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31st Spring Fling Car Show attracts thousands

LEONARDTOWN, MD- An estimated 3,000 spectators afflicted with a passion for classic cars attended the 31st Spring Fling Car Show in Leonardtown on April 24, according to John Vannatta, Saint Mary’s Rod & Classic Car Club vice president.

A portion of event proceeds will be going to the Hospice of St. Mary’s and other local nonprofit organizations. The total tally of event proceeds has yet to be calculated, said Vannatta.

“We’ll have our meeting on Monday night to finalize those numbers, but my estimate is around $6,000 from the event,” said Vannatta.

Over 360 cars were registered for the event, said Vannatta.

"We had cars like the Model Ts from the 1920s to hot rods to a custom Munsters ride with a coffin on the back,” said Vannatta. "The first 250 cars, trucks or motorcycles registered for the event got dash plaques, and the first 25 received event tee shirts."

A Mexico Cruise was raffled off at the auto show, and a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle with various donations was also hosted. Line Dancing and a Kid’s Tractor Pull were also available to event patrons, said Vannatta.

Trophies were distributed to the Top 60 vehicles, another 10 specialty awards were given out, said Vannatta. 

The club, while passionate about cars, also tries to support the community by hosting events like the Spring Fling Car Show and other events, said Vannatta. 

“We’re always looking for members. You don’t have to have a vintage car to join the club,” said Vannatta.

About the car club:

Business Meetings are the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Leonardtown Commissioners Conference Room, 41660 Court House Drive.

Based in Leonardtown MD, the St. Marys Rod & Classic Car Club was founded in 1985 when a small group of classic car owners decided to formalize and organize their common interests, including hot-rods, classic and antique cars.

SMRC currently comprises over 40 members. In addition to having fun with cars, the club's purpose has evolved to include the support of several local charities and community organizations. These activities contribute to a camaraderie that enriches the lives of those we serve.

SMRC hosts a variety of events such as the Summer Picnic, a Christmas Party, a Veteran's Day Parade and Hospice Ride and other auto-related events. Every year the club hosts the Spring Fling Car Show that attracts in excess of 300 participants from the entire region.

Wednesday evenings from March through October, the club meets with like-minded "car nuts" from the surrounding area. Friendships and unique vehicles are some of many things the club enjoys.

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