Saturday’s 109-degree heat did not hold back hundreds of car enthusiasts from attending this year’s Heartland Car Show Saturday morning.
Despite scorching temperatures, hundreds of classic and high-performance car owners registered for the show, a number only matched by the attendees, and Heartland Car Club Secretary Tim Burris said the weather was much nicer than it was last year.
“We had 5 and a half inches of rain last year,” Burris said. “We had stuck cars. We had ducks swimming around the cars. It was rather wet. We would rather have the heat today than the rain. We need the rain, but it can rain tomorrow.”
More than 50 awards were presented to participants from the Heartland Car Club. Rocky Gregory took first in the burnout competition race division with his 1984 Chevy S10. Corey Wishert took first in the street division with his ’94 Camaro. Angel Allgood took first in the panty dash with a time of 18.50. Ray Pasina for best bike with his 2016 Indian. Corey Stroh won best import with his 2017 Toyota. Jim Tapscott won best MOPAR with his ’69 Plymoth Road Runner. Zach Fox won best Mustang with his 1983. Lynn Maxwell’s ’66 Chevelle won best GM. Jan Banner’s 64 Falcon won best Ford and Pete Perry’s ’54 Chevy Sedan Del won best in show.
“It was really great. A lot of folks don’t like to come out in the heat, but a lot came out to support us,” Burris said. “This is one of the only shows in the area. The closest one is Abilene. We’ve gotten a pretty good reputation in the car show world. Nothing costs these people anything.”
The proceeds from this year’s car show will go to Good Samaritan Ministries, which provides the community with food and emergency financial assistance through numerous community programs.
“We pick out a charity every year. All of the money that is donated to help us put the show on and the awards, we keep back some seed money for next year and everything above that goes to our charity,” Burris said. “We had a poker run last night at the Sonic in Early and that is the main fundraiser for our charity … All of the money made on that goes to the charity.”
Although for charity, Burris said it was Brown County’s passion for classic and high performance cars and bikes that keeps them coming year after year. Burris believes Brown County’s commitment to car culture is rare.
“I hate to say it, but charity is kind of secondary,” he said. “Brownwood has supported us tremendously. It’s really amazing. I was born and raised in Brownwood. I was gone for 22 years, on both coasts. We have something very unique here in Brownwood with the fact we can do a show like this, with community support and not have to charge anybody anything.”