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Classic car show benefits local nonprofit

By Brittany Anderson

BUDA — A Buda-based nonprofit organization aimed at empowering adults with developmental disabilities through education, inclusion and social experiences mixed community and fun this past weekend with a car show. 

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Charlotte Sears with her 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe, aka Bad GG. Sears took home a top 20 spot, plus Hottest Car.

Buda’s Brightside hosted a classic car show fundraiser at Hemphill Elementary School in Kyle on Sept. 24, with dozens of cars participating to benefit the organization. 

The 50/50 raffle also garnered $145, in which the winner could receive half of the raffle money ($72) and split the other half with Buda’s Brightside, or donate the full amount back to the organization instead — which they did. 

Kyle VFW provided food and drinks throughout the show, and market vendors also set up shop. Following the event, a free afterparty was held next door at Unchartered Adventures, featuring a car smash and ATM smash. 

Craig Shoemaker, Kenneth Johns and David Duarte served as car judges, and members of Buda’s Brightside handed out trophies to winners. 

Kyle Mayor Travis Mitchell also presented an award for Mayor’s Choice, Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett presented an award for Most Likely to Get a Ticket, and Buda’s Brightside members selected a Friends Choice award. Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckaby was not present during the ceremony, but chose a Hottest Car award.

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Paul Castillo’s 1959 Chevrolet Impala, which garnered a top 20 spot and Buda’s Brightside’s Friends Choice award.

In no particular order, the top 20 classic car winners were:

• Charlotte Sears (and Hottest Car)
• Bob Kallstrom
• Charlie Cade
• David Saucedo
• Donald Burkland
• Emoy Saucedo
• Paul Castillo (and Friends Choice)
• Bruce Moulton
• Brian Cartney
• John Soto Jr.
• Happy Shoemaker
• Filiberto Valencia
• Gus Leal
• Harold Sheely
• Rick Sullivan (and Mayor’s Choice)
• Steve Cokins
• Jack Max (and Most Likely to Get a Ticket)
• Lovar
• Bernie Tobia
• Joe Loya

For more information on Buda’s Brightside’s mission and upcoming events to help support them, visit 


About Author

Brittany Anderson graduated from Texas State University in August 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She previously worked at KTSW 89.9, Texas State University's radio station, for nearly two years in the web content department as a writer and assistant manager. She has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch since July 2021.

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