East Alabama and West Georgia residents show their best vehicles Saturday

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2019

LANETT — Lodge No. 656, Free & Accepted Masons in Lanett had a successful car show Saturday afternoon on the parking lot down from El Rio Mexican Restaurant in Lanett.

A total of 46 vehicles were entered in the show. Classic car owners from throughout the east central Alabama-west central Georgia region competed for four main awards ­— Master’s Choice, People’s Choice, Best Truck and Best in Show.

Leigh Noles of the Low & Slow Car Club in Opelika, was the day’s big winner. Her 1968 Camaro captured both the People’s Choice and Best in Show awards.

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Noles is a cardiovascular tech in the cath lab at the East Alabama Medical Center.

Manufactured by Chevrolet, the Camaro went on sale in September 1966 and was designed to compete with the Ford Mustang. Over 5 million of them have been sold. There were four generations of this classic car when it ceased production in 2002. A fifth generation of the Camaro resumed in 2009, during a revival of the U.S. auto industry.

Donald Preston of Opelika was the winner of the Master’s Choice award for his 1967 Chevy Nova.

The Nova also had five generations, running from 1962 through 1979 and from 1985 through 1988.

The Best Truck winner, Mike Sorrell’s 1956 Ford pickup, has an interesting history. It was purchased brand new by Albert Hengstler. He got it straight from the show room at Huguley-Scott Ford in West Point. When he traded it in a few years later, the truck was acquired by Radford “Shiney” Moon of Langdale.

“He drove it to work at Langdale Mill,” said son Randy Moon. “I can remember him hauling stuff in it, and using it to carry his boat to the backwater to go fishing. He still had it when he died in 1982.”

Sorrel has had it completely restored and looks great in its British racing green paint scheme.

“Mike’s done a great job of restoring it,” said Randy Moon who was Radford Moon’s son. “I know it looks a lot better than it did when my dad had it. To him it was just a pickup truck to get to where he was going. I can remember driving that truck when I was a teenager.”

The lodge has been hosting car shows on the parking lots across from the Lanett Mill site for several years now. Lots of folks driving along Highway 29 on a Saturday morning like to stop and look at the nice rides that are on display.

“It’s a fundraiser for us,” said lodge member Barry Smith. “This is our sixth spring show. We’ve had four of them in the fall. It really helps us with our scholarship fund. We give away several of them every year to deserving local high school graduates. We had some really nice weather today. That helped us with the turnout.”

“You never know where the people will come from,” Smith said. “Last year, one of our winners was from Illinois. We usually have a lot of people from Lanett and Valley, Opelika, Auburn, Columbus and LaGrange.”

In the near future, the lodge will be hosting its second annual bass fishing tournament at West Point Lake. The weigh in will be at Southern Harbor Marina & Resort.