This year marks the final year of a sixteen year tradition in Brighton, Illinois. Though it's hard to see it go, there are benefits. A big show will get even bigger and better. The Brighton Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show on May 18, 2014 will be the final show. In its sixteen year run its total participation has been about five and a half thousand cars. Over the years it has been the first of a series of a dozen or more shows throughout the year that are the Best of the Best qualifying shows. Finally, in October, the Best of the Best Show described as "The Cadillac of Car Shows" takes place on the same grounds as the first in Brighton and includes cars, trucks and motorcycles from all over the region.
The show's organizer, John "Cockey" Bramley, a native of Brighton, typically begins planning his events just a couple weeks after the previous show. To pull off two large shows and attend dozens of others during one show season it is a full time job. Even with the help of his wife and the rest of his family and crew it still remains an arduous task to spearhead it all. In regards to the first Brighton show, Bramley says, "It's had its day."
"This will give us the opportunity to focus more on Best of the Best", he adds. With the extra time saved with the end of the first show, Bramley and crew are now able to concentrate more on making the Best of the Best an even larger event. "I can do more with Best of the Best with the help of the participant sand the sponsors." says Bramley.
Of the qualifying shows, many still remain but this year two others have been dropped. Yet a new one has been added. Now the Super Chevy Show at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on June 20 through June 22, 2014 has joined the list of Best of the Best qualifying shows.
New awards will be added for 2014 Best of the Best, new sponsors have joined in and the show has secured even more support from the automotive community.