale Lafferty, 1977 Ford truck; second, Mike Johnson, 1985 Chevy Silverado; third, Jack Revels, 1990 Chevy SS454. Trophies sponsored by M & T Plumbing.
1991-Present Car — First, Darin Laughard, 2015 Dodge Challenger; second, David Williams, 2007 Shelby GT500; third, Steven Stein 2016 Ford Mustang GT. Trophies sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
1991-Present Truck – First, Bill Cox, 1991 GMC; second, Delbert Blundell, 1998 Ford NASCAR. Trophies sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
Corvette 1953-Present — First, James Littleton, 1980 Chevy Corvette; second, James Buck, 2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport; third, Janice and Charlie Vawter, 1999 Chevy Corvette C-5. Trophies sponsored by Lance and Associates Real Estate.
Import — First, Gary Adams, 1964 Volkswagen; second, Porfirio Gutierrez, 1985 Mercedes 380 SL; third, Ken Elder, 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. Trophies sponsored by New Millennium Building System.
Rat Rod — First, Howard Tippitt, 1948 Willy Pickup; second, Jimmy and Rita Fitzgerald, 1921 Ford Model T; third, Chris Gilbert, 1966 Chevy Pickup. Trophies sponsored by Randy’s Auto Glass and Collision Center.
Kit Car/Truck — First, Christian Goeld, 1929 Mercedes. Trophy sponsored by New Millennium Building System.