A blazing-orange customized 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air was proclaimed best of show at the annual AutoFair, a sweeping celebration of classic cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
Owned by Jerry Horine of Louisville, Ky., the two-door sedan bested competitors from 48 car clubs that vied for awards during the four-day show, which was hosted by OldRide.com.
Horine, 72, said this was the first car-show appearance for his resto-mod Chevy, which he bought about a year ago. His family in North Carolina convinced him to enter the car in AutoFest, he added.
“We’re one for one,” said Horine of the victory, which earned him a silver cup trophy. “And we plan to continue to do more.”
First runner-up went to Eddie Sells, of Apex, N.C., for his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. Second runner-up went to John Jancic, from Cleveland, N.C., for his 1970 Plymouth Road Runner.
The fall edition of AutoFair takes place Sept. 18-21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.