THOMASVILLE — Block it off and they will come.

“They” — being the selection on display during the fourth annual City of Roses Show and Shine Car and Truck Show — came, in all colors and models from roughly the 1920s to 2006, to North Broad Street on Saturday.

“I just like coming and getting to meet all these people and talking about what we’ve got,” said Chris Hampton, participant.

Hampton, of Moultrie, got his 1953 Chevrolet 3100 at a museum in Texas four months ago.

“I fell in love with it and had to have it,” he said of the cherry red truck with Coca-Cola logos on it.

Fred Harrell, also with Hampton, said he enjoyed the variety of vehicles but still hopes to see a 1962 Pontiac Catalina Lightweight.

“They are extremely rare but well-built,” he said. “I’d like to see one of those and I’d also enjoy a 1962 Chevy Impala 409.”

Allan Scites, of Thomas County, brought his 1958 Pontiac StarChief that he’s owned almost five years.

“I’m a car nut and I found this at a Moultrie swap meet,” he said. “It was one of those things that I couldn’t live without. It sort of jumped out at me and would not let me go.”

Scites said his car held sentimental value because he graduated in 1966 and his StarChief was the type of car that many were driving at the time.

“I always liked the lines on it and the chrome dazzles,” he said.

Buddy Holloman, a member of the Cordele Cruisers Car Club Inc., said an event like the car and truck show was important because it allowed south Georgia to show the rest of the state what it has to offer in classic vehicles.

His 1938 Chevy has been completely rebuilt to accommodate all the modern amenities like power brakes. It took five years of labor to get it finished and Holloman was very proud of the end result and being able to show it off at the event.

“I’m enjoying the fellowship, seeing friends of mine and all the pretty cars,” he said. “We also have word of mouth here. If someone needs a part, then we can mention it and someone knows where we can get it.”

Fellow Cordele Cruisers member and club president Ernie Rhodes was also at the show with his 1955 210 Chevy.

It was a bright turquoise.

“My wife wanted it red but I told her this stood out more,” he joked. “I think shows like this are wonderful ways to meet other collectors and people who enjoy seeing the cars.”

Logan Birdsong of Valdosta spent the morning gladly showing off his red 1937 Jaguar SS100 Roadster.

“It’s one of the few times I’ve been in the right place at the right time,” said Birdsong of his purchase. “A lady was having hip surgery and could no longer drive it because it’s a clutch and she sold it to me.”

He’s had the car for four years and said it was his first attempt at a classic car.

“It’s totally different than anything I’ve ever seen,” said Birdsong. “It was fun doing it and I’ve already turned down $40,000 for it.”

Albert Barnes of Thomasville was attending the show with his family.

“I like looking at the old trucks,” he said. “It’s nice to see how people still appreciate them.”

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