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Automobile 'Olympics' roll into Lebanon | Antique Automobile Club of America's Fall Dual Meets, Annual Grand National competition, Ward Ag Center

Rufus Page shines on a 1917 Jones touring car, which is one of four owned by Bob and Ann Jones of Mt. Juliet. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

More than 800 classic cars have rolled into town this week for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Fall Dual Meets.

Automotive enthusiasts began registering for the Annual Grand National and National competitions on Wednesday, said Sue Vanatta, president and chief executive officer of the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce.

On Thursday, participants stayed busy preparing for the event at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center with a car corral, flea market, judging school and a 50th birthday celebration for the Ford Mustang inside Fiddlers Grove.

Vanatta said two buses were available following the birthday party to transport guests to the Lebanon Public Square for “Jammin’ with the General.”

The Grand National Competition was set to begin on Friday, with judging getting under way at 11 a.m. and ending with an Awards Banquet at 5 p.m. in the Pageant Pavilion, according to Coordinator Marc Humes.

Humes, who also serves as the AACA treasurer, said this is the first year that Lebanon has hosted the dual meet.

“I have been a member of the AACA for about 10 years,” said Humes, who has owned a repair shop for 30 years. “In 2009, the National Show was held at the James E. Ward Ag Center, but this is our first year to hold the Grand National and National Show.”

The National Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the pageant pavilion.

Humes told The Wilson Post on Wednesday that 806 individuals had pre-registered their cars for the shows.

There is no admission charge to the shows.

For more information, go to www.aaca.org.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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