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Dunwoody Driving Club revving up for show
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
October 10, 2012 09:02 AM | 2159 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chuck Wing, left, and car owner Bob Thayer show off a 1931 Duesenberg Roadster Model J.
Chuck Wing, left, and car owner Bob Thayer show off a 1931 Duesenberg Roadster Model J.
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Front view of the 1931 Duesenberg Roadster Model J owned by Bob Thayer.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Front view of the 1931 Duesenberg Roadster Model J owned by Bob Thayer.
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As car shows go, perhaps the Dunwoody Driving Club’s latest endeavor will have those who subscribe to the flash and substance of car culture right in their element. Billed as the group’s Friday Nite Lights’ fall event, the show is looking to reel in collectors, enthusiasts and novices alike.

Sport, vintage and unique automobiles from the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area will be on full display for all in the Camelot Jewelers/O’Brians parking lot at Mt. Vernon Road and Dunwoody Club Drive Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

“We fill up the lot,” said driving club founder Chuck Wing. “And, it’s just a very friendly, open atmosphere … very social, very casual.”

Wing founded the club last year to fill a void for local car lovers looking to congregate while showing off their prized possessions.

“I just talked to an awful lot of people — car buffs,” Wing recalled. “We [agreed] that somebody really needed to start something in Dunwoody … you’d be amazed at some of the cars you see driving around Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.”

An eclectic lineup of four-wheeled marvels has graced the asphalt stage at previous Dunwoody Driving Club showcases, including a range of classic and sporty vehicles — Duesenbergs, Lamborghinis, Corvettes and Austin-Healeys to name a few.

The club’s last outing in June brought out more [than] 100 cars and a couple hundred spectators.

“People get an opportunity to show off what they’ve acquired and talk about their experiences,” said Wing.

Owner of a 2001 Porsche and a Mercedes 500 SL, Wing knows a thing or two about that kind of thing.

He summed up his take on the allure of car shows from the participant’s perspective with the following, a favorite saying of his:

“As a young man you dream about a car. Then you drive the car. Then [later in life], you display the car … you talk about what that car meant in the history of your life.”

Friday’s car show is free, but organizers ask those interested in attending to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs Food Bank.
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