Knights of Columbus hosts annual fall car show
From the moment Vickie Reynolds saw her mother’s 1973 AMC AMX, she knew she was destined to showcase vehicles at car shows.
She was just 14 years old at the time living in Aiken. The car was purchased in Atlanta by her mother after her uncle found it, not for any car show, but because Reynolds’ mom wanted a special kind of hot rod.
Reynolds said the car is prestigious.
“It’s one of 12 cars and I’ve got it,” Reynolds said. “It needs a paint job, but we are working on that. As soon as the paint job is done I’m bringing it to shows. …My stepfather bought all kinds of Hudsons, and we went to car shows.”
Fast forward 45 years, and the Aiken resident – and the president of Aiken Horsepower Association – still has the passion to roll out her car of choice to car shows. This year she – along with her husband Manny Reynolds – brought a white 1999 Chevrolet Camaro to the Knights of Columbus eighth Annual Fall Car Show, which earned her a Top 40 Knights of Columbus Fall Car Show 2018 award.
The annual car show took place adjacent to St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, and featured 26 cars. The oldest car was a 1933 Ford Coupe, while the newest cars were a 2018 Tesla and a 2018 Mustang. Knights of Columbus member John R. Shea of the Aiken chapter and his wife Cindy, who is a member of Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, organized the event.
“For seven years the money went to helping build a new church (St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church) and this year the money went to a veterans outreach program which we (Knights of Columbus) have been running for over 12 years,” John said. “We got a group of people once a month that go to Charlie Norwood (VA Medical Center) and they bring coats and goodies and hang out with the vets for three or four hours…”
Hundreds of people, including those in the car show and spectators, attended the Saturday show, though organizers said the number was lower than normal due to the wintry, rainy weather. Usually, John said, there are more than a thousand people attending.
Reynolds showed off her car until the very end despite the inclement weather. She started competing in car shows around 2005, and has won close to 20 trophies since then.
To prepare for this year’s event, she said it took hard work and preparation.
“You have to clean it, you have to vacuum it and you have to clean the engine,” Reynolds said after the car show. “You have to clean the trunk because a lot of car shows want to see all of it…”
Reynolds, who is a senior planner at Aiken County Planning and Development, said she will travel to more car shows after retirement.
This year’s Best of Show winners were Stephen Graff, 2018 Tesla Model 3; Pete Pavusek, 2005 Chevy Silverado; Ivan Trinidad, 1967 Chevy Nova; Jimmy Deer, 1971 Lamborghini; and Donald Martin, 1970 Mercury Montego.