MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 10, 2014

Auto show rolls into seventh year

By Travis Sloat
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Bob Raley said those interested in old cars and chili can find both within walking distance of each other Saturday.

Raley, the president of the CruiZaders Car Club, said the organization has hosted the CruiZaders Car, Truck and Cycle Show for seven years, and it keeps getting better each year.

“We’ve been blessed for years when it comes to the weather,” Raley said. “We haven’t had to cancel a show yet. And the weather is supposed to be great on Saturday. We’re looking forward to a good turnout of cars.”

The show will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of First Baptist Church. Registration for vehicles begins at 8 a.m. and will cost $15 per entrant. Public viewing of the vehicles is free.

Carl Cox, a member of the car club, said  his ’56 Ford Victoria has won numerous trophies, but he stays busy parking cars at this event.

“I like the people who come out to the shows,” Cox said. “It’s a lot of people I know, but I only get the chance to see them at shows.”

Cox also said his car is just a model year older than the one in which he and his wife, Tracye, went on dates in 1959.

“It’s been professionally restored,” he said. “But we’ve added quite a bit, like air conditioning and a gas tank.”

The show will hand out dash plaques to the first 100 entrants and prizes for the top 25 vehicles, best of show car and truck, best of show motorcycle, best engine, best interior and best old-school motorcycle.

Raley said his favorite part of the day is when he sees the old street rods and muscle cars pull into the parking lot.

“I like to see them up close and personal,” he said. “I’m an old car fan. I realize all the hours and time that has gone into customizing that vehicle. It’s a joy to see that.

“Also, part of our proceeds go to benefit the First Baptist Church free clinic. We usually donate anywhere from $250 to $1,000, depending on what we take in.”

In addition to all the prizes, there will be a concession stand, goodie bags for the entrants, door prizes and a 50/50 pot. The Wounded Warriors also will have a booth at the show.

Raley said that if you like old cars and visiting with people who have similar interests, the car show is definitely for you.

“You couldn’t pick a better event to come to,” he said. “And we’re within walking distance of the chili cook-off. There will be lots of old cars and hot rods in the Azalea Parade, and some of those will come join us afterward.”

Raley also said the car club is open to anyone in the Muskogee area who is interested in old cars and Christian fellowship.

“We usually hop in our cars once a month and cruise to a Muskogee eatery,” he said. “Part of the mission of the club is to recruit new members to our church. We take advantage of this time to witness and enjoy the fellowship.”

Reach Travis Sloat at (918) 684-2908 or tsloat@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Seventh annual CruiZaders Car, Truck and Cycle Show.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: The parking lot of First Baptist Church.

COST: $15 per entrant; public admission is free.

INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: (918) 682-3496 or www.muskogeecruizaders.com.