Classic car ride a fitting memorial for Larry Southerland

A slick array of classic cars and new Mustangs lined up at Hayford Ford the morning of Sunday, Aug. 3 for the Larry Southerland Classic Car Ride. Southerland served the county as sheriff and county commissioner — along with being a super volunteer for many causes — before he passed away earlier this year. Click on any photo to begin slideshow. Photos by Greg Hunt

 

Larry’s brother, Lee Southerland, drove Larry’s white and decked-out 2008 Shelby Mustang after he inherited Larry’s car collection to go with the collection he already owned. “Larry waited a long time for this car (the ‘08 Shelby). When they first came out, they were hot to get, but he finally got one. He didn’t drive it much since it only has 3,000 miles on it, but I’m happy to drive it for him today,” Lee said. Larry and I have done car shows together for years, and we were both diagnosed with cancer about the same time,” explained organizer Tom Prigge, pictured greeting folks arriving for the ride. “We did our first car show here at Hayford Ford last year, and everybody wanted to do something again this year to show appreciation for Larry.” The Tim and Heidi Vidor family, with son Cory and daughter Jessica, drove a new black Mustang for the Larry Southerland Classic Car Ride. Mustangs were Southerland’s favorite automobile. A 1955 Chevrolet pick-up and an old roadster were among the classic vehicles which took to the back roads for the 37-mile Larry Southerland ride. A Dodge “Super Bee” Charger was one of the classic vehicles which took to the back roads for the 37-mile Larry Southerland ride.
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Larry’s brother, Lee Southerland, drove Larry’s white and decked-out 2008 Shelby Mustang after he inherited Larry’s car collection to go with the collection he already owned. “Larry waited a long time for this car (the ‘08 Shelby). When they first came out, they were hot to get, but he finally got one. He didn’t drive it much since it only has 3,000 miles on it, but I’m happy to drive it for him today,” Lee said.