By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015
The Route 66 Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show will begin with a cruise-in at Ne-Mar Center on Friday, September 24 starting at 4 p.m., where vintage, modified and antique cars will be on display for public viewing before the cruise to the Totem Pole Park in Foyil begins at 6 p.m.
Over 300 vintage, modified and antique cars as well as motorcycles are expected to roll into Claremore on September 25 for the 8th annual Route 66 Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show. The cruise-in begins at 4 p.m. with music and door prizes at Ne-Mar Center.
“In total, we usually give away more than $1,000 worth of prizes in addition to $600 cash during the two-day show,” says Dwayne Caldwell, club president. Some of the prizes include one night stays at local hotels and automotive parts. A silent auction with a variety of gift baskets will also be held.
Beginning at 6 p.m., participants will cruise down historic Route 66 to the Totem Pole Park in Foyil, where free hot dogs, courtesy of Akdar Shrine, will be served. “Our club does a lot to help support Shriners Hospitals for Children,” Caldwell adds. The children will benefit from the cruise and car show through registration fees of car owners.
On Saturday, the family-friendly event begins at Claremore Lake. Over 40 classes of automobiles will be represented, as well as motorcycles. Drawings will continue throughout the day, and custom-built trophies will be awarded for Best Ford, GM, Mopar, Rat Rod, Best Paint and Best of Show. A gas card will be awarded for the individual who has traveled the farthest distance to participate in the show. A club participation award of $100 will also be given away.
In addition to the car show, a pin-up contest is planned. “This is a vintage style contest harking back to the 50s era. No revealing outfits are allowed,” he adds. Trophies and cash will be awarded to the top three winners.
All awards will be announced and given away beginning at 2 p.m. “There will be something for everyone,” says Caldwell. “There will be Jupiter Jumps for the children, live music by the Bill Holden Band, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts vendors and food trucks, and the Claremore Police Department, Claremore Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to talk to children and hand out information.”
“The lake is beautiful and there are plenty of shade trees, picnic tables and a playground too,” Caldwell adds. “We usually have over 1,000 spectators to our free event.”
To pre-register and be entered into a drawing for $50, mail your fee of $15 before September 15. On the day of the show, participants may register between 8 a.m. and noon for $20. For more registration information, go to their website at www.Route66CruisersOK.org.
Arts and crafts vendors as well as food vendors can also locate more information at the club’s website. “We usually have between 20 and 25 booths,” says Caldwell.
According to the club’s vice-president, Richard Hodges, “This is the second biggest outdoor car show in Oklahoma, and our club website has been ranked number one in the United States.”
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.
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