The fifth annual Don Sitts benefit car show in conjunction with the MAPS Museum was held June 14 under sunny skies with a cool breeze. Hundreds of vintage cars joined the various military aircraft on display on the MAPS parking ramp.

The fifth annual Don Sitts benefit car show in conjunction with the MAPS Museum was held June 14 under sunny skies with a cool breeze. Hundreds of vintage cars joined the various military aircraft on display on the MAPS parking ramp.

Spectators wandered about, taking photos and reminiscing about the bygone era the old cars represented. Participants could have their car photographed with the museum’s Chance Vought A7E Corsair II in front of the MAPS hanger. There were also food vendors, classic music, dash board plaques for the first 200 hundred cars, filming for Handy Randy’s TV show and photo shoots for an upcoming edition of Cruise Time Magazine.

“This show is fun for all ages,” said Steve Davidson. “I saw a lot of people who were in the service who were looking at the aircraft."

Steve’s wife Brenda Davidson couldn’t help but overhear “lots of stories being handed down from grandparents to grandsons as they walked around.”

Cars on display represented several eras. There were old and new Corvettes, Mustangs, Chevys, Cadillacs, Corvairs, midget racers, motorcycles, a few military vehicles and even the tow truck “Mater” from the movie “Cars.” The selection of vehicles was impressive and guests were able to chat with the cars’ owners in addition to taking photos.

“There were a lot of very nice cars here,” said MAPS board member Wayne Noall. “I met a lot of nice people today and the show gave us lots of exposure to people who hadn’t been here before."

Bob Schwartz, another board member, was pleased with the turnout.

“The weather was just beautiful,” Schwartz said, “and everyone seemed to get excited about the museum and reminisced about all the old cars.”

MAPS Museum Director Kim Kovesci agreed.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” Kovesci siad. “People really enjoyed themselves. The cars were beautiful and there were lots of smiles on peoples faces. The rides in the Stearman biplane also went very well.”

Don Gillette brought his restored ‘57 Chevy to the event.

“I just love coming here,” Gillette said. “This is the third show I have been to here. The cars are top-notch and the old planes are a plus.”

Dave Little towed his 1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer with a Ford Flathead V8-60 behind his 1966 El Camino.

“I am a member of MAPS and love coming here,” Little said. “This is the first time I have come to the car show with an entry.”

Sharon Lawrence showed off a recently restored ‘56 Chevy that she and her husband worked on together.

The gas cap is in the left tail fin,” Lawrence said. “You have to twist this lever on the top to lower the light (and) gain access to the gas tank."

Diane Morrison of “Sassy Dogs” hot dogs thought the day offered planty of fun for everyone who attended.

“It was just awesome. I loved this car show,” Morrison said. “It is the best one we do. And I just love the people here."