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This Week's Poll



5-17-19

Car enthusiasts enjoy Cruisin on the Suwannee

1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II, owned by Graham White of Lake City at the 5th Annual Cruizin on the Suwannee Auto & Truck Show.

-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson




By Tami Stevenson


The 5th Annual Cruizin on the Suwannee Auto & Truck Show at Advent Christian Village (ACV), was held earlier this month. With the exception of the first year, this was the first time to hold the event next to beautiful Lake Aquilla with its huge Live Oak trees dotting the landscape, offering a much welcomed shade for vendors and guests. Car enthusiasts enjoyed beautiful weather as the laid-back atmosphere offered more than 40 antique cars and trucks on display. Organizers said they are glad they moved the event to spring instead of fall.


The aroma of BBQ was in the air as visitors were afforded the opportunity to savor BBQ meats and loaded baked potatoes as they browsed and admired the antique autos.


A highlight of the show was a 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II, owned by Graham White of Lake City. He bought it twelve years ago and said it was a fixer-upper. White said it was based on the Silver Ghost of 1907 with a big inline 6 cylinder engine that is 500 cubic inches. Instead of trailering it, he drove the Rolls Royce to Dowling Park for the show.


“It is a wonderful car to drive, somewhat heavy on the steering. It gets about 6 miles to the gallon of gas,” White said. He estimates there are 300,000 to 400,000 miles on this car. He added that the first Silver Ghost ever built in 1907, still owned by Rolls Royce, about 10 years ago, had half a million miles on it before it was restored. “They built them to last,” said White. The body is a sedanca deVille style. He said it meant the paid help drove the car and passengers rode in the back. The driving compartment is very primitive but the passenger compartment is very luxurious, because the owner always rode in the back. The Rolls Royce was definitely one of the focal points at the show.


Love In The Name of Christ was the charity partner this year. Instead of a monetary fee to enter the car show, entrants were asked to donate some in-kind contributions such as clothes and other assistance for those in need.


A swap meet was held for the first time as well. Shorty and Margaret Cannon, along with Jim Serrano, of Dowling Park, made out pretty well, as they were the only swap meet vendors. Customers were buying old rims and other antique paraphernalia at reasonable prices. Organizers are expecting that to grow next year.


The Suwannee High’s NJROTC were there to kick off the event, along with an a cappella group called Grace Notes, performing old favorites for visitors to appreciate.


ACV’s organizers are already looking forward to and making plans for next year’s 6th Annual Cruisin on the Suwannee Auto & Truck Show event.


More than 40 cars and trucks were on display for car enthusiasts to enjoy at the 5th Annual Cruizin on the Suwannee Auto & Truck Show. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson


The ACV shuttle was busy transporting visitors to the car show. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson



Mouthwatering smoked meats and loaded baked potatoes were all the rage.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson



L-R: Margaret Cannon, Shorty Cannon and Jim Serrano of Dowling Park set up for the swap meet at the Cruizin on the Suwannee Auto & Truck Show. Their dog, Sassy, came along to greet visitors.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson


Suwannee High’s NJROTC were there to kick off the event, along with an a cappella group called Grace Notes, performing old favorites for visitors to appreciate. -SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson


In the ACV booth: R-L - James Sutter, Pam Stahl, Laura-Kaitlyn Boatright and Brittney Hardin.
-SVT Photo by Tami Stevenson