The weather was perfect for a day of food, music and fun as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service on Fort Hood hosted a family-friendly car show Feb. 18 at the Clear Creek Exchange.

Soldiers and their families admired more than 40 cars, from classic to modern muscle, while enjoying music and taking advantage of games and bounce houses available for the children.

“We’ve got the car show, family fun day with great events for the whole family,” said Sandra Reed, Clear Creek PX main store manager. “The majority are classic cars, although there are some newer ones. There’s a Corvette club that came out here and even a vintage firehouse truck here, which is really neat.”

Reed, an Air Force veteran, said the Exchange put on the show to give something back to the troops.

“They give so much, so we wanted to do something fun for the entire family so everyone could come out and enjoy themselves,” she said. “We’re hoping to have a lot of people come out and enjoy the great weather.”

Spc. John Collins, with 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, said he really enjoyed looking at the cars.

“I’ve been here for about two years now, and this is the first time I’ve heard of a car show on post,” he said. “I’ve been deployed, so maybe there was something in between, but this is the first time I’ve been to one. I’m liking it so far.”

Collin’s wife, Mozelle, said it was a great event.

“It’s very interesting with all the old cars, all the turbo-chargers and getting to know the vehicles,” she said. “I think it’s very good that the (PX) is trying something new.”

Both agreed that the show was likely to bring a lot of families out because it was a fresh and exciting event.

Retired Sgt. 1st Class George Arnold, of Killeen, brought his tricked-out 1997 Nissan pickup to the event.

“This is a good thing — some of the soldiers might look and see, ‘oh, I want to get one of these,’ and it’s just a great thing for them to go out and do instead of getting into trouble,” Arnold said. “The soldiers and families can just come out for some good, clean family fun.”

Arnold said he does at least 10 car shows a year, but he really enjoys going to places such as Fort Hood for an event.

“Doing stuff like this, I don’t look for trophies all the time,” he said. “This right here is a real nice event, and I’m glad Fort Hood would put something on like it.” | 254-501-7554

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