Chattanooga Now Harrison Ruritan Club holds annual car show in memory of Knowles

Chattanooga Now Harrison Ruritan Club holds annual car show in memory of Knowles

May 27th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

The Harrison Ruritan Club will hold its seventh annual open car show Sunday at the Tennessee Riverpark off Amnicola Highway.

According to chairman Jim Holcomb, this year's show is being held in memory of Claude "Bud" Knowles, who lost his battle with cancer in 2010.

"Bud and his faithful wife, Barbara, were longtime members of the Ruritan Club and very instrumental in various fundraisers," Holcomb said in a news release. "Before Bud's death, he was honored as the recipient of the Tom Downing Fellow award, the highest honor in Ruritan."

Registration for the show is from 8 a.m. to noon, and a church service will take place at 11 a.m. The service will feature the Rev. Billy Denham, whom Holcomb describes as "a gifted musician and Chattanooga's answer to Chet Atkins."

Judging begins at noon, and trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. More than 150 show vehicles are expected, including antiques, classics, motorcycles and even racing lawnmowers, Holcomb said. There will be special classes for Corvettes and Mustangs, and possibly for Volkswagens, as well as three classes for motorcycles.

Registration is $25, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the club's general fund for community projects.

The first 150 registrants will receive a goodie bag. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day, and a 50/50 drawing will be held. The event also will feature live and recorded music, numerous vendors displaying their crafts and services, and food and drink concessions.

There is no admission charge for spectators. For more information, call 413-6140.