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A caravan of classic cars
Benefit ride keeps history alive
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Jim Mitchum, left, talks with fellow classic car enthusiasts Friday during the second annual Moonshine Run. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

Classic car lovers said they couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather Friday during the second annual Moonshine Run.


The caravan of antique automobiles traveled round-trip through the north Georgia mountains as a precursor to the Mountain Moonshine Festival.


More than 50 cars took part in the event, which raised dollars for local non-profit KARE for Kids — an organization that helps children in need.


The wheeled entourage cranked their engines at city hall Friday morning. They traveled through the heart of northeast Georgia with a first stop at Vogel State Park in Union County.


Larry Ashford drove from central Tennessee to join with other auto enthusiasts.


“It’s been really great today,” Ashford said. “Good crowd and good weather.”


Ashford also attended the inaugural event in October 2009. “I like to come and ride because this is history,” he said. “These old cars keep history alive.”


Ashford said he enjoyed meeting actor and classic car fanatic Jim Mitchum at last year’s event and was glad to see him again at this year’s Moonshine Run.


Mitchum, who is the son of 50s and 60s movie star Robert Mitchum, came back for this year’s event because he “had so much fun last year.


“I had a great time and made a lot of friends here,” said Mitchum, adding that he enjoyed the autumn colors of northeast Georgia.


“It’s a beautiful place to come, especially this time of year, the way the leaves are turning,” Mitchum said.


Rudy and Lynn Rudolph of Pittsburgh, Pa., also enjoyed the scenic drive.


“It’s been beautiful,” Rudy Rudolph said. “We’re glad we made the trip.”


Rudolph said the couple came out to the Moonshine Run for the “cars and family fun.


“It brings people back to their youth,” he said. “Cars seem to make everybody smile.”


KARE for Kids Vice President Rhonda Goodwin said the Moonshine Run was a success.


“It was great” Goodwin said. “It was a great start to the weekend’s festivities.”