Beach Blast 9 • May 18, 2003
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There is a saying that “With age comes wisdom”, but concerning how smoothly the Beach Blast 9 car show went, hosted by us here at Mike Kelly’s Cruise News on May 18th, I’d rather say “We get by with a little help from our friends”. Of course our friends include the show sponsors; All-Midwest Sales, a major parts manufacturers representative company owned by fellow enthusiast Ron Hassel, and Advance Discount Auto Parts, who has always been our door prize sponsor but this year also stepped up the ante and added increased funding. While we have learned many ways to improve the show over the years, it was again volunteers from the Vintage Vehicles of Florida that gave us a MUCH appreciated helping hand in taking care of the parking procedures up front, and Shorty Crocker at C&D Golf Carts once again supplied us with cool custom carts to help get around.

Once again the Beach Blast was limited to the first 200 vehicles, which was met through pre-registrations about a month before the show date, as usual. Though the actual show took place on Sunday, May 19th, things officially got started on Saturday in front of the Holiday Inn Cocoa Beach host hotel. Parking for the spots on the winding brick promenade was again handled on a first-come first-served basis, with vouchers given to the first 50 vehicles Saturday afternoon. Then Saturday evening from about 5:00-9:00 pm DJ Butch Johnston helped us crank up the kick-off party by spinning the tunes and making announcements. Additional lighting was brought in, and we began handing out the registration packets, which included magnetic dash plaques, one free event T-Shirt (once again featuring original artwork by Adam Icenogle), plus a participant voting form and instructions about show particulars. Everyone seemed to have a good time dancing, talking, and getting a jump on checking out all the great show vehicles. We had planned to also have a party in the Holiday Inn’s lounge for The Winston NASCAR race, but unfortunately we found out they did not receive the FX cable channel that was broadcasting it. Those who did care to see it though had to look no farther than the sports bar directly across the street. Between line dancing and being sociable as always, Jennifer Johnston also sold tickets for the Saturday evening 50/50 raffle drawing.

Sunday morning we were delighted to have more great weather greet us upon waking up. We began parking those with promenade vouchers among the lush tropical landscaping at 9:00 am, while other vehicles settled into the spaces up front. Throughout the day everyone was invited to sample all the Holiday Inn has to offer, including the big pool area with a neat “Pirate Ship” children’s section, shuffleboard, the sandbox style children’s play area, and of course direct access to Cocoa Beach. In the afternoon there was live entertainment on the covered Ocean Deck with the island sounds of a steel drum player, plus food and drinks available not only on the Ocean Deck, but also at the pool-side bar and drink vendors along the promenade. DJ Butch Johnston once again played more great 50’s and 60’s classic tunes, while his wife Jennifer again headed up the 50/50 raffle duties much to the delight of winner J.T. Reynolds of Lakeland, who went home with an extra $578 cash.

Starting at 3:00 pm the door prize drawings started on the Ocean Deck, with lots of useful items given away thanks to Discount Auto Parts. The awards presentation followed right after that at about 3:30 pm, and again we had our own special trophies. For the Top 40 we mounted slick 1:24 scale die-cast 1959 Cadillacs on a wood base, with an upright plaque featuring the event artwork. The Specialty awards featured a variety of die-cast vehicles. For the Best Paint, Best Interior and Best Of Show we mounted 1:18 scale purple 1939 Lincoln Zephyrs patterned off the full size car called “Scrape”. For the Best Engine award we went with a neat cartoonish 1:18 scale 1957 Chevy, which was painted candy red with huge rear tires and a monstrous blower poking up higher than the roof, while the Cruise News Choice award featured a 1:18 scale Cragar edition gold 1970 Chevelle.

Thanks again to All-Midwest Sales and Discount Auto Parts for sponsoring the show, and making it possible. Though All-Midwest Sales doesn’t deal with the public directly, when you buy performance products through various stores around the state odds are they helped get them to the shelves. Of course we all know Advance Discount Auto Parts has hundreds of stores throughout the state, and they have always been involved in various automotive events, so keep them in mind when it comes time to make your purchases.

While we see many old friends and familiar faces at our show each year we also see many new participants, and we’d like to send out a big “Thank You” to everyone. Watch for the announcement of next year’s show, and the beginning of pre-registration in our January, 2004 issue. We hope to see you all there next year for another fun time at the beach! CN

Top 40 Winners:

Bill & Jane Nice • 1929 Ford Model A Sedan
Carolyn Taylor • 1957 Chevy Belair
Gwen & George Grno • 1957 Chevy Convertible
Judy & Wayne Newkirk • 1940 Ford Standard Sedan
John P. Garey • 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery
Tony Gonzalez • 1965 Pontiac GTO
Tom Brown • 1948 Chevy C.O.E. Pickup
Dennis & Mary Ann Baker • 1951 GMC Panel Truck 4x4
Brian Moss • 1965 Chevy Nova
Miguel Rivera • 1954 Chevy 3100 Pickup
Art Tebo • 1930 Ford Roadster Pickup
Floyd & Ruby Miner • 1948 Chevy Step Van
Dolores Swank • 1932 Ford Roadster
John Sims • 1965 Mustang Fastback 2+2
Ray & Trish Herrington • 1971 Mustang Mach 1
Bob Simons • 1932 Ford Roadster
Ken & Carol Beckum • 1971 Mustang Convertible
Danny Holecheck • 1971 Dodge Charger R/T
Rosie & Jerry Jacques • 1924 Ford Woodie “T”
Jerry High • 1936 Ford Sedan
Bob & Eileen Daniels • 1939 Ford Tudor
Charlie Powers • 1956 Chevy 210 Sedan
Joyce Boyd • 1973 Mustang Mach 1
Steve Costianes • 1948 Chevy Pickup
Tommy & Carol Gause • 1951 Ford Victoria
Scott Leavitt • 1972 Mustang Mach 1
Don Shollenbarger • 1957 Chevy Belair
David & Pam Wade • 1939 Ford Coupe
Charles Wambold • 1981 Corvette
Bob Rodamer • 1934 Ford Hiboy
Don Cordts • 1940 Ford Delivery
Richard & Judy Allen • 1967 Ford Galaxie 500
Dan Zapico • 1951 Nash Sedan Delivery
Ralph Denuzzio • 1957 Pontiac Safari Wagon
Bill & Carole Clark • 1961 Chevy Impala
Doug Roberts • 1931 Ford Coupe
Jerry & Nancy Steinmann • 1970 Chevy El Camino
James Lindsay • 1934 Ford 5-Window
Don Greenslade • 1931 Ford Roadster
Joseph Lanzo • 1932 Ford Hiboy Coupe

Specialty Awards:

Best Paint: Bill Jaynes • 1956 Chevy Delivery

Best Engine:
Gerry Houck • 1947 Ford Cabriolet

Best Interior: Dianne Cox • 1929 Ford Hiboy

Best Under Construction: Mark & Rosanne Owens • 1931 Ford Coupe

Cruise News Choice: Duane & Barbara Collins • 1970 Plymouth Road Runner

Best Of Show: John Smith • 1955 Chevy 210 Station Wagon