Young competitors to display Tin Lizzie at Wings and Wheels car show

awoolen@macon.comOctober 10, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- Amanda and Emma Ringe weren’t alive when the first Wings and Wheels Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show was held.

That hasn’t stopped the youngsters from attending from as far back as they can remember.

As the show marks its 20th year, the two sisters will have their own car in the show.

Amanda, 7, and Emma, 10, students at Lake Joy Primary and Lake Joy Elementary schools respectively, will show their one-quarter scale Ford Model T, or Tin Lizzie, at Wings and Wheels, held Saturday at the Museum of Aviation from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bob Dubiel, director of marketing for the museum, said he believes they are the youngest competitors to sign up for the show.

The girls’ father, Gerry Ringe, has built cars with his dad for as long as he can remember. He said his daughters were the ones who put most of the work into fixing the car they dubbed “blue lightning.”

“It wasn’t going back together unless they came over and did it,” he said of the project, which started in February.

The car is painted blue with gold seats. The girls picked the blue to represent their schools.

There is an emblem with a blue-jeweled airplane on the front just for the Wings and Wheels show. The girls also have a chrome lion they can change out if Lake Joy ever wants to use the car as a mascot.

At a car show a few weeks back at Moe’s Southwest Grill, the girls won second place while their father and grandfather’s Jeepster didn’t place.

“It’s cool,” Emma said she would tell people to get a vote for her car. “It’s little, and I can drive it,” she added.

The hardest part was the painting, for both of the girls.

“When we were using the sand blaster, it would get jiggly,” Emma said.

Amanda said it was hard for her to use the spray gun because her finger wasn’t strong enough to push down the trigger.

Ringe said his daughters did most of the painting themselves. He only helped touch up a few spots.

“This was the first major time they’ve been interested,” he said.

The show has grown over the years, and Dubiel expects this year to be no different. He said the biggest challenge is finding room for all of the cars to be judged.

Last year, close to 300 cars entered. He expects the same amount this year as long as the weather is good.

High point trophies are given out to each class as well as other trophies for best interior, exterior and other features.

Again this year, there will be a kiddie corral for racing battery-powered cars, a silent auction and a trackless train.

“The show is about as good as we can make it,” Dubiel said.

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