Collectors Wow Crowd at Classic Car Show

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Hundreds of people and hundreds of classic cars from all over made their way to Northwest Arkansas for the first ever Bikes, Blues & BBQ Classic Car Show Saturday.

Waxed, shined and revving their engines, the car collectors were not only looking to wow the audience but they were also here for a chance to win some hardware.

Trophies for over 20 different categories are presented including titles for best engine, paint, upholstery, and undercarriage.

Morris Dillow won best in show Saturday with his 1911 Ford Model T Coupe.

Another collector, David Whittlesey, lost his older brother 20 years ago.

Whittlesey brought his 1967 Shelby GT 500 to the show from Bella Vista, in honor of his late brother.

"I grew up around him and his passion and love of Mustangs,” said Whittlesey. “He had a '68 Shelby and '66 Shelby, so I kind of split the difference with a '67, which is also the year I was born."

A hobby, a passion, and a way to relive his childhood, Dan Griffin, of Fayetteville, brought his car named ‘Wasted Childhood’ out to the car show Friday and Saturday.

"It means everything to me,” Griffin said. “I mean it's my toy. It brings back my good old memories."

Some see Griffin’s 1950 Oldsmobile 88 as a classic car; but to Griffin, it means so much more.

"From 14-22 were the best years of my life and that fits the period of this car, so I'm reliving my wasted childhood," said Griffin.

Each participant paid a $25 registration fee. All of the money raised will benefit the Northwest Arkansas Circle of Life Hospice.

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