Classic cars have it made in the shade at Cruis'n Angels show

May 31—Cruis'n Angels club president Gary Thompson says he can't pick a favorite from all the vehicles shown at Cruis'n Angels shows over the years.

"It's hard to narrow it down to just one thing," Thompson said. "I'd see one and I'd say that's the neatest thing, and somebody brings something I kind of like, the older stuff. They'll have coupes, you'd think they came off the showroom floor."

There could be dozens of favorites to choose from at the club's 26th Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, which begins 8 a.m. Saturday at Hatbox Event Center's hangars.

Thompson said the show could have up to 130 different categories.

The show has car classes 1900 to 1929, and classes for each 10 years after that. Those are broken down into original or modified. There are similar classes for trucks and motorcycles. There's a class for modified Model Ts called T Buckets, as well as ones for Tri-Fives, Chevys or Fords made from 1955-57. Imports and convertibles have their classes.

"We broke out the Corvettes, they have their own thing," Thompson said. "We've had a rat rod and they just weld anything you can think of into it. Some will be Mustangs."

The vehicles will fill the Hatbox hangars. There will be food trucks and a disc jockey.

Several Cruis'n Angel members, including Thompson, will show their cars, but not enter them in the contest.

People can enter their vehicles until the morning of the show. Entry fee is $20, and the first 100 to register get goodie bags and dash plaques.

Independent judges will pick the best in class and in the show. Trophies and $100 will be awarded to each of the top five cars. Trophies will be awarded for the top three entries in each class.

The judges face a tough choice.

"Some of the guys who show up they might have a vehicle that's $150,000 to $200,000, and they're beautiful and they're hard to compete with," Thompson said. "And you realize all the work people put in those to get them to that point, and all the money. because usually the guys who have nice cars. They put money in they're not worried about it because they're not getting rid of them."