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Lebanons Hawkins to be honored at Granville Heritage Day

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Granville Heritage Day Antique Car Show will honor Ken Hawkins on Saturday, May 23. Hawkins is shown here in his 1941 Studebaker automobile of which there is only 12 left in the United States.

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The 11th Granville Heritage Day Antique Car Show on Saturday, May 23, will honor longtime antique car collector Ken Hawkins of Lebanon. 

Hawkins is known for his collection of unique automobiles which has now grown to a total of 18. When Hawkins was graduating from MTSU, he purchased a 1954 Chevrolet truck to help make his move to Lebanon where he had taken a position with Cumberland University. This was the beginning of his collection as he still has the 1954 truck.

He has developed a hobby of collecting odd-ball automobiles and doing most of the restoration himself. His collection consists of a 1937, 1938, 1954 and 1955 Buick, a 1947 and 1957 Packard, a 1941 and 1956 Studebaker, 1947 Hudson Pickup, 1928 International Truck, 1965 Ford Fairlane Convertible, 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible,1965 Rambler Convertible, 1935 and 1936 Chevrolet, 1941 Cadillac, 1949 Mercury and 1954 and 1957 Chevrolet pickups.

One of Hawkins’ most unique car stories is about his rare 1941 Cadillac Imperial seven passenger sedan. There were only 296 of these cars made and is the lowest production Cadillac ever made. James R. Payton of Griffin, Ga. drove this car for 56 years and it was the only car he ever owned. Hawkins purchased it from his estate and promised the family he would keep the car. This automobile is also like the Cadillac the band was riding in on the Andy Griffith Show.

Hawkins’ nickname in high school was Hawk so this is why his 1956 Golden Hawk Black Studebaker has a special meaning to him. His 1936 Chevrolet was recently used in the Billy Graham movie that was filmed in Lebanon. Part of Hawkins’ collection will be on display at the Granville Heritage Day on May 23 and he will be honored at the 3:30 p.m. awards ceremony. This will also be the second year the show will give a special trophy to the best Corvette in memory of Sue McGee of Lebanon.

The antique car show will consist of 40 classes of competition with three place trophies in each class.  Cars may be entered between 9 a.m. and noon. The show is sponsored by Classic Cars Southeast with class being sponsored by Denney Trucking, Dr. Roger McKinney, Green Hills Storage, Mid-Tennessee Office Equipment andGranville Bed & Breakfast & Gifts. For more information on the car show call (931) 653-4511.

Heritage Day will also feature a antique Tractor & Engine Show with numerous special awards. It will also honor Brandon Powell of Defeated. For more information on the tractor and engine show, call Paul Renfro (931) 653-4534.

Heritage Day will also feature Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, Ralph Maddux Memorial Motorcycle Show, Civil War Living History Re-enactment and something for all ages. For more information, visit granvillemuseum.com.

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