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Enthusiasts turn out for car show

Car show
Mar. 08, 2010 @ 12:11 AM

HUNTINGTON -- At the World of Wheels Sunday, Kevin Goodall was walking past Roger Charles' 1941 Willys hot rod when his eyes slammed on the brakes.

Goodall walked all around the razor-sharp orange car with a cream white interior, drinking it all in.

"It's between this one and the blue corvette (Roger Walton's 1965 Corvette)," Goodall said without hesitation after looking over some 150-plus hot rods, antiques, race cars and motorcycles.

Goodall was spot on, as Charles' immaculate custom rod coupe from Matewan, W.Va., won the best of show award, the Mountaineer Award, at the 2010 World of Wheels. And Walton's Corvette took home the Best Sports Car as World of Wheels finished its 33rd run inside the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

As noted by Goodall and many other folks, maybe it has been the long winter, but everyone was noting the great quality of the cars and the overall 2010 show, which drew in cars from as far away as Cleveland.

Jo Wheeler, who organizes the show with her husband, Richard, and their kids, as well as longtime partner Jerry Davis, said this show has meant more to them this year because it has been so tough to organize.

The show's main sponsor, Advance Auto Parts, pulled out in January. A couple weeks later, Jerry's husband, Earl Davis, who had organized the show with the Wheelers for a couple decades, passed away.

But the families have pulled together and were all happy at the turnout this weekend for the show, which has been a staple at the arena since its inception.

"The $64,000 question this weekend has been 'Are we going to continue?' " Jo Wheeler said. "Yes, we are."

To pay homage to Earl, the World of Wheels gave out a trophy in memory of Davis. Charleston resident Ralph Ballard's 1970 Chevy Chevelle won that award.

Wheeler said while Sunday's crowd had not yet been tallied, Friday and Saturday's numbers were up over the past few years with more than 6,000 people coming through those two days to walk through and see the 150-plus cars as well as the vendors.

"It's like family," Jo Wheeler said. "You see so many good people that you may only get to see once a year, but when you get older, that once a year comes around pretty quickly."

Joe Overby of Huntington was visiting with folks over at the Packard parking lot, of sort. He and his brother-in-law, Bill Hazelett, owner of Triple H Drive-In, both had exquisite 1930s Packards near each other in the show.

Overby, who brought in his 1934 Packard that's driven to shows from Knoxville and Louisville to here, said it's nice to see so many people of all generations putting so much time and energy into restoring and personalizing their rides.

"Can you imagine how much money's laying in here?" Overby said. "There's $160,000 right here just in two cars. It's something. You know you don't realize how many people are into this until you come out to a show because you never usually see them."

World of Wheels winners

Here's a look at the winners from the 2010 World of Wheels at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena:

Mountaineer Award: Roger Charles' 1941 Willys

Best Detailed Engine: Sponsored by Tri-State Trophy, in memory of Earl Davis: Ralph Ballard's 1970 Chevy Chevelle

Best Competition: Randy's Kelley's 2008 American Rail Car

Best Custom: Cebert Newsome's 1957 Chevy

Best Truck/Van: Jerry Maynard's 1969 C-10, P.U.

Best Rod: Joe Goodrich's 1933 Plymouth

Best Antique/Restored:James H. Lackey's 1923 Jordan

Best Cycle: William Adkins' 2007 Suzuki

Best Sports: Roger Walton' 1965 Corvette

Best Interior: Bub King's 2000 Dually

Best Custom Paint: Mark Stiltner's 1937 Ford

Best Original Paint: Roger Walton's 1965 Corvette

Best Engine: Roger Charles' 1941 Willys

Best of the Rest: Ron Ervin's 1977 Ford Bronco (the Cherry wood Bronco)

Best Mopar: Ed and Barb Jividen's 1970 Cuda

Best GM: Charlie Brown's 1967 Chevelle

Best Ford: Dee Callicoat's 1962 Ford Thunderbird

Best Display: Cooper's Truck and Accessories

Outstanding Display: Don Stewart

Third Place Display: Mitch and Rick Love

Outstanding Street Machine: Paul Barnette's 1968 Chevy

Outstanding Truck: Bub King's 2000 Dually

Outstanding Custom Rod: Mark Stiltner's 1937 Ford

Outstanding Sports: Bob Cox's 1958 Corvette

Outstanding Street Rod:Scott Grosse's 1932 Roadster

Outstanding Custom: Dan Jeffries' 1956 Buick

Outstanding Antique/Restored: Ralph Ballard's 1970 Chevy

Outstanding Comp: George Reese's 1948 Anglia

Outstanding Cycle: Michael and Cheryl Smith's 2008 Honda Goldwing

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