WEST JEFFERSON-A piece of classic Americana was served piping hot at Ashe County High School Saturday morning as more than 30 auto aficionados gathered to flex a little muscle for the Heritage Iron Club car show.
The car show was one of several slated for the club’s busy summer rotation and featured local car enthusiasts and those who ventured a little further to escape the blistering summer heat as they tended to their 400 block engines and rebuilt interiors that now mirror their original splendor.
The previous evening’s gusty winds and flash flooding did little to deter motorists from exchanging their favorite engine swap stories and regaling one another with illicit drag racing tales when it was a little easier to burn rubber when Johnny Law was more likely to look the other way.
Lee Bell, of Hudson, said the Ashe County show was a first for him although he’s attended similar car shows “off and on” for the last 20 years.
“It’s a good show,” he remarked. “The weather is so hot back home. Y’all have cool weather here.”
Bell made the trip up the mountain to show off his ‘66 Chevy II that sported a small block engine. Once a cherry red, Bell has repainted the car to a midnight black and updated its interior.
Bell is not the only one in his family that is a motor head. His wife also tuned in for the Saturday showcase as she brought her 2010 Camaro SS out of the garage for the trip.
Joe Burgess, an Iron Club member, brought his two grandsons to the show.
“We are trying to get the younger generations involved,” said Burgess.
While most 12-year-olds sport bicycles or skateboards at such a young age, the Burgess boys roll a little different.
Kaden Burgess was spotted a short distance from his grandpa meticulously wiping down his ‘67 Chevy pick-up while his 9-year-old brother, Brodie Burgess was likely close by showing off his ‘53 Chevy as onlookers gazed on in envy.
Saturday’s show was not a first for Bill Hart, of West Jefferson, either. He attended two similar shows earlier this summer. The show held in downtown three weeks ago attracted 112 cars, he said.
Like his friends, the Burgess clan, Hart also swears by the bow tie as he proudly displayed his ‘31 Chevrolet.
“I just like to mess around with cars,” Hart said. “It’s just something to do.”
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.