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Millsboro Annual Car, Truck and Improt Show

Classic cars, custom, vintage, rat rods, trucks and military vehicles were out on a beautiful day to celebrate Memorial Day weekend 2014.
Classic cars, custom, vintage, rat rods, trucks and military vehicles were out on a beautiful day to celebrate Memorial Day weekend 2014.David L Jennings

The Ocean City Cruzers hosted their annual "Car, Truck & Import Show" at the Millsboro Lanes Bowling Center in Millsboro, Delaware during the Memorial Day weekend. Locals and visitors from surrounding states enjoyed a variety of colorful custom, classic, vintage, foreign cars and trucks on display. Activities included an auction, games, crafts and a swap meet with the expected carburetors, manifolds, wheels and tires for sale or trade. The quality of the cars was exceptional, with nearly one-hundred cars, trucks, rat rods and military vehicles.

Appropriately, for the Memorial Day weekend, Jim Jones had his Vietnam tribute car, a 1990 Corvette coupe, on display along with a list of facts about the Vietnam war. The white car with two black stripes down the hood were painted to resemble the names engraved on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

For those who enjoy a good Rat Rod this show had some great examples. "Some people just don't understand what a rat rod is," one owner stated as she recounted how some guests were asking what color she was going to paint her rat rod truck. Her truck aptly named "Rusterations" was mostly the patina of rust and faded paint. Rat Rods have been called jalopy hot rods and identified as exaggerations of hot rods from the 1950's. They are usually built from parts form old cars, and made to look like they were pieced together in someone's garage or backyard. They are rarely painted. Most Rat Rods have the engine compartment open with the headers showing. Two other excellent examples of what a Rat Rod is were also on display: "Stoecky's Garage" Rat Rod and "Hillbilly Hauler."

Also on display, along with the muscle cars and customs, was a nicely restored 1954 Ford Skyliner glass top with a continental package. The paint and graphics on many of the cars were the best seen by this writer this year. Mark your calendars for next year's Ocean City Cruzers show in Millsboro, Delaware.