Car show season almost always kicks off with a few local events, and builds up to the larger shows in Knoxville, Nashville, etc. so it’s always nice to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the first few shows. One event that I didn’t want to miss was the Eric “Crash” Layne Memorial Car Show, which was held March 31st at the Graysville Church of God. Eric Layne was a car guy who fought a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and passed away this time last year. Eric’s stepdad, Charles Bandy played a huge part in putting this show together, and he also made a big impact on Eric’s life by having his 1972 Plymouth Barracuda restored for him and finished just in time for him to go for a ride in it. And it’s not JUST a Barracuda…it’s a Hemi ‘Cuda!
The car show brought out a great crowd, even with a threat of rain. Nearly 100 cars rolled into the show, and a great deal of money was raised for the church in the process, thanks to a big 50/50 drawing and lots of donations. Christina and I made our way to the show in the Corvette, and had a great time. We left a bit early, and headed north to Crossville for the first Bounty Race of the year. Just another Saturday for me…a car show, a good drag race and a burnout in the Corvette thrown in the middle!