Classic Cars on display in Walnut Springs

Travis M. Smith -- @travis5mith
Rene Maldonado's 1934 Ford Sedan won Best of Show and Mayor's Choice, as chosen by Walnut Springs Mayor Kay Moore (pictured). Maldonado is a Cleburne resident.

The second annual Walnut Springs Open Car Show rolled into – and out of – town over the weekend, and while the field was a little smaller than last year, the quality and turnout were just as high – if not higher, according to Larry Jackson, one of the shows organizers.

Thirty-three cars entered the open show, and ranged from rat rods to textbook classics, and even a few 2015 models. The 33 cars were down from the 45 entries last year, however, “the car club from Meridian was well represented,” Jackson said. “We had a larger turnout crowd-wise than last year. Sold a lot of t-shirts, and the vendors have all reported that they did well, including the Baptist Church’s big bake sale.” The bake sale was to raise funds for an upcoming mission trip to Haiti, Jackson said.

Proceeds from the show again benefitted Gary Anderson and his Walnut Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and Anderson – the department’s fire chief, even hopped up on the stage of the Rattlesnake Ballroom with his guitar and band to entertain the crowd.

“I have always admired what those volunteer firefighters do, and I just know that they always need money for something,” Jackson said. “I have always admired anyone who does what they do, and boy, once you get Gary up there on stage, he can really play that guitar.”

The show itself ran a little differently than last year, in that it did not have professional judges like it did in its inaugural year. Instead, each entry had the opportunity to judge 10 other cars, and then turned in the assessments to be calculated.

Walnut Springs Mayor Kay Moore was on hand to award the Mayor’s Choice award, and chose Rene Maldonado of Cleburne’s 1934 Ford Sedan, complete with suicide-style doors. Maldonado’s sedan also won Best of Show, as chosen by the other competitors.

“It was a little bit different than having professional judges,” Jackson said, “but it actually got everyone out to look at all of the different cars. They all seemed to like it, and it made for a tougher competition, sort of like a process of elimination. All and all, it was a great show, and we had some nice, nice cars. I’d like to thank everyone who helped put this show together.”

Trophies were awarded to the Top-20, People's Choice, Mayor's Choice and Best of Show, and door prizes were also awarded to attendees. Randy Richardson of Glen Rose took home the People’s Choice award with his 1955 Ford T-Bird.

“It was a great show, and I am looking forward to next year,” said Jackson with a smile.