The Duncan Banner

January 31, 2014

Car show has new driver at the wheel

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Hot rods, classics, and muscle cars will again make an appearance on Duncan’s Main Street in April.

Melvin Jones has taken the reins for the 7th annual Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car Show on April 18 and 19.

“Since I was retired and enjoy old cars, it seemed natural,” said Jones. “As with anything successful, I hope not to let it down and will work hard to keep that from happening.”

Jones, a recent retiree of Cotton Electric, stepped into the car show leadership role after Tammy Johnson left her job as director of Main Street Duncan, the nonprofit organization that promotes and preserves the city’s downtown district.

The car show has grown each year, with more than 200 cars registered last year and more anticipated this year, Jones said.

“For many people, it takes them back to their youth,” Jones said. “They can remember cruising Main Street in their 1950s car when it was new.”

Jones, who rebuilds old cars as a hobby, approached Johnson with the idea of creating a car show for Duncan.

“She took it by the horns and ran with it,” he  said. “Tammy did a great job and the plans are to keep the format pretty much the same.”

The Main Street cruise and the burnout, where drivers spin their tires to see how much smoke they can produce, will take place the first night of the event.

The next day vendors will set up on Main Street and live entertainment will be presented.

Up to 80 volunteers and multiple sponsors are needed to make the car show work, Jones said.

“We have a good core group but we are always looking for volunteers,” he said. “It takes a lot of money to put on the car show.”

People have already been calling Main Street this year with interest in entering the show, said David Yeager, president of the Main Street board.

The board is continuing the process of finding a new director.

“We want to make a deliberate choice because this is such a successful program and we want to keep that going,” said Yeager. “Melvin taking over the car show has made it easier for us to take our time (finding a new director), so we definitely appreciate him.”

More information and updates on the car show can be found on the Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car Show or Main Street Duncan Facebook pages, or by calling the Main Street office at 580-252-8696 or Jones at 580-591-1714.