DEMING – For the past 23 years, the Smok’n Oldies Classic Car Club has held its âShow and Shineâ auto show at Luna County Courthouse Park. In the early years, club members parked 10 or 12 classic vehicles for exhibition and club membership and participation increased.
âThe family of one of the founding members, the late Lupe Acosta, had his classic red truck on our show on Saturday,â said Smok’n Oldies secretary / treasurer Dorinda Holly.
This year’s show drew 80 admissions – down from the number of shows of 128 in 2019. “That’s not bad considering the COVID pandemic,” Holly told Headlight. The club skipped the show in 2020 and club members were surprised by Saturday’s attendance.
For several years now, the club has provided a venue for the Deming High School Wildcat Marching Band to hold their annual fundraiser in conjunction with the Show and Shine auto show. This year the group has grilled burgers and hot links with all the trimmings.
âWe are a non-profit and we help the community by giving back,â said Holly. “We offer a scholarship each year to a Deming High School graduate who wishes to take up a professional career and we help other organizations in the city and families in need.”
The club handed out over 40 awards in 16 different classes during the show. âOur judges come from the community,â said Holly. “They are not club members.”
Special prizes were awarded for the best open wheel rod, the best truck, the best car and the longest road trip.
âWe saw a lot of new cars coming in this year. We had car owners from Silver City, Las Cruces and El Paso. Local car owners also came in force,â said Holly.
The DHS comrades were busy in the park pavilion serving plates of burgers in an orderly fashion. It is estimated that over 600 plates were served.
Four major sponsors helped bring the Smok’n Oldies Classic Car Show back on Saturday. They are Deming Realty, Divine Smile Dentistry, Sun Valley Hardware and Griffin’s Propane.
âWe also had tremendous support from our local auto parts stores, Sisbarro, restaurants and small businesses who provided gifts and donations,â added Holly.
The club tentatively plans to bring back its annual show and shine event in April 2022.
Bill Armendariz can be reached at 575-546-2611 (leave a message) or [email protected]