"The home of hometown heroes"

Winners Return to Wheels for Meals

By Marc Lyons
Special to BSW

Gene Hanks first noticed the 1973 MGB Red Roadster he has owned for 15 years in a shed at a car show he attended in Mankato, Minnesota.  The native Minnesotan and his late wife, Judy, were attending the car show to scratch his interest in English cars.

“Over the years I’ve got to know the car really well.  I have had absolutely no interest in any other car.  I would hate to start again with another car,” said Hanks, a Kingston Springs resident.

Hanks, along with another 100 vehicle owners, are set to participate in the Third Annual Wheels for Meals Car Show at Bellevue United Methodist Church at 7501 Old Harding Pike on Saturday.  The show, which runs from 8AM-3PM, rain or shine, benefits the Bellevue Community Food Bank and other local charities.  A Spring Market featuring local vendors, a silent auction and a Lunch Cafe are a part of the event. Vehicle owners can register between 8 a.m. and noon to be eligible to win one of the Top 30 Awards and other Specialty trophies. The show, free to the public, is hosted by Bellevue United Methodist Men and produced in part by the Music City Antique Automobile Club of America.

Hanks, winner of the Wheels for Meals “Buzzie” Buzz Hussey Award at last year’s show, said he first took notice of his roadster two years earlier before he bought it for “50 cents on the dollar” of its actual value in 2002.

“I was looking to get into a new interest following the passing of my wife a few months before I bought the two-door red roadster.  When I returned to the show the car was still there but this time had a For Sale sign on it.  I decided to buy it for a good price,” said Hanks.  

Hanks said having the car around does in some ways remind him of his first love, his wife Judy.

“Sure it reminds me of her.  Judy and I both saw it at the same time.  She was not really into cars as much as I was.  But going to that car show was something we did together,” said Hanks.

Presenting sponsors include Pinnacle Bank, Publix, Fantastic Sam’s of Bellevue and Newks Eatery of Belle Meade. 

For more information about the Wheels for Meals Car Show contact the church office at 615.646.4146.