In Apr. 5 issue, Russell County News By Ron Cowell, Columnist
On the third Tuesday of each month if you go into Loy's Midtown Restaurant you will hear the back room buzzing with conversation. Then at 6:00PM the gavel will hit the table and President Lyle Rexroat will be bringing another meeting of the Lake Cumberland Antique Car Club to order.
The Lake Cumberland Antique Car Club is believed to be the oldest Car Club in Russell County. In fact the club has been around so long that no one really remember who started the club and just when it all began.
I spoke with Brenda Wilson, Secretary of the Club. She also said she was not sure who the originators of the club were but she did know some of the oldest Members of the club included Doc Monin, Ernest Davis, Leon Davis, Bennie Antle, Charles Cape, Dut Wilson, Howard Garner, Fox Ponder and Lyle Rexroat.
A lot of folks around here know Doc Monin from his medical practice here in Russell County before he retired. You may also know Doc from the hard work he puts into Lakefest every year with the Car show there. He himself is the proud owner of many classic cars.
Over the years members have come and gone but according to Secretary Wilson the club still has 41 members. Each member has from one to several classic cars. Most of them are totally original and very beautiful cars.
Like most Car Clubs they meet every third Tuesday for the monthly meeting and plan business for the upcoming month. Anyone who would like to join the Club can contact any of the Club officers to join. Lyle Rexroat is the President, Larry Wilson is Vice President, Brenda Wilson, Secretary and Paula Robertson Treasurer. The public is welcome to attend the meetings if you think you would like to join in the fun of the club.
The Lake Cumberland Club has fun all summer attending Car Shows, Cruise Ins and other activities. On the 22nd of March of this year a group of Club members joined some of the Old Boys Toys Club members and took a road trip to "Sinking Valley Winery" in North Eastern Pulaski County.
They took a tour of the Winery and saw how the grapes were processed and bottled. All the wine made there is made from grapes raised by local growers. They were able to sample some of the wine made there.
From there they cruised to the Memorial honoring Sam Catron, Sheriff of Paluski County who was murdered at the Shopville Fire Station in April of 2002.
They ended up the cruise to a place called "Short Creek" This creek comes out of the ground and travels about 150 feet then goes back underground. They were told that a lot of the local people who live there are baptized in that creek.
There is always something to do or something to see when you belong to one of the Car Clubs here in Russell County.
I had the chance to speak with one of the club members Mr. Fox Ponder. Fox is one of the oldest members of the club and has been in the club a long time. In talking with Fox I found his life to be very interesting also.
Fox joined the club many years ago and at that time had a 1958 Ford. He told me he bought the car new and a short while after he got the car he gave it to his mother to drive. When she took ill he got the car back and he still has the car today.
Out of all the old cars Fox owns and has owned he said his favorite vehicle was a 1932 Rockne Studabaker. He says he wishes he still had one today.
When I ask Fox how many cars he had now he laughed and said "A lot more than I need". The he smiled and told me he has seven vehicles at this time.
Fox spent his working carrier as a pilot in the military. He retired form the Military in June of 1972 after 21 years of flying. He flew during the Korean War and World War II. His missions included flying in and out of Japan bringing in supplies to the troops for two and a half years. He has also flown several missions taking coal and potato's into Berlin. He has been in all the free world countries except two. Lived in 18 states and in 3 different countries.
As you can see talking to this man was so interesting I could have done a book on his life and his travels. Fox is one of the members of the Lake Cumberland Classic Car Club and a pure joy to talk to.
The Lake Cumberland Car Club is made up of friends and neighbors here is Russell and surrounding counties. They would love to have you stop by one of their meetings.
If your Car Club has an event coming up you would like us to tell everyone about you can email your activity or event to firstname.lastname@example.org .
All emails must be in at least two weeks before the event. Till next time, Keep Cruisin' !!!
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