Popular vintage and classic car show draws record crowd –
By Patricia Beech –
Parked side-by-side with hoods raised and engines sparkling, the rainbow of vintage automobiles featured in the eighth annual Cruise-In for Cancer Memorial Benefit in Peebles provided a glimpse of automotive history dating to the earliest days of motorized transportation.
Dozens of collectors and enthusiasts who protect and restore vintage and classic vehicles participated in the event on Saturday, June 2, but only five lucky owners took home the event’s coveted memorial trophies.
The winners included: Barry Copas, who won the Jack Austin Memorial Trophy for his 1957 Chevy; Brycen Staten won the Doug Frost Memorial Trophy for his 1957 Chevy Pickup; Larry Smalley’s 1965 Impala won the Phil Swayne Memorial Trophy; Ashley Staten won the Bill Evans Memorial Trophy for her 1966 Nova; and the Tim Adams Memorial Trophy went to Dave McAlister for his 1929 Ford.
“We feel so privileged to be a part of this event,” said Jackie Austin Brown. Her family presented the Jack Austin Memorial Trophy. “Our Dad loved cars,” she said. “It means so much to all of us to present this trophy in his name.”
In addition to honoring the memory of Tim “Satch” Adams, who succumbed to an extremely aggressive form of cancer, the event raises money for local cancer victims.
“We have three families who will receive the money we raise this year,” said Ronnie Shriver, one of the event’s organizers. “Tim really cared about people and it’s very important to us to honor his memory by helping other cancer victims.”
In 2003, Adams founded the Jesus Motorsports Outreach Cancer Benefit, a fundraiser featuring vintage and classic automobiles. Following his death in 2011, two of his closest friends, Shriver and Larry Shaw (owner of Okay Auto in Peebles), made a commitment to carry on his crusade against cancer.
Adams’ sister, Sally Cunningham called the event a “touching tribute to her brother”.
“Tim was a great guy, he loved Christ, and he loved cars since he was little kid,” she said. “This Cruise-In was his dream, and I’m so happy that his friends have decided to keep it alive.”