JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- They're Hellfighters and proud of it. Saturday a classic car and motorcycle show was put on by the Jacksonville unit of Hellfighter Ministries at Old Plank Road Baptist Church on the Westside.
The ministry is a non-denominational Christian group made up of a "league of extraordinary ladies and gentlemen."
The Hellfighters have two motorcycle ministry units in Florida, one at 5491 Morse Ave. in Jacksonville and one in Chipley, which is about halfway between Tallahassee and Pensacola. Jacksonville President Kelly Hughes, who owns a customized Victory motorcycle, said the group's next big event will be the Sturgis , S.D. Bike Rally.
They'll head out to meet up with other Hellfighters from across the country on August 6.
Among the classics on display at the show was Gary Barrett's 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup. He's had it about five years and has pretty much changed out everything but the body, with the centerpiece being a 383 small block Chevy V8 that puts out a claimed 550 horsepower.
Like many classic vehicle owners, when asked if he's completed the Cameo's restoration Barrett said, "you're never done." The Cameo had a three year model run from 1955 to 1958, with the quad-style headlights featured on Barrett's pride and joy being introduced in the final model year.
If you'd like to learn more about Hellfighters Ministries you'll find them on the Web at www.hellfighters.org or email the Jacksonville unit at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read about the history of the Chevrolet Cameo at Hemmings.
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