• 37°

For the love of cars: AACA holds annual car show at Transportation Museum

On a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon, Morgan Mincey, from Hillsborough, sits behind a ’69 Mercury Cougar XR7. This was the first time Morgan and her father, Gene Mincey, have entered the Antique Auto Club of America’s annual car show.

“This was my mom’s high school car and (my parents have) been restoring this car for 35 years,” Morgan said.

Unfortunately, Morgan’s mother could not be there to enjoy the show; she passed away from breast cancer four years ago.

“So my dad actually pushed himself to finish up the car and everything,” she said, “so this year we actually showed it in memory of her.”

Car enthusiasts, like the Minceys, and local community members gathered for the Antique Auto Club of America Annual Car Show at the North Carolina Transportation Museum on Saturday.

The Furnitureland Chapter of the AACA sponsored the event.

Furnitureland is an organization committed to the maintenance, restoration and enjoyment of antique automobiles, trucks and motorcycles, according to their website.

Cars of all makes and models were included in the show, including Karen and Rockey Rozell’s 1977 silver Corvette. The couple from Indian Trail has entered cars in a lot of different shows over the years.

Karen said her husband is working on four cars right now and has five others that they enter in shows.

“He’s always loved them. Since I’ve known him, he’s had old cars,” she said.

Morgan Mincey said car shows mean a lot to the older generations.

“I think it means a lot to people just because, generation-wise, cars today can’t compare to the cars here,” she said. “I think this is kind of like a flashback for people.”

Morgan Mincey also said having younger people attend the event helps keep the tradition alive.

John and Ellen Haring from Hertford entered a 1963 Chevy Impala into the show, a car they have had for 31 years. John said attending car shows is a great way to meet new people.

“It’s a camaraderie of the people,” John said. “Making some new friends, that’s a big part of it.”

For the Harings, the car brings back memories of their younger days.

“This car is sort of a car of our youth. When we were starting to drive, these were the cars that were available,” John said.

Many of the people who entered the show had their work pay off for them by receiving awards at the end of the show.

Morgan Mincey and her father were one of the winners, and were expecting more awards to come while honoring the memory of her mother.

“It’s actually a really good memorial thing for us that we’ve been doing this year,” she said.

The next event to be held at the Transportation Museum will be the Autumn Train Excursion — The Blue Ridge Special on Oct. 31.

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.

Comments

News

Defendant convicted in attempted murder case on the run after fleeing from trial

Business

Downtown Gateway Building to be renamed for late Paul Fisher

Coronavirus

Rowan County COVID-19 data for April 15

Local

Rep. Warren’s bill would prohibit parking in electric vehicle charging stations

Local

Historic Preservation Commission approves Integro Technologies expansion, Paint the Pavement project

Education

Faith Academy, RSS will negotiate over what goes, stays in elementary school

Crime

Teacher killed in Alamance County shootout with Mexican drug cartel

Coronavirus

Bill would give more tax breaks on COVID-19 loans

Nation/World

No response as divers knock on capsized ship’s hull

Local

Quotes of the week

Crime

Blotter: Man found on church property with litany of drugs

Crime

Man charged in connection to 2019 overdose death

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Education

Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county

Business

Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards

Kannapolis

Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent

Education

Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps

Education

Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition

Coronavirus

County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top

Local

Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street

News

Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session

Education

Shoutouts

Business

Groundbreaking on Pennant Square signals next phase in downtown Kannapolis revitalization