Car enthusiasts put vehicles on display at veterans appreciation event

Published 6:01 pm Thursday, July 14, 2022

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Local classic car owners got the chance to show off their sweet rides at a show that supported a good cause.

And although the weather was somewhat uncooperative, several cars were featured last Saturday at Robert D. Campbell Junior High as part of the Honor the Veterans Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show.
Holder Entertainment, which has worked with various local organizations in Winchester, hosted the event.

“We’re having a car show to honor the veterans. Whether they have a car or not, they can come out”, said owner Donald Holder. “All funding today that’s raised goes to the Patriot Guard of Kentucky.”

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Several vehicles could be looked at in the parking lot for their prestige and spectacle – featuring new owners and old.

James Toller, the owner of a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, was at his first car show with a vehicle on display. He bought the car featuring original tires and an LT1 V8 motor less than two weeks earlier.

“I’ve been to some as a spectator and really enjoyed them,” said Toller. “I was like, ‘Well, now we’ve got a vehicle to actually throw in there.’ I’m enjoying my time out here for sure.”

On the other end of the experience, Marvin Durbin – an antique 1929 Ford Model A owner – has been doing car shows for nearly 15 years.

“It’s been good, [and] it’s been disappointing in some,” he said.

Durbin also noted that the age of the vehicle offered much excitement in the name of exploring auto history, while showcasing an original owner’s manual and crankshaft.

Scott Bailey – whose father was a Vietnam veteran – decorated and brought out his 2016 Ford Mustang GT California edition.

The trunk alone featured dog tags, inert grenades, various badges, and more.

“In my trunk, I do honor the Vietnam veterans who didn’t get what they deserved when they came home,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of Vietnam vet friends. That’s for them.”

Also present was Rolling Thunder, an organization dedicated to advocacy for those in the military who have been named prisoners of war (POW) or considered missing in action (MIA).

“We want to keep our government aware of our POW [and] MIA mission,” said Larry Hall, who sits on the board of directors for Rolling Thunder KY Chapter 5. “Right now in Kentucky, we have 14 MIA’s still listed [as] missing from the Vietnam War. Throughout the country, there’s still over 80,000 missing.”

At noon, all veterans who signed in were announced for honorary purposes and a “Retiring the Colors” ceremony took place.