, Muskogee, OK

June 11, 2013

Car show, burnout set to wow

If you go

WHAT: Fort Gibson Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday for burnout and loud pipe contests. All day Saturday for car show.

WHERE: Intersection of Lee and Ross streets along U.S. 62 on Friday, downtown Fort Gibson on Saturday.

ETC.: Events include food and drink vendors and children’s activities. All events are free.

INFORMATION: (918) 577-2069.

By Wendy Burton

Times Editor

Each year hundreds of people turn out to watch the rubber burn, smoke and burst on the first night of Fort Gibson’s Car, Truck and Motorcycle show.

And this year is expected to be just as exciting.

Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce President Gary Perkins said he expects there to be hundreds of entries at Saturday’s car show and Friday’s burnout and loud pipe contests.

Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday alongside the Phillips 66 gas station at the intersection of Lee and Ross streets with the burnout and loud pipe contests.

Those contests are followed by a car parade through town. To enter burnout or loud pipe, the cost is $10. The car parade is free.

Festivities continue Saturday as car show entries arrive early in the morning and begin filling downtown Fort Gibson.

The show begins at 11 a.m., and there will be live entertainment and children’s activities all day.

Jeramy Rhoden, owner of Fort Gibson Auto Refinishing, and Wesley Benge helped get some of their clients’ vehicles ready for Saturday’s show last week.

As the men worked polishing a 1974 Bronco, they talked about why car shows are popular for enthusiasts.

Rhoden said the burnout contest is the most fun for the general public because it’s so entertaining.

“The guys that can’t drive their stuff on the highway because they’re so radical will usually come to that burnout contest,” he said. “They have tires that will smoke red and blue. You’re liable to see 200 or 300 at that contest.”

Benge said it’s the mishaps that go along with the burnout contest that everyone likes best.

“People get out there and tear their car up or blow up a tire,” he said.

But the car show is most important for car enthusiasts.

Benge, who usually participates in the show with his 1978 Blazer, said it’s all about people hanging out and enjoying their cars.

Rhoden said, “For us, it’s a passion. We work on them all day, sometimes cussing them, but we really love them.”

Car show entries will be accepted up until 11 a.m. Saturday at the downtown Chamber office. The cost is $20 for the show.

All events Friday and Saturday are free for the public to attend.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton