By Sonya Campbell
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON - About 100 eye-catching cars, trucks and motorcycles will roll into town today to compete in the Belton Lions Club Car Show. But only one car and one motorcycle will leave with an award for "most likely to get a ticket."
The winner of that honor - one of 30 categories to be judged - will be selected by the police chief, according to Lions Club member Larry Montgomery.
The mayor will name his favorite as well.
Judging will begin at 11 a.m., after vehicle check-in from 8:30 to 10. Trophies will be presented at 2 p.m.
Although the competition promises to be a spirited one, the event offers much more than awards. It's a time for car enthusiasts to meet, socialize and swap stories about their rides.
One of the motorcycles expected to be at the show was built by a man in honor of his son who died in Iraq.
Another vehicle, known as The Sarge, is a 1963 Dodge that resembles an Army truck and honors U. S. troops.
Montgomery said the engine in the vehicle cost in excess of $30,000.
The truck's owner, Billy Bachmayer, is expected to have about six of his vehicles at the show.
Although Montgomery isn't eligible to compete, he still will be showing off his little treasure - his first car, a 1956 Chevy he received on his 16th birthday "with a bow around it."
Not to be outdone, his son also will have a car in the show - a 1969 Z 28 Camaro.
Other entries include Corvettes, Roush Mustangs, pickups and 4x4s.
Previously, the event took place at Don Ringler Chevrolet, between Belton and Temple.
This year, it will set up shop at the Bell County Vehicle Registration and Tax Appraisal Office in downtown Belton at 411 E. Central Ave.
"This year, we were approached by the Market Days people, and we thought it was a great idea to make it in conjunction with the downtown activities," Montgomery said.
In addition to the car show, there will be plenty of music, food and opportunities to shop.
Numerous downtown businesses will showcase their wares on the sidewalk in addition to the products offered at the Farmers' Market.
"There's something for everyone," Montgomery said.
If you go
What: Annual Belton Lions Club Car Show
Time: Check-in 8:30-10 a.m., judging at 11, awards at 2 p.m.
Where: Belton County Vehicle Registration and Tax Appraisal Office, 411 E. Central Ave. in downtown Belton.
Highlights: In conjunction with Market Days. Food, music and shopping opportunities offered.