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Ron at a car show & sock-hop

The weekend of May 17th proved to be a great weekend for The Ohio Valley Cruisers Car show in Henderson this year. Once again they put on a Sock Hop on Saturday night and the show on Sunday that outdid any show they have had. The weather was a little cool and the threat of rain Saturday night kept a few cars away but the ones that did show up were all quality cars. The judges this year there were roughly 200 cars there but said it was really rough to pick the winner due to so many high quality cars there. I have attended the show for 14 years now and I have to admit, I never saw so many sharp, clean and show quality cars at one show.

Saturday night was the Sock Hop that proved to be a great time. People were dancing in the streets and enjoying the oldies music. Two plaques were given away that night, the peoples choice and the club choice. The peoples choice went to Ray Embry for his 65 Ford and the Club award went to Ron Cowell for his 1960 Chevy. The threat of rain kept the crowd small but those that attended had a great time.

Sunday for the show was a different story though. It started out a little cool but soon the sun came out shinning down on all the cars making them glisten and sparkle.  People enjoyed the oldies music once again along with plenty of door prizes and a cake walk along with other activities.

At the end of the day the trophies were given out. There were the top 100 cars along with the best of show, best Chrysler, Chevy, Ford and a bunch of other awards. Just to many winners to list who all won what.

The “OUTSIDERS” car club from Russell County attended. Mike Taylor received a trophy for his 1957. Blockbuster Blue, Belair Chevy. Randall Burton also received a trophy for his beautiful black Corvette. It was a great weekend in Henderson for all that attended. All that left on Sunday night said they were looking forward to next year already. Wynn Stone, president of the Ohio Valley Cruisers was very pleased with the turn out and the quality of cars that came to the show this year and thanks all who attended.

Another show that went on that same weekend was the Classic Chevy show that was held in Pigeon Forge. This show was for 55 56 and 57 Chevys only. The show is another one you would like to attend if you are a Chevy lover and it’s held every year. The classes are broken down into several classes so the cars are not competing against all the cars. There is a Custom Class, Original Class, Full Custom class and so on. Cars are placed in different classes depending if they are brought to the show on a trailer or driven to the show.  It’s judged very fair and if you win there you have really earned it.  

Outsiders Club members Dwayne and Mike Esau took first place in the Custom “55” Class. We have talked about this car before and it is one that Dwayne put a lot of time and effort into and deserves all the awards he wins. He is not a trailer person. He drives the car to every show. This week he and his wife are headed out on a two week vacation and heading out west and attending car shows all along the way while they visit old friends. We wish them good luck and have a safe trip.

On Firday June 12th The OUTSIDERS will have their second Cruise in of the year at Sonic Drive in Russell Springs. This is a new club and already the cruises have been growing and getting better. At most shows and cruises trophies are given away to the best car etc. The OUTSIDERS want everyone to come out and have fun at their cruise, not just the car owners, so there are no trophies given away. Instead all the door prizes and prizes are given out to those who attend. There is oldies music playing with announcements of up coming events for their club and others. 50/50 raffle, and a mess of wonderful prizes, like Gift Certificates from local restaurants, Car cleaning equipment, free haircuts, and CASH! Plus at this next show there are other surprises planned also. You won’t to miss this Cruise In. It gets underway at 6:00PM and lasts till the last people leave.

In upcoming shows this month don’t forget The monthly Ol Boys Toys car show will be held June 20th at the K Mart Parking lot on 127, at the end across from Subway. This is always a fun event with a lot of Classic Cars, tractors, music and fun. Each show has been getting bigger and better. Mark that date on your calendar and plan on attending.

There are a number of events going on in June. If you would like to check them out go to and several are listed there.

Plus if you check with any of the members of any of the clubs here in Russell County you can find out where even more shows and cruises are taking place.

If your Car Club is having an event and you would like us to tell everyone about or someone who you would like to see featured in this article send all information to, .

If your Club or church or group is having an event and you would like to display some classic cars at that event let me know at least two weeks before the event.

I will put you in contact with one of the clubs that will gladly bring their cars out for display.

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