By Joe Reavis
Almost 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles lined Ballard Ave. and side streets Saturday in downtown Wylie for judging in the Bluegrass on Ballard custom and antique car show.
The show was coordinated by Dallas Mopar Club which reported an official count of 187 entries, just ahead of the 2014 count. Vehicles were judged in a number of categories, but six were picked for the top awards.
Claiming the Mayor’s Choice Award was a 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible owned by Ed Baker, Best of Show Car was a 1937 Ford convertible street rod owned by Don Silaff, Best of Show Truck was a 1959 FC 150 Willy’s owned by David Bartek and the Best of Show Motorcycle was a 2014 Indian Chief owned by Andrew Idalski.
Rounding out the top half dozen, the Meteor Hamburgers Choice Award went to a 1958 Dodge Custom Royal owned by Chip Holly and a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible picked up the 96-degree Winery Choice Award.
Division winners for the show were:
Pre-1950 Car—First Place, Bruce Willette, 1937 Ford Tudor; and Class Winner, Gene Hair, 1938 Pontiac Business Coupe.
1950s Car—First Place, Glenn Hargrove, 1954 Oldsmobile Super 88 convertible; and Class Winner, Michael Brizendine, 1955 Chevrolet 150.
Tri-Five (1955-57 Chevrolet)—First Place, Mark Baker, 1955 Chevrolet 210; and Class Winner, Dale Maddox, 1956 Nomad.
1960s Car—First Place, Calvin Shuler, 1966 Chevrolet II Nova; Class Winner, Robert Vaughn, 1966 Plymouth Belvedere II.
1970s Car—First Place, Jerry Fry, 1970 Plymouth GTX; Class Winner, 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle.
1980s-90s Car—First Place, Redell Davis, 1981 Pontiac Gran Prix; Class Winner, David Kniss, 1980 Chevrolet Corvette.
2000s Car—First Place, Aaron Rivera, 2014 Dodge Challenger; Class Winner, Jay Valdez, 2013 Dodge Dart.
Street Rod—First Place, Chuck and Ann Shepler, 1934 Ford Coupe; Class Winner, Brian Butler, 1935 Oldsmobile Sedan.
Classic Muscle Car—First Place, Alex Stamerjohn, 1969 Dodge Charger; Class Winner, Clint Cash, 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T.
Modern Muscle Car—First Place, Melvin Vera, 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus; Class Winner, James Garber, 2014 Dodge Challenger.
Convertible—First Place, Gale Adams, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro; Class Winner, Carrol Holley, 1962 Cadillac Eldorado.
Sports Car—First Place, Corey Johnson, 2013 Ford ST.
Import Car—First Place, Walter Martin, 1969 Jaguar XKE; Class Winner, Kyle Compton, 2013 Mazda Speed 3.
Open Car—First Place, Don Close, 1950 Buick Sedanette; Class Winner, Tom Butcher, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle.
1979 and Older Camaro—First Place, Robert Pickard, 1969 Camaro; Class Winner, Mike Waterman, 1967 Camaro.
1980 and Newer Camaro—First Place, Staci Pieper, 2013 Camaro SS; Class Winner, Lori Sanders, 2011 Camaro SS.
Corvette 1953-83—First Place, Larry Benson, 1957 Corvette convertible; Class Winner, Tom Hubbert, 1962 Corvette.
Corvette 1984-newer—First Place, Josh Forsyth, 2001 Corvette Z06; Class Winner, Bodie Smith, 2010 Corvette Gran Sport.
Mustang 1979-older—First Place, Troy Esrey, 1970 Mustang; Class Winner, Mark and Angela Brannon, 1965 Mustang Coupe.
Mopar 1989-older—First Place, Chip Holley, 1958 Dodge Custom Royal.