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Car show raises over $5K
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Gerald Goodwin showed his 1940 Ford during the Great Bodies Car Show held at Champion Chevrolet. The classic vehicle won the “Top Gun” award at the fundraiser for Families in Crisis.

The eighth annual Great Bodies Car Show raised over $5,000 for Families in Crisis. 

“It was a wonderful event,” said organizer Blaine Wilcher. “Alex and his staff at Champion Chevrolet went out of their way to accommodate us. They moved around 200 vehicles and sacrificed the normal run of their business in support of our great cause.” 

Wilcher says this year’s show attracted 100 entries, some saying they traveled 245 miles to attend the event.

Such a large turnout created a first-ever situation.  

“Our food sold out,” he said. “We gave away around 70 awards. We even judged a truck on the rock pile. The Greg McBride Award was presented to local Dr Pepper executive Doug Milner for supporting our car show for eight years running.”

“Preacher” Franklin, from Franklin, was presented “The Special Award” for bringing two Darrell Waltrip tribute cars and displaying them in the showroom. 

“They were a big hit with all the kids and the adults,” said Wilcher. 

Gerald Goodwin, from Cookeville, won “Top Gun” for his 1940 Ford.