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Car show roars into Shelbyville

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Michael Wilhoite, left, and Lewis Phelps of Shelbyville Public Works prepare trash cans for the car show beginning today at the Celebration Grounds.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
Starting today, a different type of horsepower will be displayed at the Celebration grounds as the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Grand National show, as well as the Southeastern Special Fall Meet, kicks off.

Hosted by the Celebration City Region Car Club Inc., the three-day event will feature hundreds of classic vehicles from all across the country.

Free for public

Preliminary events for AACA members start today, while the Grand National show, which has strict entry requirements, begins Friday, with the Southeastern Special meet held on Saturday.

On Friday and Saturday, the public is welcomed to the Celebration grounds to check out the carefully-preserved and meticulously-restored vehicles displayed, whose owners come from every part of the country.

There will be no admission charge for visitors and vendors will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both days.

Best of best

More than 150 AACA judges will be attending the show this weekend, and the entries are limited to "the best of the best." In fact, a vehicle must have received a Senior Award in an AACA show last year to even be entered.

Teams of judges will spend five to 10 minutes on each classic car, closely examining the engine, interior, exterior (paint) and chassis, judging on a 400-point scale.

Cards designating parking places for each show car were distributed around the grounds Wednesday.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
The parts must be those originally used by each manufacturer, or identical to those, used in the vehicle's model year.

There are also separate classes for cars that have undergone ground-up restorations as opposed to unrestored originals.

National event

This isn't the first time Shelbyville has hosted one of the events. In 1994, the Celebration City club hosted the Southeastern regional AACA event and efforts to bring both events here the same weekend have been in the works for four years.

AACA has members in all 50 states and 50 foreign countries. Last year's Grand National was held in Santa Rosa, Calif., and the event moves each year from one side of the Mississippi to the other.

If you go

For more information about the AACA dual meet, or the club's other local activities year-round, go to http://www.celebrationcitycarclub.com. For information about the parent organization, go to http://www.aaca.org.

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