Hope Civitan Classic Car Show Winners

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. 

Top winners in this year’s Hope Civitan Club classic car show at the Watermelon Festival are (left to right) Best Paint winner, a representative of WC Garage; Best Engine, Steve Stein; Best of Show Car, Hunter Johnson; and Best of Show Truck, Greg Thomas, along with Civitan President Darrell Davis, who presented trophies to all the winners.

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