Lineup of antique cars

17th Annual Benefit Car and Trade Show on June 4 Held at Blue Ridge

A variety of antique automobiles will line the Patton Parking Lot at Blue Ridge Community College on June 4 during the 17th Annual Benefit Car and Trade Show. This event is hosted by the Great Smoky Mountains Region of Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).

Start your engines because the 17th Annual Benefit Car and Trade Show is taking place on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Henderson County Campus of Blue Ridge Community College.

Hosted by the Great Smoky Mountains Region of Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), the event is always a strong draw for regional car enthusiasts, but also draws a significant amount of families interested in seeing the unique cars featured.

There are 27 awards available for contestants this year, with categories including “Driving Young America” and “Women Driving America.”

The car show is sponsored by AACA, SkillsUSA, and Blue Ridge Community College. It is open to all makes and models of vehicles, including 2-, 3-, 4-, or 18-wheelers with door prizes. Vendors and dealers should call to reserve their car’s spot in advance.

Early car registration costs $15, while registering at the gate costs $20. The event is free to the viewing public, but concessions like BBQ, hot dogs, and drinks will be available for purchase.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Blue Ridge Automotive students in their SkillsUSA competitions, which support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.

Blue Ridge Automotive Systems Technology instructor Brian Johnson explained the importance of the car show to students as well as residents.

“This show is such a fun time for our community, and people come from all over to see this massive lineup of unique and beautiful cars,” Johnson said. “So this not only gives people the opportunity to show off their cars, but it also raises much-needed funding for our students to attend SkillsUSA competitions.”

The show’s location is in the College’s Patton Parking Lot on the Henderson County Campus.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Johnson at (828) 694-1835 or Kim LaRowe at (828) 779-2378.