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Knights of Columbus hosts car show and cookout

February 28, 2018
STORY AND PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY KENNETH PLATT , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Knights of Columbus hosted what they are planning to become an annual Car Show and Cookout Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Church of the Ascension. Veterans and first responders were quests of the Knights and ate free. The show cars were terrific. They ranged in years from a 1933 Willys to a 2016 Chevy Camaro. All looked like they just came off the floor of the new car showroom and horsepower ranged up to 700 HP. Trophies were awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place cars based on voting ballots from those attending.

First place was won by a 1933 Willys full race street hot rod complete with a parachute for stopping at the end of a quarter mile race and owned by the same couple for the past 42 years, Leon and Sharon Styborski. Leon built the car including the engine which is a supercharged, electronic fuel injected Hemi V8. Leon's wife, Sharon, showed her unique 2005 Ford Mustang. Second place was won by a 1955 Studebaker Customized Truck owned by Johnny Long.

Third place was won by a 1969 Chevy Camaro, the 1969 Indy 500 Pace Car, owned by Terry Marries.

Article Photos

Bill Paolercio, the Knights Car Show Event Coordinator, center, congratulates first place winner Leon Styborski, left, and second-place winner Johnny Long, right.

A 2010 BMW 5281 owned by Dave Finch had custom stripping all done completely and tediously by hand taking over a year to complete, no vinyl wrap used. Oran Kinker showed his 1964 Corvette Sting Ray which he is the original owner.

The most exotic car was a 2015 BMW i8 owned by Frank Sorochen with doors that pivoted upward as they are opened. A very well maintained 1991 TC Maserati Convertible was shown by Jim Lane.



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