Horsepower took center stage July 20 during the 13th Annual Auto Craft Car and Bike Show at Fort Jackson's Patriot Park. Vehicles from American muscle to sleek sport bikes were on display throughout the day to vie for the position of "Best in Show."

"I was really impressed with the amount of cars at the show," said Robert Blair, an Air Force retiree from Sumter, South Carolina. "This is great for the community and bringing people in."

The skies were blue and the chrome glistened in the sun as hundreds of Soldiers, civilians and their Families walked among the cars, trucks and motorcycles. Some admired the neatly lined row of cars as others dreamed of owning the vehicles on display, a few even drooled. Each had an opportunity to get a close-up view of each participants showpiece vehicle and to "talk shop" with the owners.

Up for grabs during the show were large chrome and black trophies hailing the winning vehicle as "Best in Show." The categories included classic car, new age, sport bike, cruiser bike and truck.
"I built this bike myself within a year," said Cary Pack, an Air Force retiree who took first in the cruiser category. "I plan on building another bike and coming back next year."

The show was hosted by the post's Automotive Craft Shop, The show was hosted by the post's Automotive Craft Shop, where several of the show's contestants work and perform maintenance on their show pieces throughout the year. By taking a short tour and safety brief of the center and applying for a user's card, Department of Defense ID card holders can utilize the center and the abundance of their equipment for a small bay fee. The center is operated by mechanics that have over a decade of combined automotive knowledge and skill sets.

The craft shop's staff are always willing to answer questions and lend a hand if needed, making the auto center a great resource to those interesting in competing in next year's car show. Whether it's a new build or modifications on a current vehicle, the auto center offers tools and equipment for both domestic and foreign import vehicles.

The Automotive Craft Shop is located across the street from the Fort Jackson NCO club on Lee Road in Bldg. 5669 and can be contacted at 751-5755.