VWs On Display At
3 Different Shows
BY LISA WARREN
Scores of automobile enthusiasts were swarming Greeneville this weekend at three different events -- each of which was raising money for charitable causes.
At the Greene County Fairgrounds, there were two days filled with more than 200 VW Beetles and other Volkswagen vehicles.
Nearly 2,000 spectators attended the weekend show, including at least one couple from England, according to event organizer Joni Parker, president of the Northeast Tennessee Volkswagen Association.
This was the first year for the fundraising event, and organizers hope to repeat the car show next year.
The main goal of the VW event, entitled "Buggin' For A Cure," was to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
According to Parker, the event raised more than $10,000 for the charitable cause.
In addition to vehicles, the car show also included VW vendors, arts and crafts, food and onstage entertainment, including on Sunday afternoon a performance by the local Beatles tribute band, The Threetles.
"How about some Beatles for some Beetle fans!" quipped the band's guitarist Ron Hensley in his best John Lennon voice as the band members took the stage.
The Threetles are also comprised of Chris Tarlton on drums and Mark Eades on bass guitar.
Jerrod Newman, of Jonesborough, was among the visitors to the event on Saturday, who said he was attempting to make stops at each of the three car shows before returning home.
In addition to the Northeast Tennessee Volkswagen Association, the "Buggin' for a Cure" show was also made possible thanks to the efforts of the Tourism Department of the Greene County Partnership and the Greene County Fair Association.
Also on Saturday, two other major car shows took place in Greeneville.
HARDIN PARK CRUISE-IN
At Hardin Park, the first-ever Hardin Park Cruise-In featured at least 150 classic vehicles of a variety of makes and models and raised several thousand dollars for various area chartiable organizations.
An exact monetary amount raised will be announced later by organizers.
The event was sponsored by the Greeneville Parks and Recreation Dept., along with the Davy Crockett Antique Automobile Club of America, the Ridge Runners Car Club, and the Volunteer State Automobile Club.
BRITISH CAR SHOW
Depot Street on Saturday was filled with a British air as more than 50 British-made vehicles were on grand display.
Among the vehicles featured was a 1976 Silver Wraith Rolls Royce that was once owned by the late Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth of England.
The owner of the vehicle, Col. Jay M. Brzezandski, of Heiskell, Tenn., explained that the vehicle was used by the princess when she visited her Manhattan home in New York.
Heiskell said he purchased the car in 1990.
Among the other vehicles on display at the Depot Street show was a sizeable collection of Jaguars.
The event was sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Jaguar Club in cooperation with the City Garage Car Museum, of Greeneville.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.