Vos and Queen claim top awards in Spirit of the Smokies Car Show
SYLVA — The Best in Show and People’s Choice awards were presented to Tim Vos for his 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham and Leon Queen for his 1968 Ford Ranger pickup truck during the 13th annual Spirit of the Smokies Car Show June 4 at MedWest-Harris.
The Ugliest Vehicle trophy went to Heather Ensley for her 1978 Ford Ranger pickup truck. This category is always a crowd favorite, said Steve Brown, executive director of Foundations for MedWest Health System. Dr. Earl Haddock, a cardiologist with Sylva Cardiology and physician director of the car show, designs and creates the trophy each year for this category.
“This car show has become a tradition in Western North Carolina for the car owners and those who come out to see the masterpieces on display,” Brown said.
The Law Enforcement Choice award was presented by Sylva Police Chief Davis Woodard and Jackson County Sheriff Jimmy Ashe to Bob Anders for his 1954 Mack truck. The Dealers Choice award, sponsored by Andy Shaw Ford and Paramount Kia of Asheville, went to Carl Queen for his 1957 Ford Thunderbird.
The top 20 winners and their vehicles were: Tom Bonnow, Dodge Ram SRT-10; Jerry Adams, 1973 Dodge Challanger; George Baumann, 1967 Cougar; Jake Howell, 1966 Chevy II SS; Ulas Burnette, 1929 Ford closed-cab pick-up; Homer and Teresa Holbrooks, 1955 Chevy 210; Ron Mercier, 1961 Corvair Lakewood; Mickey Archer, 1936 Chevrolet Master; Willard Southarn, 1970 Plymouth Cuba; Leon Queen, 1968 Ford Ranger pick-up truck; Bob Anders, 1950 Ford Tudor; Guy Dillard, 1940 Ford; Bill and Martha Bishop, 1947 Chevrolet Sport Coupe; Mike Dorman, 1961 Chevy Impala SS; Jack Brown, 1957 Chevy; Bob Anders, 1954 Mack truck; Bob Hoenigmaa, 1972 Chevy Chevelle 502 EF1; Edward Chesney, 1947 Lincoln Continental Convertible; Lyman Holland, 1969 Ford Mustang; Steve Maglio, 1912 Ford Paddy Wagon.
There were 120 entries in this year’s car show. In the past 13 years, the Spirit of the Smokies Car Show has raised more than $55,000 to help patients control risk factors of cardiopulmonary conditions through physical exercise, diet and education. Funds have been used to purchase educational materials and new equipment at MedWest-Harris, including treadmills, recumbent steppers, leg press machines, weights and stationary bikes.