Car show raises funds for scholarship

Justin Waters, 5, followed his older brother, Hunter, 7, from car to car. But, when their father, Gregg, spotted what he described as his dream car, the entire family –– including the boys' mother, Stephanie –– stopped to admire the 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle.

"That's been my dream car," said Gregg Waters, of Stockbridge.

"The boys love cars," said their mom.

"This is the first time they have ever been to a car show," said the father. "The last time I was at a car show was about five years ago. I just like to see the older cars."

The Henry County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its third annual Car & Bike show, Saturday, at Clark Park, in Stockbridge.

The event is a fund-raiser to generate money for college scholarships. "Our goal is to send two high school graduates to accredited four-year colleges or universities," said Eugene Edwards, president of the Henry NAACP.

Several Car & Bike show contestants walked away with trophies, including Stockbridge Mayor Lee Stuart. "This event is really community involvement, and offers a sense of community," said Stuart. "This is the kinda stuff you don't see or hear about happening in Stockbridge."

Stuart won a "Best Paint" award with his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. "I am the original owner of this car," said the mayor.

Eric Wilson, of Griffin, won more than one trophy for his 1948 F-1 Ford pick-up truck.

"This was in the first series of the Ford F-1s," said Wilson. He won first place, "Best Paint," and "Best of Show" honors.

Other winners included Lenaris Johnson, of Jonesboro, who came in first in his category with a 1969 Chevy Camaro. Second place went to Keno Hartfield, of Decatur, for his 1968 Chevelle, and a third-place trophy went to Clifford Smith, of Stockbridge, for a 1967 Ford Mustang.

The NAACP's Edwards walked away with a "Best Interior" award for his 1965 Ford Falcon.

Another winner was Samuel Kelly, Sr., who won first place in the motorcycle division, for with his 2010 Soft Tail Deluxe Harley Davidson.

"I've been riding bikes for 12 years," said Kelly, of Hampton.

Lemuel Williams, of Riverdale, won second place in that category, and Emerson Lavey, Jr., of McDonough, came in third, with his 2003 Suzuki.