As you well know by now, 2020 is the year of the pandemic and many car shows were canceled. The lack of summer events, combined with fantastic weather, brought out a record number of entries for the 10th Annual New Hanover UMC Car and Bike Show in Gilbertsville.

“We had such an amazing time at our 10th Annual Classic Car and Bike Show this past Saturday. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this event and to our volunteers who made this amazing event happen! Thanks to your generosity we were able to raise over $7,500 for Happy 2 Be Home,” Pastor Gil Vining posted on the New Hanover United Methodist Church Facebook page on Sept. 10.

The annual event, now in its 10th year, benefits Happy 2 Be Home, a 501c3 certified organization that "provides funding for improvements to a family's house in order to make it suitable for their chronically ill child," according to the organization's website: https://www.happy2behome.org/

The 386 vehicles entered in the show offered something for everyone’s automotive tastes; cars, trucks, motorcycles, antiques, classics, muscle cars and more. It was also the first opportunity for many of the car show enthusiasts to see each other face to mask-covered face since October of last year.

Special awards were presented for Best Antique, Best Custom, Best Truck, Best Paint, Best GM, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best Import, Best Engine, Best Motorcycle, Best Street Rod, Best Competition, Best Classic Muscle, Best Modern Muscle, Best Street Machine and of course, the coveted Best of Show.

AWARD WINNERS

Happy 2 Be Home Pick: Harrison Fromm - 1923 Ford T-Bucket

Best Engine: Mick Dornes - 1932 Ford

Best Paint: Paul Santoni - 1968 Chevelle

Best Motorcycle: W. Walker - 1940 Harley-Davidson with Side Car

Best Ford: Ron Heidenreich - 1957 Thunderbird

Best GM: Joe Williams - 1967 Chevelle

Best MOPAR: Ken Schell - 1972 Road Runner

Best Antique: Alan Kaufold - 1929 Willys Dump Truck

Best Street Rod: Claire Bingman - 1938 Ford Coupe

Best Classic Muscle: Ken Bennett - 1965 Mercury Comet

Best Modern Muscle: Mike Althouse - 2005 Chrysler 300

Best Custom: Wes Cassel - 1955 Chevy

Best Street Machine: Mark Sagrantz - 1969 Camaro

Best Competition: Lil & Ron Kistler - 1963 Plymouth

Best Truck: James Rothrock - 1956 Chevy Pickup

Best Import: Bob Daniels - 1956 VW Bug

Best of Show: Danny Pacifico - 1940 Chevy 2-Door Business Coupe Street Rod

In addition to the aforementioned Special Award winners there were also Top 40 Trophies awarded.

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