If you like Deuce Coupes, Ford Model As, Chevy 409s, Corvettes, AMXes, AC Cobras, Challengers, GTOs and anything else produced on wheels between 1930 and 1997, the Brenau Barbecue Championship Car Show is the place to be on Saturday, May 25.
In addition to seeing scores of classic cars, patrons also will be in striking distance of world-class barbecue, liquid refreshments, great regional music and a host of activities for the whole family at the 5th annual Brenau festival.
Cars have been a part of the Brenau Barbecue Championship for four of its five years, and according to festival sponsors, is a “bonus attraction” for patrons. Although there is a $5 admission charge for adults to the barbecue part, the car show will be on the university’s front lawn about a block away from the gates to the festival. So technically, the car show is free and open to the public.
“We hope people who come to the car show will stick around and go to the barbecue championship, too,” said Jim Barco, the Brenau Barbecue Championship director. “Likewise, people who go to the festival can also go to the car show. Call it a bonus attraction.”
Sponsored by Gainesville’s Old Friends Car Club, the show features scores of classic automobiles.
“We could easily see more than 100 cars this year,” said Barbecue Organizer Jim Barco. “We’re expecting great weather and a great turnout.”
The car show runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The oak-shaded front lawn in front of historic Pearce Auditorium is at the intersection of Boulevard and Washington Street on the Gainesville campus.
Although that is just a leisurely stroll, only a few hundred feet to the gate of the barbecue festival, you will know you are nearby as the sweet, smoky and spicy aromas of a top barbecue cooking festival waft around the campus.
The festival, sanctioned by both the Memphis Barbecue Network and the Georgia Barbecue Association, features 38 amateur and professional cooking teams from five states. Winners get automatic bids to the World Food Championship this fall in Las Vegas.
The $5 admission gets you in the gate. Kids 10 and under are admitted free. Once inside there will be plenty of barbecue to buy from award-winning vendors, and the contestants, once judging of their entries is complete, generally generously share samples with people who visit their booths.
“I think the car show is a perfect complement to the barbecue,” said Barco. He pointed out that the historic buildings on the campus and the tree-line streets make a great setting for the specimens on display. Last year, with another auto show occurring on the same day, the Brenau auto show attracted 66 classic cars. However, Bill Peck, president of the Old Friends Car Club said, “I’ve had so many calls this year that 2013 might be the biggest show yet.”
Registration is $20 for those who show cars. Trophies and plaques will be awarded. For more information, contact Bill Peck at 404-372-7032 or Wayne Whitmire at 770-654-7146. To learn more about the Brenau Barbecue Championship, visit brenaubbq.org and facebook.com/brenaubbq.Edit