Galax car show a vehicle for fun

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By Shannon Watkins

“Memories on Main” car show in downtown Galax proved quite a draw for vintage, antique and custom car enthusiasts this year. Along with the cars, entertainment was provided by local group Loose Strings, along with food, book and license plate vendors.

On hand to greet showgoers was Michigan’s Scott “Scooter” Strenzel, a car magazine journalist and author of the “Scooter’s Garage” column, who was there to give out a special award and write articles about the event and various articles on display.

Strenzel, who attends car shows in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, says Memories on Main is the only event he appears at in Virginia. “This is a nice one,” he said approvingly. “These people, they do a nice car show. There’s not a lot of junk here.”

Strenzel’s award is the “Scooter’s Favorite Youth Ride,” which he awarded not to the best car restored by a young person, but to the young entrant who he feels best embodies a love of vintage autos and the friendly spirit of the car shows.

“It’s not necessarily the nicest car. It’s the kid who’s going to spend money on a hubcap or some paint, if I can find a kid who looks like he’s doing it right, so to speak. It’s a fun thing.”

Strenzel considered six possible young people. “It’s been very hard to pick out a kid this time,” he said. “They’re all good enough kids that the ones that don’t win will take it gracefully.” The winner of the Scooter’s Favorite Youth Ride award was Dustin Young of Galax.