For the past few years, I’ve traveled all over the Tri-State area going to various car shows. Everything from nationally known shows like Layd Out At The Park to smaller charity shows benefiting local animal shelters and food banks. I’ve had the privilege of hanging out with some amazing people and so many clubs that I’ve lost count. My favorite shows always hit close to home and I will do whatever it takes to make it to them. Billy Wheeler hosts some of the most laid back shows that have been my favorites since the first time I made it out to Monster Bass in 2012. There’s never a dull moment at the shows. Everything from 4-way tug-o-war to toilet paper relays to sunburn contests keep everyone entertained. As fun as the shows are, the reason I keep going back is the host, himself. Billy and his wife support the local businesses any chance they can. It’s always a family event no matter who you are, what you drive, or what club you’re in. Recently, Tint Plus held a benefit show for their long time friend, Danny Seymour, who is battling throat cancer. Words cannot express how moving it was when everything was tallied for the final amount raised. This past week, they lost a member of their car family and have gone into protect mode to take care of the final costs for the family. A funeral fund was set up at a local bank and they have set the goal at $3000. in just a few days, they’ve managed to make it halfway to their goal. The way that Billy Wheeler and his Tint Plus family have stepped up to help those around them in their time of need makes such a huge impact on the car world. Faith that there is someone looking out for you and the ones you love is a comforting thing and there’s no one better than Billy and his “family”. 

For information on how you can help with the Tint Plus Funeral Fund, you can contact the Palmetto Bank of Anderson, South Carolina or go by Tint Plus in Sandy Springs, South Carolina. They are having a car wash to raise donations for the funeral fund today (June 3rd) so if you are in the Anderson area, make sure and swing by to get your car washed or make a donation!

October 12th was your typical fall day. A chilly, foggy morning gave way to a beautiful day for a car show. The First Christian Church held their first annual Car and Bike Show in Mountain City, Georgia. There was great turn out from all makes and models ranging from classic cars to minitrucks to imports. Activities were held throughout the day starting with a cake walk and ending with an auction for some really good prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds benefited local charities including Richard’s Kids. Richard’s Kids helps underprivileged children within the county with clothing and other necessities they may be lacking in. For more information about Richard’s Kids, please contact them through 706-212-7956. Be sure to keep an eye out for more shows and events hosted by this great group of people. Until next time….

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I realize it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, my apologies. I have had my hands in so many projects, I haven’t been able to think straight. But this past Saturday I managed to slow down at least for a little bit to attend the first hosting of the Macon County Shop With A Cop car show. There were tons of beautiful cars that came out to support this amazing charity. Husband and wife teams, Hot Franklin Imports had their crew out, and the NC Stangs had quite a few of their stars out as well. A Dyno was brought out to see just how many horses these cars could rein in. It was an amazing day to say the least. Follow the link below to see pictures from the event, as well as the next link to the Shop with a Cop facebook page to see how you can help out these great people. Until next time!

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I had the opportunity at the end of April to attend the 19th annual Minitruckin Nationals in Maggie Valley, NC. The rain made it hard on those that were there, but everyone still managed to have a great weekend. The show started at 8 am Saturday morning and awards were given out Sunday afternoon. The weather cleared off enough for those who wanted, to drag the strip and show off their spark throwing abilities. MECA was also present to host a 2x point SPL and SQ competition.

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Also, be on the look out for the new issue of CookieCutter Magazine coming out at the end of this month. It will have a feature on The Gathering that was held in March!

 

This is MY Texas

Posted: April 21, 2013 in April 2013
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I want to take the time to thank everyone for the prayers, love, and support that has been shown to those in West, Texas, after their lives were forever changed by the fertilizer plant explosion Wednesday April 17th. I’ve heard stories and read articles written by people I haven’t heard from in years. The hurt I feel from being states away has hit hardest this week. Not being able to be near my family and friends, to help and comfort them when they need me the most. Seeing photos of the aftermath has brought back so many memories. The park where we would go after school to play basketball, the playground that was our “final exam” for Ag Shop my freshman year. We had to drive at least one bolt into the structure or we failed the class. That playground is no longer standing. The basketball poles are skeletons among the rubble. The middle school where my love for music was first rooted is considered a lost cause. I remember spending countless afternoons at my aunt and uncles house on Reagan street. I’m not sure if there are any of us my age who weren’t babysat at least once by My aunt Beaulah Zahirniak. She would give us the butter “ring” cookies and a cup of cherry Kool-aid as a snack. The memories of cruising down the Main Street, stopping every couple of blocks to say hey to a friend here and there have all come flooding back. I remember riding with my best friend and her dad to the fertilizer plant during the spring and early summer for him to get his load for his crops. There is so much that has been damaged and lost but if I know West, they will rebuild strong as ever. Pee Wee Zahirniak said it best, “you will never find another town like this.” This is my home and will always be no matter how many miles away I am. The blood in my veins will forever be Texan and they don’t call us the Fighting Trojans for nothing. Fight on West…

Prayers for West, Texas

Posted: April 18, 2013 in April 2013

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I’m sure by now, anyone reading this has heard the news about the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. This is my home town. I was born and raised in West, went to the school that has sustained significant damage. Played at the park that was located right behind the plant itself. My families homes have been damaged. Thoughts and prayers are needed right now for this great community. Help centers have been set up in surrounding areas. Blood donations at all local hospitals as well as some in Houston and Austin and other bigger cities. Any help whether monetary, food, clothing, or just a shoulder to cry on will be greatly welcomed. Again, please keep these people in your thoughts as they try to sift through the damage and take care of everything that has been lost.

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of taking photos of the Stephens County Relay for Life beauty pageant held at Stephens County Middle School. There were 18 beautiful little ladies that competed for the titles and many family members and friends came out to show their support for these girls and this great cause. Each contestant walked in honor of a family member whose life has been effected by cancer. If you didn’t get the chance to come out this year, make sure and put it in your calendars for next years event.

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