By JANIE THOMAS GREEN
The third annual Cool Grilles Car Show was held in perfect weather on October 17.
The Rotary Club of Broken Arrow sponsored the classic car show filling five blocks of Main Street in Broken Arrow. 243 competition cars and specialty classic vehicles filled The Rose District, which USA Today crowned as the small city “Most Charming Main Street” in Oklahoma.
Rose District restaurants and unique shops were open plus several food trucks and a number of vendors. Classic rock music played throughout the venue to set the mood for the show and contest. Entry was free to the public and the event was suitable for the entire family. The Museum Broken Arrow and The Military History Museum had free sponsored admission all day. The Museum Broken Arrow had an Auburn car inside from Auburn/Cord/Duesenburg, a local company which repairs and rebuilds these from all over the world.
The 2020 Cool Grilles Car Show featured radio-controlled drag cars and rock crawlers that they could pay to try. During the car show a No Prep CASH DAY drag racing competition was held. No Prep RC Drag Racing is all about having fun. RC Club members from across the state brought out their beautiful and CRAZY FAST cars for people to watch and try. The silent auction added to the fun with some great values on donated items.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Broken Arrow Rotary Club’s benevolent projects, including scholarships for BAPS seniors, Happy Hands Education Center families, YMCA and donations to Broken Arrow Neighbors and other local causes. The Arrow Group was the Presenting Sponsor, ASI, AVB, A-1 Autobody and other generous donors.
Lisa and Galen Engel chaired the Rotary Club event. Their business is TigerTownTees, and they created and provided the show shirts and led the committee that created a public event which filled the Rose District for the first time since March. (TigerTownTees@yahoo.com or 918-408-4282 for more information.)
The top two in 34 classes were awarded plaques with tall trophies awarded for: Best Paint- Andy Hillenburg- 1956 Red Chevy Nomad; Best Engine- Tony Ponds- 1960 Black Chevy Impala; Best Interior- Paul Laymon- 1958 Grey Chevy Corvette; and Best of Show- Donny Johnson- 1960 Quicksand Chevrolet C-10 Pickup.