A new car show is coming to town and will arrive just in time for the London Strawberry Festival. It’s called the Turnkey Nationals and is being promoted by car aficionado Bill Dyer.
Some car folks may recognize Dyer’s name from his association with the Ohio Cobra Club, of which he was president.
“I’ve stepped back from the Cobra club to do this, though I’m still a member,” Dyer said.
Dyer has structured the inaugural Turnkey Nationals, June 20-22 at the Madison County Fairgrounds, to be a more-inclusive car event. He wants a specific gamut: Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, and Race Cars including replica automobiles, Rat Rods, Roadster Model A and T, and other hand-built cars, according to the Turnkey Nationals website. That covers a broad spectrum of motor vehicles.
Dyer said the aforementioned are cars which owners give hands-on attention to to make them more their own.
As a special draw to the event, Dyer has been able to line up a special appearance by the multi-talented Peter Brock. Brock’s gift for design manifested itself in several iconic cars. They include the Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, the Cobra Daytona Coupe and Datsun race cars.
Dyer has set aside a special paddock for the aforementioned vehicles in honor of a segment of Brock’s automotive accomplishments.
Dyer said he has known Brock for a dozen years and wanted him to come to the Cobra show.
“He was always in France at the same time,” Dyer said. Brock enjoys races there.
This year however, he didn’t go, so he agreed to come to London.
Brock will speak Friday evening. Seats are $25.
The show entry for spectators is $8, for adults 13 and over. Children are free.
Early registrations have been going “as well as can be expected” for a first-time event.
For more information go the the website: www.turnkeynationals.com.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.