The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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July 15, 2014

Congo Truck Club holds annual show; winners named


About 45 classic trucks, cars, sports cars, street rods and motorcycles were on display in the Congo Truck Club’s 12th annual Truck, Car & Bike Show held Saturday in Palestine.

Steve “Too Tall” Coston's entry stole the show with his 1948 Chevrolet truck, winning Best of Show. Coston also won a trophy for the “Farthest Traveler,” coming from Texarkana, and a first-place trophy for the truck class.

“His red truck was a knock-out from head to toe,” Congo Truck Club Vice President Garland Wilson said.

Cars of Palestine member Jim Wells won Best Interior for his 1967 Galaxie 500 Ford, as well as winning Best of Lady's Choice for the same vehicle.

John Battle of Jacksonville won Best Paint for his 1956 Chevrolet truck.

“That paint job looked like it came out of a showroom floor,” Wilson said.

Custom Truckers member Mike Wallace of Tyler won Best Engine for his 1955 Chevrolet truck.

Prizes also were given for first- through third-place in each class.

“It was a great show. I heard people say that it was one of the better car shows that they've been to for a while, even though it was hot and that there was so many choices, they didn't know who to vote for,” Wilson said. “The crowd really seemed to enjoy it and we enjoy being around others who enjoy fixing up their cars and trucks.”

The show is held annually in July on the Ben E. Keith parking lot in Palestine.

“We let the public judge the different classes,” Wilson said. “It's fun for the whole family — even the kids enjoy looking at the cars.”

The Congo Truck Club was organized in 1995 as a non-profit organization by Lawrence Reed and Wilson. Since its inception, the club has striven to nourish the spirit of the community by supporting and donating to several charities. The club also participates in local parades and events.

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