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As Duncan’s Steve Earnhart said, very few people still own their first car. Yet, Earnhart’s first car, a 1957 Bel Air, was on display at Main Street Duncan’s sixth annual Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car Show.
Since Earnhart purchased his car 31 years ago while he was a student at Duncan High School, he has done a number of renovations to it to keep the car in top condition.
One of the first major changes made to the car was the addition of a bright yellow paint coat to replace the original turquoise and white. Earnhart said he made this change shortly after he got it and has not changed it since.
Over the years, the car has needed additional renovations.
“I’ve done two complete frame-off restorations,” Earnhart said.
The car interior has been renovated twice, which won it the title of “Best Upholstery” in a previous car show.
Earnhart said showing his car at shows has become a tradition that started when he got the car. In other competitions, his car has also won first and second place.
Besides getting the chance to put his classic on display, Earnhart also views the competition as an opportunity to meet and talk with friends.
At this year’s Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car Show, Earnhart was parked next to two friends from high school, owners of a 1966 Cobra and a 1969 Camero.
Tammy Johnson, Executive Director of Main Street Duncan, was pleased with the crowd that gathered on Main Street Saturday for the affair. She had 211 classic cars on display and expected 214 before the end of day, a significant increase from the 167 last year.
“I think we will have a crowd of 12,000 people before the end of the day,” she said. “It was far more than I expected for it.”
Johnson said she typically has to run around and fix problems but thanks to the help of 80 volunteers, she was able to visit with participants more this year.
“I am going over to every car owner this year and visiting with them,” Johnson said. “It is important to them but it is also important to me to tell them how much I appreciate them. This is what funds our organization.”
Awards were being announced at 3 p.m. Saturday. Best in Show, Best Paint, Mike Terry Auto Family Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Interior, Under Construction, Special Interest, City of Duncan Pick, Main Street Board Member Pick and Auto Zone Pick were among the awards expected to be distributed. Besides the cars, the streets were also filled with food booths, clothing booths and some carnival attractions. The award results will be in Monday’s edition.