Traffic jam: Kiwanis car show brings thousands of people and nearly 200 awesome autos to Marco Island

Ed  Chesney checks out a 1947 Continental. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island packed the grounds of the NCH Healthcare Center for their ninth annual Car Show on Sunday, presenting 182 gorgeous automobiles under bright blue skies. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Ed Chesney checks out a 1947 Continental. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island packed the grounds of the NCH Healthcare Center for their ninth annual Car Show on Sunday, presenting 182 gorgeous automobiles under bright blue skies. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

— The only problem at the ninth annual Kiwanis car show, held Sunday outside the NCH Healthcare Center, was knowing where to look. At every turn of the head, more vintage vehicles, and some nice new ones, demanded attention.

Thousands paid $5 to inspect the 182 cars entered in the show, everything from Grant Miller’s 1934 Packard with it’s “Goddess of Speed” hood ornament, to Bill Filbin’s 2011 Corvette Grand Sport with a mirrored underside of the hood, the better to view the engine.

City Council chairman Joe Batte showed off the 1948 Buick Roadmaster his dad bought new, while his wife Ann had her white ’69 Mustang convertible parked nearby. The bright sunshine made the lustrous finishes on the cars positively glow, while the chill in the air kept people off the beach and at the car show. They listened to “car tunes” and doo wop from DJ Steve Reynolds, and applauded performers including the high steppers of the Celtic Spirit School of Irish Dance.

Ed Chesney looked in awe at the twelve cylinder V-12 engine on a 1947 Lincoln Continental, while Chuck Walton was enraptured by a ’58 Impala. “Brings back memories,” he said. The machines on display had a host of photographers snapping away, including City Councilor Larry Magel and Dr. Ed Cohen with their wide angle lenses.

The number of cars was exceeded only by the number of people. Last year’s event brought out about 3,000, said organizer John DeRosa from the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, and this year looked just as busy.

“All the money goes to the kids for books, computers, and our scholarship fund,” he said.

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