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25th Annual Classic Car Show
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Classic Car Show, taking place on North Pitt Street, and begins the day’s festivities in celebration of Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The 2017 entries for this year’s competition range in cars of all makes and ages, including models which
document the development of the automobile from its turn of the century beginnings to the classics of the recent past. To be noted is the incredible attention to detail and devotion to excellence each and every car owner provides in the upkeep of these fine vehicles, many of which only exist in but a few numbers. The Ballyshaners appreciate the dedication of these classic car owners and sincerely appreciate their support for our parade by their volunteering to be part of this event.
Up to 45 entries compete head to head to win the “Best in Show” title and the Frank Cherry Memorial Plaque. This award is named in honor of a former President of the Ballyshaners who organized our early car shows and was a member of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department. His tireless work in support of the community was so impressive that we dedicated the Best in Show Award in his honor. This award was presented last year to Mr. Leo Cummings, Jr., winning with his 1966 Pontiac 2+2 Convertible.
Once again this year, we are privileged to have Mr. Vern Parker judge the competition for Best in Show. Mr. Parker is a nationally syndicated auto columnist for Motor Matters and long-time friend of the Classic Car Show. We are honored to have such an expert on hand to judge the spectacular display of classic automobiles.
The cars are on display beginning at 9:00 a.m. with judging commencing at 10:00 a.m. At about 11:45 a.m., selected classic cars will depart the display area with their dignitary passengers and proceed to the parade start point at Alfred and King Streets to begin the Pre-Parade ceremony. Please be sure to cheer for the classic cars, their drivers, and the dignitaries that will be riding in the parade!
Vern Parker
If you have a fine automobile and you’d like to participate in next year’s show and parade, please go to our website at for additional information and a link to register. The Ballyshaners appreciate the dedication of our Classic Car Show participants and sincerely thank them for their support of our parade by volunteering to be part of this event.

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