CRUISERS CELEBRATE CITY'S BIRTHDAY

July 17, 2001 12:00 am
Like a scene from a new car lot of the 1950s, this pair of 1957 Chevrolets seems to offer the buyer a choice. ().
Like a scene from a new car lot of the 1950s, this pair of 1957 Chevrolets seems to offer the buyer a choice. ().

Brookings 50th Birthday car show and special events offered a lot of fun and nostalgia for those gathered at the ports boardwalk Saturday.

The show, hosted by the Curry County Cruisers, attracted 60 entries from throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California.

The day-long show was punctuated by a Volkswagen-stuffing contest, line dancing by the Coastliners and a hula-hoop contest, among other events.

KURY Radio provided the appropriate atmosphere with tunes from the 50s and 60s. Raffle drawings were held throughout the afternoon, with other prize giveaways based on rock n roll trivia.

The afternoon was capped off with an oldies concert by the Sea Breeze and Sound Wave vocal groups from the schools. That featured numbers like Blueberry Hill sung by Jerry Fats Moffit, and Great Balls of Fire performed by Stewart Jerry Lee Riddle.

Earlier, two girls tied for the win in the hula-hoop contest. They were both able to hula their hoops from their waists to their necks.

Neither, however, could successfully transfer the spinning hoops from their necks to one arm. All contestants at least got to keep their hoops.

The day started with an old-fashioned Volkswagen-stuffing contest, a popular pastime in the 1950s. A total of 17 people squeezed into an old Beetle.

Gray skies in the morning didnt seem to dampen the enthusiasm of car buffs perusing a wide variety of cars from the 1950s to 1990s.

Three classic two-seater Ford Thunderbirds added to the fun, fun, fun as the song says. The 1957 of Tom and Barbara Stanton won second place in the Peoples Choice category, while the 1956 of Doug Doane of Brookings won the Best of Class category.

As expected at a car show going back to Brookings roots in the 1950s, the 1955-57 Chevrolets were out in full force.

Most of them were in better-than-new shape, but the 1955 Bel Air owned by Keith and Marilyn Restad of Crescent City won Best of Show.

The winner of the Peoples Choice category was the 1939 Cadillac of Tom and Carol Roades of Brookings.

While the past was amply represented, the show also featured several newer entries from the Below Sea Level club.

Club members brought slammed Hondas and Acuras showing off the engine, suspension, body and interior modifications typical of the import-tuner craze.

A 1998 Honda Civic EX coupe owned by Daylee Johnson of Medford won the Best Compact category.

Rick Crawford of Crescent City won the high school category with a nicely-turned-out 1991 Chevrolet Camaro. Its gigantic speaker system filled the entire rear hatch area.

One of the most unexpected entries was Vandilous, a customized 2000 Dodge Caravan owned by Sherrik and Daisy Cron of Crescent City.

The deaths-head graphic on the bright yellow-orange dash is sure to get the soccer-moms talking.

The motorcycle trophy went to Jim Baldwin of Gold Beach, whose Harley came in a matching trailer pulled by a black 2001 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson edition. The red flames on black theme even extended to Baldwins leathers.

Fittingly for Brookings birthday car show, the judges included city officials such as Mayor Bob Hagbom, Police Chief Chris Wallace and Fire Chief Bill Sharp. City Councilor Lorraine Kuhn arranged the whole shebang.