The parking lot at WCHS was lined with cars, trucks and motorcycles on display Saturday as a fundraiser for 2019 Project Graduation. According to organizer Kelley Snyder, there were 116 entries with participants coming from surrounding counties and even as far as Alabama.
“We raised $3,900 with the entry fees and silent auction, which will be spent on prizes for students at Project Graduation,” said Snyder. “We had no out-of-pocket expenses thanks to our sponsors so every penny was profit.”
Manchester resident Turley Reynolds brought his baby-blue 1958 Ford Skyliner hardtop convertible with an oxford white bottom. Reynolds estimates he’s got around $50,000 in it, saying his favorite part is the retractable roof.
“I’ve had it finished probably four years now,” said Turley. “I found it in Rock Island, bought and redid it. My favorite part is the roof working right retracting into the trunk because that was the hardest part of it.”
Added Turley’s granddaughter Bryleigh Reynolds, 6, as she shined the bumper with a rag, “It looks so good and I love when the top comes up.”
From originals to customs, spectators walked around checking out both the interior and exterior of the vehicles. To vote for their car or bike of choice, people placed money in jars positioned in front of the vehicles.
Over 67 awards were given away. The top four winners are:
Best in Show –1953 Chevrolet 3100 truck owned by Manchester residents Tom and Sheila Toneff
People’s Choice – 2013 Ford Mustang SSVT owned by McMinnville resident Heather Harris
Best in Show Bike – 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide owned by Morrison resident Phillip Beaty
People’s Choice Bike – 2009 Yamaha Tour Deluxe owned by Rock Island resident Carl Shoemaker Jr.