, Muskogee, OK


May 16, 2013

Poker Run opens weekend of cars, trucks, cycles

15th annual event benefits Good Shepherd Clinic

— Get your motor running ... get out on the highway — and get over to the 15th annual Cruis’n Angels and BancFirst Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show on Saturday and the Poker Run today.

There you’ll see cool cars including Cruis’n Angels president Joe Schmidgall’s 1941 Graham built by Graham Motor Co. Its chrome bumper sparkles against its magenta body. Schmidgall describes the color as “purplish, pinkish, red.” It’s also been described as “raspberry passion.”

More than 100 to 150 cars, trucks, motorcycles and even tractors are expected to be on display and competing for prizes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Columbus Avenue and Fifth Street. Vehicle owners can register from 8 a.m. to noon for a $15 fee. The fun will start with a Poker Run at 7 p.m. today at the Sonic Drive-in at Chandler Road and York Street. Anyone can enter for $5 and go to five different businesses to collect cards. The top 10 hands and the worst hand get a prize.

The Poker Run is just to get your engine warmed up for the big show Saturday. Cruis’n Angels, a car club, donates all the proceeds to Good Shepherd Health Clinic. Ronnie Brassfield, vice president of the club, is in charge of vendors. There will be $1 hot dogs and other concessions serving food ranging from biscuits and gravy to Frito chili pie. There will be do-rags, bling flip-flops, concealed weapon purses, fire extinguishers, and more.

“We’re expecting a big show,” Brassfield said. “Bring the kids.”

There will be a disc jockey spinning tunes while folks stroll around looking at the cars. Door prizes will be handed out, too. At the end of the day, 80 to 90 trophy plaques will be awarded. A plaque plus $100 for best of show, paint, interior and engine will be awarded.

Brassfield and Schmidgall feel good about being able to donate $7,000 each of the past two years to the Good Shepherd Health Clinic. They are on target to be able to give $10,000 this year.

“We want to thank the community for donations,” Brassfield said. “We’re the largest community supporting group for them.”

The crowd will be drawn to Schmidgall’s Graham that he flew to Florida and bought. He drove it 1,400 miles home.

“It’s a street rod with a Chevy motor,” he said. “It’s really unusual, something no one else has. It’s a neat car.”

He said only 1,400 were made in 1940 and ’41.

“I’ve never seen this particular car in person until I got this one,” he said.

Schmidgall said he’s always liked old cars.

“I guess I was born that way,” he said.

He has a collection of 15 to 20 with four or five that he drives.

Another little ride that will be on display is the green 1947 Crosley. It is a 4-foot-wide compact car that is so small it will fit in the back of a pickup truck, he said. He’ll also bring out his 1939 green and yellow John Deere crank start tractor.

“I think I like the history of the cars,” he said.

That interests Brassfield, too. He’ll bring a 1932 three-window Ford coupe to the show for display. He bought it on E-bay. He has four Corvettes — a 1969, two 1971s and a 1980.

“They all run,” he said. “I had a 1971 when I was in high school. When my grades went down, he (his father) sold it and that’s the rest of the story.”

He calls his love of old cars a “passion” that he and others will share with the public on Saturday.

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