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2014 Americarna Live

It's hard to do the show justice in one photo - but this one gives
you the flavor of Americarna Live for IGNITE 2014

2014 Americarna Live

Big winner was Tony Darrel with his yellow 1954 Buick
Roadmaster Convertible - with no fewer than four awards!

2014 Americarna Live

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Living History - Ray Evernham's Americarna Show

By Trevor Bladon, Society Reporter – reprint with permission only

Saturday after Thanksgiving is becoming a tradition for thousands of car lovers in The Southeast.  As in 2013, the day dawned with near-freezing temperatures but hundreds of amazing cars showed up at or right after dawn to support the IGNITE Center in Davidson NC.   Ray Evernham hosted the show at the Ingersoll-Rand campus, along with MSC Supply and several other major sponsors.  And, as in 2013, the clouds burned off and a beautiful autumn day was enjoyed by thousands.  Collector, classic and custom cars were on display in numbers that reportedly exceeded the great first event.

Some of the celebrity cars on display included Joey Logano’s rat rod, Denny Hamlin’s 1967 Lincoln Continental, Chad Knaus’ 1972 Camaro and the 1970 LS-powered Chevelle of Ron Malec, car chief of Jimmy Johnson’s #48 Lowes Chevrolet. Lou Santiago from Velocity’s Car Fix was on hand all day, along with Denny Hamlin (driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota), Joey Logano (#22 Pennzoil/Shell Ford) and Ryan Newman (#31 Caterpillar Chevrolet).Some of the celebrity cars on display included Joey Logano’s rat rod, Denny Hamlin’s 1967 Lincoln Continental, Chad Knaus’ 1972 Camaro and the 1970 LS-powered Chevelle of Ron Malec, car chief of Jimmy Johnson’s #48 Lowes Chevrolet.

Lou Santiago from Velocity’s Car Fix was on hand all day, along with Denny Hamlin (driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota), Joey Logano (#22 Pennzoil/Shell Ford) and Ryan Newman (#31 Caterpillar Chevrolet).

The show is a non-judged event with numerous Choice Awards.  A partial list will be included below.  Thousands showed up to show their cars or enjoy the fun.  There was live music, numerous food vendors, great weather and a wonderful ambience.  Large contingents of Tri-Five Chevrolets were obvious, along with a big population of Camaros of all vintages, Mustangs and other pony cars, Mopars, trucks, rat rods, classics, drag cars and customs.

A big winner was Tony Darrel with his yellow 1954 Buick Roadmaster Convertible with no fewer than four Choice awards!  Dwayne Cantrell’s unique satin black 1947 Studebaker 2-ton pickup was Ray Evernham’s choice and it was an eye-catching ride!  Ryan Newman favored Mike Crawford’s Junior Johnson Ford racer (an AmeriCarna car).

Unique customs that caught several peoples' attention included the Zipper with a 4-cylinder engine sporting twin side-draft Webers, Dicky Engelman’s 1957 Chevy 210 converted to an El Camino, a drop dead gorgeous red 1957 Chevy 210 owned by Mike Dellinger and Tom Goodman’s 1965 Corvair convertible with a mid-engine V8 conversion!  Dozens of other impressive cars sat nearby each of these jewels.

An interesting and fun aspect of the AmeriCarna shows is that such a diverse mix of vehicles is brought to town.  A rat rod might be sitting cheek by jowl with a beautifully restored 1955 Chevy convertible with Continental kit.  Or a funny car or 1964 Thunderbolt.  And then there were Leroy Mabry’s bright red 1955 Chevrolets – a matched pair of COE truck and Nomad!

The point of this event is to support the IGNITE Center in Davidson NC.  Ray Evernham and The Evernham Family Racing for a Reason Foundation are major supporters of this venture.  This community center is for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. 

The center’s goals include training its members so they can function well in society, become employed and independent. Ray’s passion for this facility was very evident as he spoke on Saturday.  He has personally seen great advances for his son Ray J and it has been a very important change in their lives.

The goal for 2014 was to double the generous 2013 donations to the charitable cause.  As one in 58 children born in North Carolina this year has autism, the need is growing.  Hopefully this type of adult center will eventually be found across the country.

That so many people were willing to give up a significant part of their Thanksgiving weekend to take part in this event and family event was inspiring and touching . . .

To see many more photos of the Show - Click HERE

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