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Car show benefits the VFW during Labor Day Weekend

By Bianca Montes
Aug. 31, 2013 at 3:31 a.m.

D.W. Stubblefield, of Bloomington, checks out the interior of a 1931 Ford Model A coupe with owner Scott Bright at Saturday's fourth annual Labor Day Weekend Car Show at the VFW Post 4146 in Victoria.

From a cherry red Chevrolet Impala to a blue ombre-streaked pickup truck with whitewall tires, classic motor enthusiasts packed up their big guns to show off at the fourth annual Labor Day Weekend car show.

D.W. Stubblefield, of Bloomington, drove in his black Ford classic truck but spent most of his time drooling over a 1931 Ford coupe with a 32-inch grill and a 350 engine.

"I thought that one was real sweet," he said. "They don't make cars like this anymore. It's beautiful."

In previous years, the event took place Sunday at the Catholic War Veterans Hall in downtown Victoria, but because of an increased number of participants, the event moved to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall on Lova Drive.

"It's taken off beyond expectation," Post Commander Mat Offe said, saying that 40 vehicles and four motorcycles - three of which he owns - participated in the show.

Russell Autry, of Victoria, said he came out to the event, despite the high temperature, to support the veterans. "They sacrificed so we could do things like attend car shows," he said.

Ten top winners took home trophies at the event, and a 1937 Ford coupe took home best of show. Spectators voted for the top winners, and participants voted for best of show, said event promoter Eusebio "Tiny" Cruz with the Wild Bunch Car Club.

A raffle also produced three prizes, including a homemade wooden cooler. Proceeds from the car show went to benefit VFW Post 4146.

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