Annual auto show draws record entries, attendance
July 28, 2011
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- More than 100 entries were shown off Saturday during Fort Jackson’s Annual Autocraft Car & Bike Show, now in its sixth year.
And at the end of the three-hour expo, overall winners were named in three categories: Charles Marshall won overall car with his vintage Ford; Danny James won overall truck with his 1968 Chevrolet Stepside; and Kennyatta Mack won overall bike with a 2008 Big Dog K9.
Kenneth “Fletch” Fletcher, Autocraft Shop manager, said this year’s entries and spectators totaled the largest yet for the event.
“Overall, I think it was an ... excellent event,” Fletcher said. “The reviews are so great, they want to do it again (this year).”
In addition to the 112 entries, hundreds of enthusiasts and family members came out to support the event.
Fletcher, who owns nine cars himself, including an award-winning 1954 Chevy pickup, said the show offers DoD ID card holders a chance to show off their vehicles.
“The car enthusiasts, we don’t really cater to them but (for) one main event. There are beautiful cars all over the installation, but there’s nowhere for the Soldiers to show them off.”
That’s why the self-described “car guy” decided to ask six years ago if the shop could host a show. It was an immediate success.
“They can’t wait until we have this one-time event,” he said.
Judges awarded prizes in several categories, including truck, late model, original and custom. Prizes for sports bike and cruiser were also awarded. This year, 95 cars and trucks and 12 bikes were entered. Fletcher said the judges look for a variety of characteristics such as originality, cleanliness and customization during judging. Entry and admission to the show are free.