Vintage, classic and newer cars all show up for the annual car show event. (Photo courtesy of Sandi Santos Photography.)

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 787 in Tampa will hold its 18th annual Charity Car show on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park, located at 3602 U.S. Hwy. 301 in Tampa, just 1 mile south of I-4. The park opens at 8 a.m. and registration is from 9-11 a.m.

This annual event helps to raise funds for the many veteran support programs of the VVA. Some of the programs include holiday meals and gift cards to veteran families, awards to JROTC cadets at Hillsborough County high schools, assistance for other veteran support organizations and participation in various veteran educational and support events. The opening ceremony begins at 12 Noon with the color guard presentation from Durant High School JROTC. Awards will be given at 1:30 p.m.

As with past shows, there are between 70-100 participants expected from throughout the central west coast of Florida. Awards will be presented to the top 10 vehicles from 1973 and newer, top 15 from 1972 and older, best survivor and best rat rod. And of course, best of show and best of show runner-up. Additionally, door prizes, donated by our sponsors, will be given to randomly selected participants.

This is a family-oriented show that features all types of vehicles. There will also be oldies music, a 50/50 drawing and food to enjoy. The show has always been well attended, as spectators come not just for the cars but also to view the various memorials at the Tampa Veterans Memorial Park as well as visit the Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum.

Preregistration donation is $15 until October 15, with a registration donation of $20 October 16 through the day of the show. The show is free for spectators, and there is no parking charge. For additional information or questions, contact Herman (813-777-9450), Jim (813-352-276) or Seth (813-731-6738).

Information about the programs the VVA sponsors and other VVA events can be found on the website at

Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation’s only congressionally chartered veteran’s service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA’s founding principle is: “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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