By Travis Sloat
Phoenix Staff Writer
A haze of blue smoke will shroud Fort Gibson tonight, but instead of sirens, residents will hear the squeal of tires.
The smoke will mark the beginning of the 19th annual Fort Gibson Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.
Entrants will see who can produce the best “burnout” and who has the loudest exhaust pipes. Afterward, participants will parade their cars through downtown Fort Gibson.
John Edwards, the vice president of the Cherokee Cruising Classic Car Club (known as the “5C’s”), said he’s attended the show for the last seven years and thinks it’s fantastic.
“What sets this show apart is that it’s in a downtown area,” he said. “A lot of shows are out in a field somewhere or not near town. Fort Gibson also provides excellent entertainment; they involve the young kids as well as the adults. It’s really a good show.”
On Saturday morning, cars, trucks and motorcycles will line the streets of downtown Fort Gibson for viewing.
Cheryl Moore, who will show off her 1982 Jeep CJ-7, said this would be her and her husband’s first car show experience.
“We’ve gone to the show almost every year,” she said. “But we noticed that all you could do is look at the cars, you couldn’t touch. My husband, Terry, and I have a couple of Jeeps, and we wanted to put them in the show and let the kids climb all over them and take pictures in them.”
Fort Gibson is expecting hundreds of people at the burnout and car show. In addition to the cars, there will be live music, concessions and children’s activities.
Edwards said he owns four classic cars. For this show he’s bringing a 1954 DeSoto Firedome.
“It’s attention-getting; a head turner,” he said. “It’s something you don’t see every day.
“I take home a trophy almost every year, and in fact, two years ago I got a trophy and my son got a trophy for his motorcycle. I’m really hoping to just place in the top three in my class.”
And although beauty in car shows is always an appreciated thing, some entrants hope functionality will play at least a small part in the day.
Moore, who uses her Jeep to climb rocks, said she hopes her entry is a source of fun.
“We run 39.5 tires and lift kits on them,” she said. “You can’t hurt them.
“My husband does this thing where he drives his Jeep up onto my tire, and his Jeep sits at pretty much a 90-degree angle. I hope we get to do that.”
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If you go
WHAT: 19th annual Fort Gibson Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.
WHEN: Burnout Contest 7 tonight; car show 11 a.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Burnout Contest is at Lee and Ross streets in Fort Gibson; Car show is in downtown Fort Gibson.
INFORMATION: (918) 577-2069.