Article Submitted by Dick Cashdollar
Saturday February 25th saw the 12th annual car show hosted by Port City Corvettes at Bass Pro. As I’m certain many will remember, several years ago we huddled together in winter coats at this show…..but not this year! A bright, sunny day saw temperatures soar into the low ‘80’s by lunchtime, causing the hearty who attended to bake as we sat on the treeless asphalt parking lot anxiously waiting for the judges to complete their rounds.
One little fellow drew a crowd, after showing that he was smarter than most in getting out of the heat!
Other than the heat and lack of restroom facilities it was a nice show, with 111 vehicles registered. I’d estimate that about 80% of these cars were Corvettes, with the majority being late model ‘Vettes. The Gulf Coast Corvette Club from Mississippi was represented by a number of members, with their standout car being an absolutely beautiful 1961 Corvette.
This was an important show for me personally. It was the first car show that I felt comfortable in attending since the 2020 Port City show, which was closely followed by the life changing COVID pandemic. It felt really good cleaning up my car and getting out with like-minded folks again!
After many years of presenting trophies, Port City Corvettes went to smaller hand-painted awards several years ago. However, this year they reverted to full-sized trophies again.
My 1980 Corvette won a second-in-class trophy (1971 to 1985 class), so I was happy to add it to my modest collection.
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DSR members Bill Brown & Dan Jacobson also brought cars to the Port City Show.
Four DSR members traveled to Foley to participate in the OWA Mardi Gras Parade. Boy, were we all shocked! We were expecting a local parade with small crowds, but this event was huge! There were 55 entries in the parade including floats, dance teams, marching bands, and, of course, antique cars. The crowds were fabulous, and the event was very family-oriented. Thanks to Bill Brown, Leslie Sellers, Deana Landry and Debbie Bright for the great photos.
The Dixie Wings Motorcycle Cub invited us along on their day tour for lunch at The Shed in Ocean Springs. Between the two clubs we had 33 people. There were several motorcycles and antique cars, as well as many folks in their modern cars.
The food was delicious, as it always is at The Shed, and everyone enjoyed the perfect spring weather!
Leslie Sellers represented the DSR in style at the Ravine Woods Children’s Parade on February 12th. They had beautiful weather for this charming neighborhood parade, and Leslie’s car was used to carry Councilwoman Gina Gregory.
The dreary, wet weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 55 folks who came out to the clubhouse for our first annual Open House & Cruise-In. With so many new members added to our rosters, the officers thought this would be a great chance for everyone to get to know one another. In a spirit of collaboration with local clubs, the Dixie Wings Motorcycle Club was also invited. Many of these Gold Wing owners also own antique cars, and several registered with the DSR. We even had a few fearless drivers who brought their Gold Wings and antique cars in spite of the drizzle!
John Bright and his sous chefs took shelter on the front porch as they grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone. We rounded out the meal with fabulous homemade cakes and cookies, as well as homemade ice cream with all the toppings!
After a fun day in the clubhouse, no one was ready to leave, so everyone jumped in to help with clean-up!