By Marilyn Miller
The motto for the 15th Annual Car & Bike Show in downtown Minden this past weekend couldn’t have been more appropriate. The event attracted hundreds of car and bike enthusiasts from all over the Ark-La-Tex. Young and old agreed that “The Heat Is On” as they checked out everything from Corvettes and Mustangs to tractors, jeeps, and rat-rods.
Old and young alike feasted on pork chops and turkey legs served up by the sponsoring Vintage Car Club of Minden’s “Chef” Robert Grigsby. Food trucks and soft drink vendors also made sure everyone was satisfied.
For kids who were too young to appreciate remodeled vintage autos and trucks, there was face-painting by Ejay Colvin and two bouncy houses.
Drawings for gifts were held through-out the day, with items donated by area merchants and businesses. Members of the Board of Directors of Minden Main Street assisted with registration.
Prior to the presentation of a heap of trophies, many of the show entrants lined up for a “Fun Run” down Broadway to Homer Road, to Hwy. 531, west up Hwy. 80 past Webster Jr. High, and back into historic downtown Minden.
Shelby Townsend took home the “Best of Show” trophy with a 1961 Econoline truck. The “People’s Choice Award sent to Vincent Chevalier with his 1978 Chevy Camaro. Doyle Williams was the “Oldest Participant” and Allie Kate was the “Youngest Participant.” The “Farthest Traveled” was from Mena, Arkansas.
Trophies in various categories went to the following participants: Antique Class A2 1900-1925 Original: Steve Fowler, first, 1931 Model A; Ivory Bradford, second, 1956 Chevy; Tommy Bourn, third, 1931 Cord; Antique Class as of 1900-1925 Modified: John Frazier, first, 1955 Blue Bel Air; Shelley Francis, second, 1958 Pink Cadillac.
SMC1 Sport & Muscle 1960-75: Bruce Puckett, first, 1967 Chevy Nova blue; Ty Bryan, second, 1967 Chevy Camaro, silver; Pat Cox, third, 1969 Pontiac Firebird, green; SMC2 Sport & Muscle, 1976-1985: Vincent Chevalier, first, 1978 Camaro red; Bobby Igo, second, 1977 Chevy Coupe Malibu; SMC3 Sport & Muscle 1986-2000: Anthony Davis, first, 1989 Caprice, Burgandy; Dale Brett, second, 1997 Chevy Camaro, White; Larry Banks, third, Chevy Camaro. Red; SMC4 Sport & Muscle 2001-2010: Richard Roton, first, 2002 Pontiac Trans Am; Daniel Lincoln, second, 2001 Plymouth Prowler; SMCS Sport & Muscle 2011 to present: Shawn Archer, first, 2019 Camaro; Patrice Harper, second, 2022 Camaro.
MC6 Harley Davidson Any Year: Gerald White, first, 2009 Road Glide; Ricky Carter, second, 2010 3 wheels; Off-Road Class: Allie Kate, first, Honda ATC 70; Thomas Adams, second, 1985 Honda ATC 70; T2 Truck Class Customized Any Year: Shereaz Henderson, first, 1969 Chevy C-10; Mark Griffith, second, 1969 GMC C-15; Steve Cooper, third, 1966 Chevy Custom truck; Jeep Class Any Year: Qynashia Erving, first, 2008 Jeep Rangler; Pat Harper, second, 2022 Jeep Gladiator; Rat Rod Any Year Vehicle Chopped Lowered or Painted: Marvin Willis, first, 1934 Ford Woodie; Morgan Prothro, second, 1921 Ford Rat Rod Roadster; Charles Hile, third, 1953 Dodge Rat Rod; MC3 Class Shadow Any Make Motorcycle Up Right: Danny Whitehead, first, 1971 CB 750; Derrick Harris, second, 2005 Honda VTX; MC5 Class Motorcycle Trike any three wheel: Earnest Hildrith, first, 2016 Honda Goldwing; Elroy Davis, second, 2007 Honda Goldwing; Shelley Davis, third, 2007 Harley Sidecar; MOPAR Class 1926-1978: Jerry Stinnett, first, 1969 Roadrunner; Grace Edwards, second, 1968 Dodge Charger; Charles Hile, third, 1972 Dodge Charger Demon.
Import & Misc. Cars, All Years And All Makes: Marcus & Carlie Thompson, first, 2013 Honda Civic; Aaron Wilson, second, 1957 Porche; Levonne Nash, third, 2022 Honda Civic; Domestic Class Present Original & Slightly Modified: Ferris Baumon, first, 1993 Cadillac; Mike Harper, second, 1997 Pontiac; Andrew Lincoln, third, 1963 Ford Sedan; SR1 Street Rod Class 1900-1959: Cindy Hirth Tudor, first, Sedan, Pink; Russell Adams, second; 1934 Ford Coupe Brandy Wine Red; Bob Mathew, third, 1934 Ford Coupe Red; T1 Truck Class Original Any Year: Shelby Townsend, first, 1961 Econoline truck; Robert Jackson, second, 1972 C10 Chevy Truck; Mike Martin, third, 1972 Chevy Cheyenne Truck; Big Rig Any Make Any Year: Karey Bryce, first, 1959 Peterbuilt 352.
C1 Corvette Class 1952-1962: Robert Blake, first, 1962 Chevy Corvette; C2 Corvette Class 1963-1967: Dudley Beene, first, 1966 Chevy Corvette; C3 Corvette Class 1968-1982: Jan Munsel, first, 1971 Chevy Corvette; Dr. E. Frazier, second, 1970 Chevy Corvette; Les Sadler, third, 1978 Chevy Corvette. C4 Corvette Class 1984-1996: Justin Vasquez, first, 1989 yellow Corvette; Roy Scroggins, second, 1996 Chevy Corvette; CS Corvette Class 1997-2004: Mark Kendrick, first, 2003 Chevy Corvette; Brian Westgate, second, 2002 Chevy Corvette; Ricky Leonard, third, 2002 Chevy Corvette; G6 Corvette Class 2005-2010: L. P. Gipson, first, 2009 Chevy Corvette white; Audra Sadler, second, 2009 Chevy Corvette; Wardell Clayton, third, 2009 Chevy Corvette; C7 Corvette Class 2011-2014: Calvin Williams, first, Chevy Corvette; John Roden, second, 2013 Corvette Grand Sport; Robert Shaw, third, 2014 Corvette Grand Sport; S7 Corvette Class 2015-Present: Randy Walker, first, 2016 Chevy Corvette Z06; Dean Smith, second; 2023 Chevy Corvette; Howard Warren, third, 2016 Chevy Corvette;
M1 Mustang Class 1964 1/2-1967: Henry Lawrence, first, 1965 Ford Mustang; Mickey Perryman, second, 1966 Ford Mustang; Philip White, third, 1966 Ford Mustang; M8 Mustang Class 2005-2009: Billy Jackson, first, 2007 Ford Mustang; Patricia Rushing, second, 2009 Ford Mustang; M9 Mustang Class 2010-2014: Kelly Watkins, first, 2014 Mustang GT; M10 Mustang Class 2015-Present: Robert Widmer, first, 2020 Shelby GT 500; Kay Rhame, second; 2017 Ford Roush Mustang.