The Ventnor Margate Lions Club hope car show drives interest

Ventnor Car ShowVENTNOR, NJ – The local Lions Club is inviting the public to set its sights on some classic cars in order to help the visually impaired.

The Ventnor Margate Lions Club is holding its first car show noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in front of the Auto Zone at the Ventnor Shopping Plaza where car clubs, collectors and dealers are invited to display their vehicles.

Those showing off their rides are asked to pay a $10 donation with proceeds benefiting projects for the blind and visually impaired.

“We would like to invite anyone who has a classic or custom or just plain cool car to be a part of this show,” said King Lion Mark Hills of Ventnor. “We hope to see a lot of locals and some really great cars at the event.”

He said the cars don’t have to be new or antique to be on display, and he’s looking for owners that are willing to chat about the unique features of their ride.

Hills said the car show gives people a chance to socialize and share stories about cars and history.

“To me, that’s a big part of what goes on in these shows; passing history down, telling history of a car, telling history or having someone remember riding in one,” Hills said.

Among the cars on display will be a 1949 Chrysler Windsor convertible, which has been in the family of John Campbell of Margate since it was bought new by his uncle.

When he was 16 years old with a Pennsylvania driver’s license, Campbell, now 84, drove a 1929 Ford Model A, which was popular for a while. He said after he got out of high school, that car fell out of fashion in favor of the curves and style that followed World War II.

He said it was tough to get a new car and potential buyers would often have to entice car dealers in order to get their names put on a list. He did just that, in 1948, and put his name on a list for a new car, but after awhile he forgot about it.

At the time, Campbell worked at Haverty’s Service Station, owned by his uncles, on the corner of Franklin and Ventnor avenues.

“One day my uncle came in and said to me, ‘Hey John, you’re car’s out front.’ I said, ‘My car, what car?’ and out front was a Chrysler convertible,” said Campbell Friday, Oct. 7. “The guy said, ‘Here’s the car you ordered.’ But I didn’t have the money for it.”

He said three days later, his uncle came into the shop and asked him to check out his new 1949 Chrysler Windsor convertible, the same car that was almost Campbell’s.

“He got the car; I got drafted in the Korean War,” Campbell said with a hearty laugh.

Campbell said the car was garage kept for most of the time it was owned by his uncle until 1969 when he inherited the prized automobile.

“I used it when I was married, and on special occasions,” Campbell said of the car’s modern-day use.

Without power steering, he said it’s a bear to drive, but he was happy to take Miss New Jersey Jennifer Farrell for a victory lap around town.

Campbell’s classic is among the many that are expected to be on display in the Auto Zone parking lot of Ventnor Shopping Plaza.

The Ventnor Margate Lions Club collects eye glasses and distributes books on CDs to the visually impaired and has also raised funds for cornea transplants. The group meets the first and third Monday of each month at Fedeli’s Restaurant, 9403 Ventnor Ave., Margate.

Morris Lions Club Fall Car Show Celebrates 25 Years

Morris Lions Club’s annual Fall Classic Car Show  1971 Chevrolet CamaroThe Morris Lions Club annual Fall Classic Car Show started off as a small collection of 100 cars at the Grundy County Fairgrounds.

Now, on the 25th anniversary of its creation, it stands as the largest car show in the area and is expected to bring in 1,000 cars and thousands of spectators.

The Morris Lions Club, a volunteer organization dedicated to leadership development through community service, will host its Car Show, Swap Meet, and Car Corral on Sunday, Oct. 9.

The Morris Lions Club helps maintain the Morris Lions City Park, and has provided pavilions for every park in the city that currently has one. They take pride in the fact that 100 percent of the profits from the show and all of the events go back into the community.

Spectators can expect to see 43 different classes, and cars ranging from 1900 through the latest hot rods, including classic Chevys and Mustangs by the dozen.

In addition to the car show, there will be a swap meet where people can find car parts, decorations, toys, and about anything car related. The car corral had more than 200 cars for sale last year, some rough and some ready to drive off to show at the next car show.

Owners can register their cars from 7 a.m. until noon Sunday, Oct. 9 to be ready for judging and awards at 3:30 p.m. The show will take place at LyondellBasell Recreation Area, five miles East of Morris on U.S. 6 at Tabler Road.

Spectators can attend for $5 per person or $10 per family. In addition to the more than 1,000 cars expected to be present, the event will have lots of great food, door prizes, a free shuttle service provided by Illinois Central School Bus, free parking, music and commentary by 3D Sound of Dixon, Ill., and a 50/50 drawing.

Every 25th show car gets in free, and dash plaques by Screwball’s T-Shirts and signs are given to the first 650 show cars. Additional special awards include the LyondellBasell Manager’s Choice, Lions Club Choice, Lions Truck Choice, Lady Lions Choice, Judge’s Choice, Club Participation, Longest Distance to Show and Best Display.

“You can also get in on the raffle to win a beautiful 1971 Chevrolet Camaro, which will be given away at 3:15 p.m. It is the 15th car we’ve raffled off,” says Doug Linn, an organizer of the event. “The proceeds will go towards eyeglasses and hearing aids for the community.”

“The proceeds from the car show go to our sight and hearing programs and to the many community projects we do in Morris,” he added. “The show is our main source of income and is so large that we get help from a number of organizations to work the show, including Boy Scouts and American Legion. We also contribute to them for their help.”

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Lions Club ‘No Foolin’ Krispy Kreme Donut Sales

The Bowling Green Lions will be calling local businesses this week to offer to deliver donuts to them on Friday April 1, 2011.  The donuts are $7/doz.  The public may purchase them by prepaying for their order to John Veach or Ryan Bibb at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home.
Public may receive their orders on Friday, April 1 between 7:30-9:30 am at the Super 8 Hotel.
The Lions are the oldest international civic organization of their type in the world with 1.3 million members in 44,500 clubs in 206 countries  and focus mainly on eyesight and eye research.  The local Lions Club collects eyeglasses that are then evaluated and used in other countries where the need is the greatest, donate to eye research and assist individuals locally in getting eyeglasses.
The club also purchased a bench to assist in the development of the Cancer Park and most recently donated a sports batting cage at the Bowling Park Baseball Fields that will soon be installed.  They also donated to Kids in Motion, Project Prom, Back to School Fair, Veterans Honor Flight, Bowling Green Library, Hope Center and several families at Christmas. The club also gives an education scholarship, helps sponsor the local Special Olympics and hosts a car show at Heritage Days.  They also have sent band students to be a part of the Missouri Lions Band at International Conventions.  The club shows American pride by sponsoring a flag program where the club places flags at businesses on most holidays.
The club hosts several fund raisers a year to carry out these projects such as Krispy Kreme Donut Sales, Candy Days, Heritage Day BBQ and Car Show, pie and cake pan sales along with having several gum and candy machines in several of our businesses.