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Red Carpet Classic Car Show roars to life this weekend

Nostalgia will be on display Saturday when the Vicksburg Cruisers hold its 13th annual Red Carpet Classic Car Show at Blackburn Motor Co. on South Frontage Road.

“We’ll start Saturday at 8 a.m. and present the awards at 2 p.m.,” club secretary Micky Parker said. “Friday, we’ll be there starting about 5:30, 6 p.m. to set up.”

Parker said the club will have a drive-in movie Friday night, presenting the Transformers film, “Bumble Bee,” which features a 1967 yellow super beetle.

During the Saturday show, he said, “People will see a lot of pre-1949 vehicles, cars from the 20s and 30s, and muscle cars. We’ll have a variety of vehicles from pre-war to modern.

“We will have about seven military vehicles from World War I and World War II.”

The show will also include tractors and motorcycles.

Registration for the car show will be from 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Pre-registration is $20 and $25 the day of the show.

All proceeds will benefit Renewal House, a Christ-centered program founded by Dr. Dan Edney featuring 12-step treatment program for men who are unable to have access to care and in need of long-term resident care.

“We try to have a different charity every year,” Parker said, “We try to split it up. We’ve done Haven House for so many years, we wanted to try to get somebody else in the picture; somebody else in the mix. Share the wealth.”

The first 100 entries will receive a dash plaque, and awards will be presented for people’s choice, sweet 16, promoter’s choice, kids pick, best pick in tractors and motorcycles and rat rods.

Parker said Vicksburg Cruisers has been active for almost 20 years. He said the members meet in January with the National Street Rod Association to set show dates for the car clubs in Mississippi.

“The date we picked is a date that no other local club in the vicinity had a show on, so we provide the show for that weekend,” he said.

“The reason for the shows is to bring the cars to show (car) enthusiasts. Going to car shows is a big deal, and we like getting together with the other clubs around Jackson, Brookhaven. We don’t see them that often, and when we do, it’s a big family activity.

“We like to show off what we have and it’s a big thing for the city to see.”

Blackburn Motors, he said, has worked closely with the club to prepare for the show.

“Every year, Jeb (Blackburn) has been so good to us as far ‘Cruise’ is concerned,” Parker said. “He will actually clean his lot off he will take all his cars off his lot and we have complete control of his lot.

“Everything on Jeb’s lot is going to be ours Friday night and Saturday.”

And the weather, Parker said, is forecast to be good.

“This is the first time we’re looking at good sunny weather in the last three years with our show, so we’re looking for an turnout for our show.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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