• Steve and Donna Howell’s 1931 Pontiac was hard to miss at Saturday’s Cruise Night for Kids car show.
    Steve and Donna Howell’s 1931 Pontiac was hard to miss at Saturday’s Cruise Night for Kids car show.

Cruise Night defies weather, raises $1,500

    Despite the constantly unpredictable weather conditions lately in the Valley, the Andrews Cruise Night for Kids had a successful day Saturday.
    The car show, now in its 12th year, raised $1,500 that will go toward an annual Christmas party for children in need and other charitable projects.
    The rains came hard around 5:30 p.m., causing many of the 110 cars to pack up for the day, but organizer Susie Bryant said the turnout was great despite the ever-present threat of bad weather.
    It was a good day to be a Chevy, as all four winners showed they were like a rock, or maybe classic rock.
    The Mayor’s Choice winner, picked by Andrews Mayor James Reid, was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air owned by Adrian Lee.
    The first-place winner, perhaps not shockingly, was the beautiful red 1976 Corvette Stingray owned by Jack Ellers. Barry Anderson’s 1966 Chevy C-10 truck took second, and Harold Long’s 1953 Chevy truck was third.
    Participants voted on their favorite cars, but could not vote for their own entry.
    Steve and Donna Howell of Young Harris, Ga., brought their gorgeous 1931 Pontiac to the show. Even though it was not the oldest car on display, “It is certainly the yellowest one,” Steve said.
    Donna is a 1977 graduate of Andrews High School, so the Howells make it a point to come to Cruise Night every year among other shows they attend.
    The Howells redid the interior and have made other personal touches on the car, which they have had for around 10 years.
    The oldest car at the show was a 1923 Ford, owned by Gene Brunswick of Marble.
    Brunswick built the car himself, as he always wanted one growing up as a kid.
    “I don’t have much money, but I have play toys,” Brunswick laughed. “Someone asked me ‘Ain’t you getting a little old for that?’ But hey, I can still get in it.”
    While the 1923 Ford does not look like a speed demon, Jay Gatsby has nothing on Brunswick, who said he has had it up to 125 miles per hour.
    Murphy Mayor Rick Ramsey was in attendance, continuing the recent mutual goodwill tour of town events between himself and Reid.
    “We’ve been sharing the love at our events, it’s been great,” Ramsey said of the spirit of cooperation and support fostered by the two new mayors over the last six months.
    Andrews Cruise Night began as the Police Pals in the fall of 2007, but the organization is no longer affiliated with the police.
    Funds raised over the years have bought glasses, caps and gowns for graduation, haircuts and other items for families that could not afford them.

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