Earl Blick could not stop himself from repeatedly glancing at the 1919 Ford Model T Roadster parked on the grass of the Virginia Peanut Festival Classic Car Show.
“Can you believe that the car is 100 years old? It’s owned by father and son Billy and Steve Soles,” Blick said. “It’s mostly an original antique automobile that has called Emporia home since the late 1950s. It was owned by Charner Lifsey, Sr. for more than 50 years. This same car has participated in the Virginia Peanut Festival for more than 40 years. Many of those were as a parade entrant.”
The 100-year-old vehicle certainly was an attention grabber, but classic cars of many generations piqued the interest of all classic car enthusiasts. Fifty-three cars were on display when the show got underway at 11 a.m. Saturday.
More cars were brought in using the total closer to 70. It kept Blick and car show volunteers busy throughout the morning and afternoon.
The busy period for Blick began before Saturday. The 30-plus year Classic Car show veteran helped set up the power for the carnival and assisted in the placing of porta-johns. He also cut and bagged grass with other volunteers three times before the car show.
The rest period for Blick following Saturday’s car show will be brief. Next week he heads another Classic Car Show at The Taste of Brunswick Festival. He will be weary from a lack of rest, but it’s worth it to Blick.
“I love people, and I love cars,” he said. “You see people you haven’t seen in 10 or 20 years. It’s great just hanging out with the folks.”