Car show in Killeen commemorates 9-11

A group of active duty soldiers in Killeen held a car show to remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

KILLEEN - A group of veterans in Killeen are using their passion, cars, to remember 9/11.

When the Rosewood Assisted Living Facility in Killeen asked the Up Top Boys Car Club to hold a car show at the home, they said yes.

But they weren't prepared for the turnout and support the show got.

"I wasn't even expecting 30-40," Club Vice President Brian Hampton said.  "I want to say there's close to 130."

Club President Darnell Newman said, "It means everything to us.  I've served two tours overseas in Afghanistan, myself."

Car owners came from around the state.  But for those who came, it wasn't all about the show.

Although the show had cars wrapped around the building and judged them in competition, it was about more than paint jobs and engines.

"Support," Shannon Levine, owner of The Fallen Hero Tribute Car, said.  "Let everybody know.  Getting the car out there lets society know that they are not forgotten."

The Up Top Boys regularly hold fundraiser, recently holding a car wash to benefit an Ellison High School student hit by a car as she was crossing the street.

"We try to do stuff like this all the time," Hampton said.  "We try to be seen as a good car club.  We don't want to be known as just a group of people that has nice cars and just ride around the city."

So, the club gathered.  And with a hundred cars of red, white and blue around them, remembered today in their own way.

"That's probably when most of us actually started being old enough to know what the military was," Newman said.


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