Jack White spent most of his years anonymously driving a tractor-trailer, but now he's attracting attention after claiming Best of Show honors for his 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air during the Food Lion AutoFair Awards Ceremony Sunday at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.

White's red '57 Chevy sports coupe was judged best-of-the-best among more than 1,800 show cars present during the four-day automotive extravaganza. The 61-year-old retired truck driver bought the car 14 years ago, and after meticulous paint and body work, began showing the car in April.

"I took off every body part and sanded it down to the metal before repainting the car in 1993," stated White. "It stayed in my basement for nine years, but since I began showing it, I've won six awards at six shows. This Best of Show award means everything. It's the highest award I could win, so it means a lot."

White also picked up the Lion Cup Award for Best Paint as chosen by Food Lion District Manager Mark Miller.

Bill and Judy Vickers of Mt. Holly, N.C., scored a hat trick with their 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible; collecting three honors including the Mecklenburg Strelitz Award (Ladies¿ Choice), Bob Laidlein Award (Most Original) and Best of Show Award from the '55, '56 & '57 Chevy Classic Club.

Other special award winners included Jeff Giese of Lawrenceville, Ga., who drove away in his blue and silver 1998 Honda Civic with the Cabarrus Cup (Most Creative) and Gerald Tate of Kings Mountain, N.C., who collected the Concord Concours Award (Best Restoration by Owner) for his 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass F85 convertible.

Car enthusiasts from across the United States will again converge on Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 24-26 for the GoodGuys Southeastern Nationals. Information may be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS.