MAITLAND, Mo. — Hot July weather couldn’t keep the hot wheels off the pavement in downtown Maitland Saturday during the third annual Mayhem in Maitland car, truck and motorcycle show hosted by the Knuckle Draggerz vintage and custom motors club.
Dozens of collector vehicles lined the street and a nearby basketball court during the event, which also featured food vendors, live music and lots of much needed ice-cold lemonade as temperatures soared well into the 90s.
In past years the event, which according to organizer Jodie Downs typically raises about $3,000, has funded new playground equipment for the city park.
This year, money raised from registration fees and donations will purchase play and learning items for the local Head Start program as well as the local adopt-a-family Christmastime initiative.
Thanks to the show, Maitland Head Start, which serves about 15 children ages 3-5, will acquire an outdoor water table play structure, complete with bowls, utensils, measuring cups and other accessories.
Featured at the year’s show was a “Remembering the Fallen” 2013 Dodge Charger owned by Joe and Theresa Giudice of Blue Springs.
Joe Giudice, a former employee of the New York City Board of Elections, narrowly escaped being inside the twin towers of the World Trade Center when the towers were attacked and destroyed by terrorists flying a pair of hijacked jetliners on Sept. 9, 2001.
Giudice said he was inside one of the towers minutes before the first jetliner struck and was in his car crossing a bridge on his way back to Staten Island when the attack occurred.
He and his wife have since moved to Missouri.
Also on hand for the show was Loren Underwood, Lawrence Kansas, who was there to display his candy apple red 2003 Wrangler Sport Jeep named Child’s Play. Another crowd favorite was Tim Carroll’s 1937 Ford pickup truck hotrod, dubbed the Moonshiner.
Car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the Maryville region attended the show, walking along twin rows of collector and custom vehicles while munching on sandwiches and listening to classic rock hits like Bad Company’s Shooting Star and Heard it in a Love Song by Marshall Tucker.
Downs said he got the idea for the show after moving to Maitland and noticing the park’s aging playground equipment.
“I wanted a place for my grandson to play,” he said, “and then I thought, ‘why don’t we just put on a car show,’ and so far it’s done pretty good.”