20th Annual “Under the Lights” Tri-County Cruisers show

20th Annual “Under the Lights” Tri-County Rod & Custom Car Show

Although it is a lot of unseen work to put on a show, we are proud of our success to contribute financially to Hospice care:  The Hospice of the Chesapeake, Hospice of Charles County, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospice, Calvert Hospice and in areas of our community such as Angel’s Watch, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where there is a need.  Additionally, we support the Baden Volunteer Fire Department, Station 36.  We take pride in this work with our hobby, to make things better for others.

This is about our Tri-County Cruisers Club’s 20th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show that was held on September 20, 2019 “Under the Lights” on the property of the Baden Volunteer Fire Department’s ballfield.  The weather was perfect throughout the afternoon and evening hours as the excitement built to learn who, of the 120 registered rods, would take home a plaque or a trophy or most of all, who would win Best in Show from this fundraiser for cancer and the community?

Now to get to the nitty gritty of this event!  Hoods and trunks up for judging throughout the afternoon!  Background music was provided by HardRock’s D.J. Service, Bob Hartman, djhardrock@djhardrock.com , whom we highly recommend except on dates that we need him!  The delicious smells floated through the air from Texas Ribs of Clinton’s large food trailer, one of our many sponsors!  Yummy ribs, bar-b-que, and more…..what a combination to perk-up a car show evening event!

Many thanks from the Tri-County Cruisers to the following businesses for sponsoring this year’s trophies.  Our Major Sponsor was “Bath Fitters” and we are very grateful for their support for our 20th Annual Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Car Show “Under the Lights”.  We also need to thank many other trophy sponsors as follows:

Top 30 Picks!  Trophies Sponsored by:

United Rentals – Buddy Bell’s ’55 Chevy 2 Dr. Sedan

United Rentals – K.J. Roche’s ’89 Chevy Chevelle SS

United Rentals – Butch Bastain’s ’68 Chevy Camaro

United Rentals – Linda Cairns’ ’84 Chevy Monti Carlo

United Rentals – Bobby Smith’s ’72 Chevy C-10

United Rentals – Dickie Cairns’ ’66 Chevy II Nova

Ginny Gregory – Raymond Phipps’ ’32 Chevy 3-Window Coupe

Ginny Gregory – J. Wayne Matthews’ ’55 Chevy BelAir

Ginny Gregory – Wayne Morris’ ’59 Chevy Impala

Ginny Gregory – Andre Brashears’ 2019 Corvette 2 R1

United Port-A-Johns – Michael J. Hebb, Sr.’s ’65 Chevy II Nova

United Port-A-Johns – Joseph Hanson’s ’65 Ford Thunderbird

United Port-A-Johns – Carl Bolden’s ’72 Olds Cutlass

United Port-A-Johns – John Cross’ ’70 Olds Cutlass

Bath Fitters – Larry Graves’ 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat

Bath Fitters – C. Ray Brown’s ’50 Chevy Pickup

Bath Fitters – Skip Thompson’s ’66 Chevy Corvette

Bath Fitters – Rick Emelio’s ’70 Chevy Chevelle

Bath Fitters – Buddy Groves’ ’57 Chevy BelAir

Bath Fitters – Christine Proctor’s ’50 Chevy Fleetliner

Bath Fitters – Richard Watson’s 2017 Ford Focus RS

Bath Fitters – Teresa Petrillo’s ’93 Chevy Truck

Bath Fitters – Bobby Schena’s ’71 El Camino

Bath Fitters – William Jones’ ’73 Chevy Monte Carlo

Texas Ribs of Clinton – Charles Ringley’s 2014 Ford Shelby

Texas Ribs of Clinton – Anna Holders’ 2007 GMC Serria

Texas Ribs of Clinton –Jimmy Downs’ ’70 Chevy Chevelle

Texas Ribs of Clinton – Johnny Brooks’ ‘34

Texas Ribs of Clinton – Bill Brown’s ’69 Chevy Corvette

Texas Ribs of Clinton – Bonnie Buchanan’s ’33 Ford Sedan

Next our SPECIAL AWARD winners with their sponsor were as follows:

Waldorf Chevrolet Cadillac – Best Chevy – Don Bellin’s ’81 Chevy Corvette

Waldorf Ford – Best Ford – J. Bowie’s ’50 Ford F1 Pickup

Gardiner Out Door Products – Best Mopar – Norman A. Burch, Sr.’s ’70 Dodge Challenger

Gardiner Out Door Products – Best Dodge – Tom Harris’ ’70 Dodge Dart Swinger

Bath Fitters – Best GM (Non-Chevy) – Charlie Beardsley’s ’48 Cadillac 62 Series

Waldorf Toyota – Best Truck – Jim Passero’s ’47 Ford Pickup

Ginny Gregory – Best Unfinished – Steven T. Sanner’s ’65 Chevy C10

Marlboro Trading Post – Special Interest – Mike Chapura’s ’62 Ford  Young

Metro Golf Carts – Best Muscle Car – Jimmy Herriman’s ’67 Chevy Camaro

Marlboro Mowers – Best Engine – John Matthews’ ’66 Chevrolet Chevelle

Midas of Waldorf – Best interior – Arnold Warner’s ’55 Chevy Nomad

Best Built Barns – Best Paint – Jay Guy’s ’70 Chevy Chevelle

Goad Lumber Co. – Best Street Rod – John L. Davis’ ’47 Ford Convertible

D & S Glass Service – Best Antique – Jeff & Donna Roberts’ ’31 Ford Model A

Tony Hall – President’s Pic – Clifton J. O’Brien’s ’31 Ford Truck

Bozick Distributors, Inc. – Ladies Choice – Pat Strain’s ’69 Chevy Corvette

Roger Hamilton – Kid’s Choice – Joe Thomas’ ’71 Chevy El Camino

National Street Rod Association Safety Award – Paul Wong’s ’68 Plymouth Cude

Amber’s Disposal – Rat Rods – Tim Burke’s ’30 Model A Ford

T.E. Wood Farm – Rat Rods – John Cox’s ’34 Ford Truck

Ed’s Plant World – Best Bikes – Dana Samuels’ 2004 Harley Road King

Also thanks to T.G. Performance, and Price Oil Company for sponsoring trophies.

Many thanks from the Tri-County Cruisers to Trophies by Design for donating the BEST IN SHOW TROPHY which was presented to:  Jason Williams of Newburg, for his PPG Custom Blend Orange ’70 Chevy Chevelle.  Jason purchased this rod from a friend about 4-years ago and then did a conversion.  This ’70 Chevy Chevelle now has an LSX 454 engine and AC with its interior by Steve Holcomb Auto Custom Interiors.  The car is amazing to see!

Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Cruisers again this year had a guessing game for the kids.  There was a large jar of Dum Dum lollypops and to win the jar and a $10 Gift Card courtesy of Roy Rogers of Waldorf, each child had to “Guess the number of lollypops in the jar”.  They had fun guessing.  The winner was 7-year old Lily!  Eleven-year old Hayes was the second runner up and he received a smaller jar of Dum Dums and also a $10 Gift Card courtesy of Roy Rogers of Waldorf!  How about that for the kids!

The Kid’s Choice for a trophy was another fun thing for the kids to do.  They would take their voting card supplied by Summit Racing and be presented with an “Official Judge – Kids Choice Award Badge” to wear as they went around and picked “three” of their favorite rods and return their choices to the ballot box.  From the choices noted by the children, the rod with the most votes became the winner of the ”KIDS CHOICE” trophyKids Choice Trophy was presented during the show awards to Joe Thomas for his ’71 Chevy El Camino.

The Tri-County Cruisers would like to extend a THANK YOU to the additional area businesses that supported this show with their donation to be used as a Silent Auction item or a door prize to help raise more funds for this show.  Again, this fundraiser was to benefit the four surrounding county hospices:  The Hospice of the Chesapeake, Hospice of Charles County, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Hospice and Calvert Hospice.  Also we donate to Angels Watch, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Baden Volunteer Fire Department from the funds raised at this show!

Silent Auction or Door prize items donated by businesses for this show were as follows:

Advance Auto – Brandywine Crossing, Advance Auto – Leonardtown Rd.,

Advance Auto – Shoppers World, Advance Auto – La Plata, Auto Zone – Brandywine Crossing, Auto Zone – Charlotte Hall, Auto Zone – Leonardtown Road,

Auto Zone – Billingsley Rd/301, Bed Bath & Beyond – Shoppers World, BONEFISH GRILL – Brandywine Crossing, Ginny Gregory, Buffalo Wild Wings – Mall Circle,

Car Quest of Waldorf – Old Washington Rd., Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Waldorf,

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen – Brandywine, Chevys Fresh Mex Brandywine Crossing, Chick-Fil-A – 301/Food Market, COSTCO, Foster’s Grille – Waldorf,  Market Place, The Foxy Fish – Mechanicsville, Galleria Salon & Spa – St. Patrick’s Dr., Giant Food – Manokeek, Giant Food – Waldorf Plaza Shopping Ctr., Hagerty Auto Insurance, HOOTERS – Waldorf, Kleen Wave Autospa –St. Patrick’s Dr., Longhorn Restaurant – Waldorf Plaza Shopping Ctr., Lowe’s – Waldorf, Meguiar’s Inc., MEXICO Restaurant – White Plains, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant– Waldorf, Outback Steakhouse – Waldorf, Red Robin – Waldorf Market Place,

Ridiculous Customs, LLC, Roy Rogers – Berkley Square, Safeway – Brandywine Crossing, Safeway – Waldorf Market Place, SAM’s Club, Sear’s Auto – St. Charles – Waldorf, Silver Diner – Festival Mall, Sonics – 301 & Pinefield, Starbucks –Manokeek, Summit Racing, The All American Steakhouse –St. Pat’s Dr., The Prime Street Grille – White Plains, Tires Plus – Smallwood Drive, Valvoline – St. Patrick’s Drive, Waldorf Chevrolet – David Snell, and Xscape Theatres – Brandywine Crossing.

Our thanks to the businesses that donated items and ads to our 2019 GOODY BAGs that where given to each show car, truck motorcycle, and rat rod that registered in our show:  Meguiar’s Samples Ultimate Wash & Wax and samples of Ultimate Compound to restore color, Monroe 100-year patches, Maryland Map 2019-2020, 2019 Visitor’s Guide – MD DISCOVER Stories of Intrigue,  – The All American Steakhouse $5 Bucks -Expires 90 Days from 9/13/19, Olive Garden $5 Off Coupons, Summit Racing Equipment Goody Bags, stickers and show banner, J.C. Taylor Antique Auto Agency Insurance Pamphlet, Auto Key Chains, Websites for:  Tri-County Cruisers & Baden Volunteer Fire Department, Silver Diner $5 Gift Cards (Exp 12/29/19), Tractor Supply flyers for Farmers Market Event and pens from PNC Bank. THANK YOU!

Cash donations, Silent Auction items or Door prizes were given by Tri-County Rod & Custom Car Club members and friends as well as time and talent to make the show a success to help community organizations: Paul Harris, Ginny Gregory & Tommy Raines, Tony & Doris Hall, Mike Tompkins, Diane & Ernie Daniels, Sr., Ernie Daniels, Jr., Steve Padgett, Richard & Gloria Dunderman, Roger & Margaret-Ann Hamilton, Debbie Hamilton, Gary & Mary Sutphin, Arnold Yochelson, Bill Bushey, Mike Hall, Ron Weaver, Don Kopanyi, Arnold Mason, Charlie Mudd, Dan Fellner, Ronnie Gregory, Roger Smyre, Rick Kidwell, Allen Swann, Jimmy Naylor, Butch Smith, Jim Morris, Todd, Bahneman, Larry Lee, Larry Mills, Leonard Miller, and Jay Tucker.

The Tri-County Cruisers Rod & Custom Car Club

Thanks everyone that has helped to make this 20th Annual Rod & Custom Car show a success!