Social Lites - April Sound

As the Social Committee of the April Sound Country Club prepared for the third Annual Car Show, which was held Oct. 17 on Reserve F property, Show Chairman, Tom Cunningham, said he would be thrilled if there were 100 cars for the April Sound Show and Shine. Well, Tom was extra thrilled, because we had 107 show cars ranging from a 1929 Ford Model A in pristine condition to a 2015 Corvette. As the cars started entering Reserve F, committee members hoped that all those who had expressed interest would arrive. And, arrive they did! Along with them came the supporting members of the Texas Team Foundation, which was the chosen recipient of all proceeds of the day.

The Foundation’s founding members have served as active SEALS, in Texas Fire Service, Law Enforcement or both. It was founded by a group including Richard “Mack” Machowicz, to help families of First Responders, Navy Seals, and Naval Special Warfare members. Their mission is to provide critical support to those brothers and sisters who are dealing with personal crisis, impacted by natural disasters, or participating in morale and heritage programs. The selected recipient of the day was 26-year Senior Mounted Police Officer Robert Bart Catlett, who is suffering from Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.

As the afternoon progressed, Mike Bilansky provided music and DJ services for the day, while the crowd walked through the vast array of cars on Reserve F, and judging of the cars was ongoing. At the end, 16 prizes were awarded: Best Hot Rod/Muscle Car - 2006 Ford GT, owner Ted Lewis; Best Classic Car - 1929 Ford Model A - owner, Don Endebrock; Best Corvette - (2015) owner Carla Comer; Best Mustang - (1966) owner, Sonny Cook; Best Camaro - (1969) owner Doug Gehring; Best Import Car - 1974 Pantera GT DeTomaso - owner, Bob Bucher; Best/ Most Original Car - 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass - owner Tony Marcrum; Best Classic Truck - 1958 Chevrolet Apache - Sonny Bennett; Most Unique Vehicle - 1964 Amphibious Car - owner JB Edestein; Best 4x4 truck 1970 Chevrolet Suburban - owner Robert Smith; Best Custom Motorcycle - 2000 Honda Goldwing - owner Dwayne Comer; Best Paint - blue 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle - owner Ron Malinowski; Best Interior - red custom 1935 Chevrolet Coupe - owner Clyde Shearer; Best of Show - red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air - Michael Brown; Mandy’s Choice - Custom 1932 Ford Coupe - owner Jerry Powers. (Mandy is one of the original founders of the Texas Team Foundation, and wife of Mack Machowicz who died of brain cancer.) All winners received beautiful plaques provided by Car Show Chairman Tom Cunningham.

There was a very meaningful ceremony near the end of the day when Mandy Machowicz presented cancer patient Robert Catlett a check for $2,500, the proceeds from the entry fees for the day. The winner of the 50/50 drawing went home with $555. All in all, the 2020 April Sound Car Show was a complete and rousing success and the Social Committee thanks those who brought cars from all over the greater Houston area and those who came to appreciate.