It looked like a bleak outcome for the "Until They Call Come Home" Car and Truck Show Feb. 26 at Quaker Steak and Lube in Clearwater.
There were only 53 cars preregistered and, with cold and cloudy weather on the horizon, turnout was in doubt.
But show organizer and sponsor Jessica Cianfrocca of Cianfrocca's Auto Detailing in Riverview pulled it off, to everyone's surprise. More than 130 cars showed up, along with vendors and a live DJ. The benefit car show raised $1,600 for Tampa military families and an addition donation of $200 came from the venue.
The event featured a mix of old-school classic cars and newer tuner cars as well as big trucks and race cars and dragsters.
A large slot-car racetrack was set up as a display and drew considerable attention. Also on display for photos and conversation were Glen Launey with his dragster, Kelsey Lay with her dragster and Todd Osting with his race car.
Another interesting vehicle making its appearance was a huge Express Wagon owned by Chuck Redding from the Downshifters of Brooklyn Car Club. It is fully registered and street legal.
Ed Cullins acted as DJ for the day.
Event photography coverage was provided by Lois Croft, and there was an impressive raffle table plus local vendors.
The show was sponsored by Cianfrocca's Auto Detailing/Tampa Jax Wax of Riverview, a business that has been active for about two years and has put on two charity events since opening.
"Our first event was to raise money to send a local student ambassador on an educational field trip during the summer of 2011," said Jessica Cianfrocca.
"For the car show, we wanted a way to give back and to include all of our newfound car family, both classic and newer-generation cars. Gathering both generations of cars at one event was a leap beyond anyone's expectations because those two crowds don't usually mix," said Cianfrocca. "But I broke that boundary. People thought I was crazy, that I couldn't do it, that it just wouldn't work. It did. I brought them all in, parked them all together, and was able to raise just under $2,000 for the organization T.A.M.P.A. Marine Families.
"In the end, it was about supporting our troops," she added. "The feedback was fantastic."
For more information on Cianfrocca's Auto Detailing LLC/Tampa Jax Wax, visit http://cianfroccadetail.com/.