Continuing a Dream: Leland Dockery Tribute Cruise-In

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Visit First Baptist Church Trussville (FBCT) on June 3, 2023, to see over 200 vintage, classic, hotrod, show cars and specialty vehicles at the Fourth Annual Leland Dockery Tribute Cruise-In starting at 9 a.m. in the church’s front parking lot. This event is named in honor of a longtime member of FBCT. Leland Dockery passed away in 2019, at age 68, leaving behind a life filled with family, friends, community, and country.

Leland's cars
The cars pictured above belonged to Leland Dockery.

Husband to wife Denise, father, and grandfather, Dockery was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and retired as owner of Dockery Electric and served as Chairman of the Trussville Utilities Board. Before and after retirement, Dockery enjoyed spending time at the family’s lake house and making the local breakfast rounds with “the guys” in his restored 1958 GMC Apache. Nearly all his life, he had a thing for cars. “Leland loved his cars and had been tinkering with hot rods since he was in high school. He personally restored over 30 cars,” said Bob Smith, FBCT’s Minister to Seasoned Adults. “Not long after I came to First Baptist in 2018, he and I talked about having an auto show, and we both thought it would be a great community event. I never imagined we’d be doing this event without him, but four years later, we are going strong.”

View of Leland Dockery Tribute Cruise-In
Guests will enjoy browsing over 200 cars, food trucks, live music and more.

Pre-registration for the Cruise-In is available here. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m. the day of the show. There is no charge to enter your vehicle, and this event is free to the public. Every registered vehicle will be eligible to be selected by the fans as the “Fan Favorite.” The specially designed Trophy will be presented to the Vehicles receiving the most fan votes. Vehicle owners have the option to be considered by a panel of judges in one of four designated categories:

1. Pre-War (pre-1945)

2. 1945 to 1959

3. 1960 to 1979

4. 1980 & newer.

Awards will be presented just after Noon. Additional awards for Most Creative Design, Best Work in Progress, Best Military Vehicle, and the Mayor’s Choice Award presented by Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat. Food trucks for food purchase, DJ Ronnie Foster plus live music, free water, and a host of door prizes for drivers and fans will round out the day. For more information about the Leland Dockery Tribute Cruise-In, visit www.fbctrussville.org or call the Seasoned Adult Ministry office at 205-228-1006. †

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