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NFSCA Super Saturday at Moosehaven • April 25, 2009

story, photos and captions by John Michael

On Saturday, April 25, 2009, the North Florida Show Car Association held its popular Super Saturday Car & Truck Show Series to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The exciting news was the new location at the Majestic Moosehaven Community located just outside Jacksonville in nearby Orange Park, Florida. Mostly sunny skies, a few puffy clouds and refreshing breezes off the St. Johns River greeted the participants as they arrived throughout the morning hours to register for this event, and even though registration was from 9:00am until noon, many cars showed up way before 9:00am. The show was open to all makes, models, years and types of show vehicles, and the first 75 entries received a free NFSCA T-shirt. Over 300 vehicles were registered for the show, a new event record for NFSCA. Under the pavilion along with the registration table, the “Free Stuff” tables were also set up, once again loaded with brochures, decals, and samples of waxes and cleaners, and participants were able to help themselves to make their own goody bags. Also on display at another table under the pavilion were calendars made from pictures of past shows offered for purchase. Next to the pavilion, a tent was set up with items up for bids in the Silent Auction, and parked next in line was the NFSCA trailer, where the hot tunes of the past were being played. The Big Book sale also occurred, with tables set up offering just about every type of book available for sale, and several times throughout the day special announcements were made to give away about 150 “Thank You For Coming To The show” gifts.

After parking and detailing their rides, participants joined spectators and residents of Moosehaven checking out the rows of show vehicles, as well as visiting the sponsors’ display tents filled with car parts along with related items and services. There were even activities to keep the kids busy, with an airplane teeter totter and the giant Black Hole Slide was inflated on-site, for the little ones to climb on, tunnel through and slide down. Almost everyone took time to enjoy the view of the water, and after working up an appetite, visited the tent where Buffalo’s S.W. Café from Youngerman Circle in Orange Park set up the grille offering burgers, hot dogs, slaw dogs and twister chips, along with a refreshment tent that was also serving soft drinks, bottled water, ice cream and energy drinks.

The registration closed around noon, and the judging began, with the judges using the 100-point system and including points for presentation. Shortly after two in the afternoon, after the results of the Silent Auction were made known, everyone gathered around the pavilion area for the trophy presentation that took place under the awning of the NFSCA trailer. A picture of each winner was taken with NFSCA President Steve Peel, Elise the trophy girl and the Buffalo S.W. Café mascot, a big buffalo, while they presented the trophies. The awards were divided into two main categories, and then classed by era, with trophies for the top 1989 and newer vehicles, and the 1988 and older classics. The Specialty Awards followed, with trophies given out for the Best Interior, Best Engine, and Best Paint. Two Media Awards were also chosen, one on behalf of Shifting Gears’ Dan Scanlan and the other by Mike Kelly’s Cruise News. Two new awards were given away as well, The Moosehaven Resident’s Choice, and The Moosehaven Director’s Choice. The Fab Five awards were presented next, which were given to the five fabulous vehicles with the highest point totals, along with the Best of Show trophy, which is a piston and connecting rod from the engine of Guy Kelly’s dragster, which has reached speeds of 254 mph, making it the fastest trophy awarded in Florida. With 18 vehicles registered, The First Coast Modified Mustangs Club earned a Club Participation award along with $200, and The Clay County Cruisers received an Honorable Mention with 15 vehicles registered, and 29 different car clubs were represented. Finally, the Pink Raffle Tickets were drawn, and the three Grand Prize winners picked one of the following, a Motor Head Grill, a Be Cool Custom Fit Radiator, and a Maaco Supreme paint job, and the Blue 50/50 ticket drawing ended the event, with a payout of $689 to the winner.

The North Florida Show Car Association has been giving away the proceeds from their shows to benefit the Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and in the past three years, the total amount donated by NFSCA has been around $60,000. If you would like to join NFSCA or attend one of the Super Saturday Car & Truck shows, you can visit their web site at, E-Mail, or call 904-730-8056, and a handy number to have for day of show info is 904-424-7308 and ask for Tony. Future event information for NFSCA shows as well as other events can also be found in the Coming Attractions section of Mike Kelly’s Cruise News. CN