Wanda and Alvin Shealy strolled around the Hippo-drome on Saturday, stopping to admire a gunmetal-gray, 1965 Ford Mustang.
Wanda Shealy said she and her husband became interested in attending car shows and decided to check out the Georgia-Carolina Classic Rods & Rides Charity Car, Truck and Bike Show.
More than 50 cars, trucks and bikes ranging from antique cars to 2013 Mustangs filled the grounds at the Hippodrome. The event raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project in Augusta, which connects veterans with rehabilitative resources in the area.
While the Shealys admired the ’65 Mustang, a restored 1966 Mustang was sitting in their Graniteville backyard sporting a fresh coat of red paint, just finished the day before.
It’s been a project Alvin Shealy has been working on for a long time.
“He had a Mustang back when we met,” Wanda Shealy said.
Alvin Shealy was driving a red 1966 Ford Mustang when she first laid eyes on him at the Sno-Cap Drive In in Aiken in 1969, she said.
“Now, here we are 44 years later, still got a red Mustang.”
The event included inflatables and food vendors. Live music provided a backdrop while guests strolled around taking pictures and looking under the hoods of 80’s model Camaros, a bright yellow 1967 Dodge Coronets and a 1968 Corvette, to name a few.
As a brand-new-with-tags, fiery-red Shelby Mustang roared to life, 5-year-old Anna Dingfelder squealed and stuck her fingers in her ears.
She had come out to the car show with her parents, Joy and Hank Dingfelder, of Graniteville, who thought the car show sounded like fun.
Anna said she liked the car, but when asked which car at the show was her favorite, she pointed first to the Shelby and then to the gray 1965 Ford Mustang beside it.
“Just say Mustangs,” her father said with a laugh.