The third annual San Jose Car & Truck Show, held last May 5 at Dupont Station shopping center, raised $4,180 for the Bishop John J. Snyder Community Center at San Jose Apartments on Galicia Road.
The weather and quality of cars and trucks were both outstanding as 38 vehicles from various eras competed for awards in six classes.
WJXT Channel 4 meteorologist Richard Nunn, a car enthusiast, joined Larry Weisman and Mike Ferran as show judges. Weisman is head judge for the Ponte Vedra Auto Show; Ferran also serves as a judge for the annual fall show at Nocatee.
Here are the judges’ first-place winners for the six classes:
• Best Classic American (pre-1970): Fred Phelps’ 1963 Corvette convertible.
• Best Classic Foreign (pre-1970): Bill Byrd’s 1966 Sunbeam Tiger MK-IA.
• Best Modern Era Car: Michael Fargnoli Jr.’s 2017 Corvette Grand Sport convertible.
• Best Truck: Chris Ditrich’s 1946 Chevy COE (cab over engine) tow truck.
• Krispy Kreme People’s Choice Award: Chris and Jane Lang’s 1968 Chevrolet Camaro convertible.
• Best of Show: Tim Collins’ 1971 Buick Riviera.
The show was sponsored for the third straight year by Key Buick GMC Hyundai Genesis and joined this year by North Florida Lincoln. The five lines are part of the Lynch Automotive Group on Southside Blvd. and Gate Parkway. Visitors were able to check out and test drive new models from all five lines brought to the show, including the all-new Hyundai Kona compact crossover and redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV.
The money generated by entry fees, sponsorships and generous donations will help fund activities at the community center. Those events are coordinated by the San Jose Apartments board of directors and Family Housing Management Company, Inc. The Diocese of St. Augustine formed the company to manage low-income, HUD-subsidized facilities for seniors.
“This fundraiser gives the residents and staff hope. It tells them that when the most vulnerable — our seniors — are without or in need, the community will rally and support them,″ said Alma Ballard, executive director/management agent of Family Housing Management Company.
The San Jose Car & Truck Show has raised $9,500 in the three years it has taken place.
In addition to Key, other returning sponsors were Dick Erickson and Sun Tire; Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Mandarin; and Pepe’s Hacienda and Restaurant at Dupont Station.