With 45 more registrants than last year, Main Street Duncan’s sixth annual Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car Show was deemed a success.
Tammy Johnson, MSD director, spent much of Monday going to the local hotels to get room reservation numbers from car show registrants. With a total of 212 registrants, there were several to count.
“The show was fantastic and I am so, so happy,” said Johnson.
“It benefits more than Main Street Duncan, like the gas stations, restaurants and hotels. Today, the Main Street office answering machine was full with people calling to say how much fun it was and how much they appreciated it. There were no complaints.”
In fact, a number of businesses were able to leave a good and lasting impression of themselves by how they treated the out of town visitors. One example was the way the Hampton Inn went above and beyond by providing each show registrant who stayed there with car washing buckets full of goodies.
“They had in there a bottle of water, car wash, a microfiber towel, M&Ms, and a sponge and they hooked up their water hoses to let any car owner wash their car before the show, which is just awesome,” said Johnson. “Richard Williams from Waco, Texas, said he will always stay at the Hampton Inn just because of how special he was treated there.”
Throughout the week, Johnson will be working on finding out where all of the cars came from and how their owners found out about the show. The two new categories from this year also did well.
“We have 14 register for the off-road categories,” Johnson said. “The kids car show was great and we’re going to continue that next year and call it ‘Tot Rods.’”
Already looking forward to next year’s show, Johnson said she already has several committed parties. In fact, Texas Motor Speedways, which brought a bathtub racer this year, told her they will be loyal only to this show.
“Mike Terry Family Auto Group has already signed up to sponsor everything they sponsored this year,” she said. “And the Air Force One Top Fuel Racer owner, Mark Smith, who lives here in town, has said that if Main Street ever needed it for a fundraiser, he would love to come set it up to show.
This makes me feel like I’m doing something right and it makes all the hard work worth it when I’m tired and exhausted. It’s pretty cool.”
Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car Show results
Best in Show sponsored by BF Machine — Wesley and Jodi Smith, 1957 Chevy Bel Air
Mike Terry Auto Family Best in Show — Adam Marks, 1971 Chevelle SS
City of Duncan Pick — Donald Ashford, 1965 Shelby AC Cobra
Main Street Board Members Pick — Velda Green, 1956 T-Bird
Auto Zone Pick — Vance Wilcox
Motorcycles Main Street Duncan Pick — Jameson Payne
Best Engine — Jerry and Kay Strickland, 1973 Dodge Dart
Best Paint — Gary Sorrell, 1957 Chevrolet
Best Interior — Wesley and Jodi Smith, 1957 Chevy Bel Air
Unique Tag — Dennis Canfield, RNSNKRN - Runsnakerun, 2002 Chevy Corvette
Special Interest — William Uroquart
Under Construction — Jason Foster, 1970 Chevy Chevelle
Burnout — Matt Christian, 1st; Jim Wells, 2nd.
Rat Rods/Traditional Hot Rods — Billy and Sandra Self, 1924 Dodge, 1st; Frank Baker, 25 T-Bucket, 2nd.
Street Rods Pre 1940 — Curtis and Bonnie Hutton, 1st; Ricky Olson, 2nd.
Tri Fives 1955-57 — David and Paula Gayanich, 1st; Mick Parkerson, 2nd.
Original Pre 1960 — Charles Boyd, 1930 Ford Model A Coupe, 1st; Velda Green, 1956 T-Bird, 2nd.
Original 1960-72 — Charles Boyd, 1960 Mercedes-220SE Coupe, 1st; Gary and Sharon Hoffman, 1962 T-Bird Convertible, 2nd.
Original 1973-88 — Craig Robinson, 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, 1st; Rick and Glenda Vassella, 1981 Pontiac Trans Am, 2nd.
Original 1988-97 — Paul and Pam Thomas, 1997 Chevy Camaro, 1st; Sue Roswell Boen, 2002 T.B., 2nd.
Modified Pre 1960 — Jim Green, 1934 Dodge, 1st; Monty Howell, 1958 Willys, 2nd.
Modified 1960-72 — Vance Wilcox, 1964 Pontiac Catalina, 1st; Ryan Wilcox, 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS, 2nd.
Modified 1973-88 — Jerry and Kay Strickland, 1973 Dodge Dart, 1st; Brent Smith, 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, 2nd.
Muscle 1964-72 Original — Craig Robinson, 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351, 1st; Tommy Duncan, 2nd.