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2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop
A great experience at WV’s top car show
By Cassidy McCoy & Jessica Richards
The 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop was the 11th annual event and West Virginia’s biggest car show. From Thursday, October 6 through Sunday October 9 the event was held along Kanawha Boulevard. The event saw more than 820 registered cars and participants from all over the mountain state and the East Coast with a few travelers coming from as far away as Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Canada and more!
In addition to the hundreds of car enthusiasts lined along the boulevard, thousands of spectators and attendants walked along the cruise-in style car show. The cars stretched a mile across Charleston’s downtown and parallel to the Ohio River. It provided participants with a unique view of the town and a fun all-around experience.
Wednesday, Oct. 5 the fun was kick started with a cruise to the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. Hundreds of show cars packed the dog track’s parking lot for a night at one of Kanawha Valley’s biggest attractions. The 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop began Thursday morning. Registration opened at 6 a.m. and most of the festivities ran from 10 a.m. to nightfall. Every morning the car crowd respectively saluted a flag during the National Anthem to start things off.
The live DJ from KAZ 68 FM was on hand daily with classic cruise-in hits. There was also 50/50 and silent auctions throughout the day.
Magic Island was packed with parts because of the swap meet and visitors could also try driving the Richard Petty racing simulator that was set up. Attendees also checked out pedal cars that were on display and vendors and concession stands that were open daily.
Fun Activities at the 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop
In addition to the daily fun were special activities. Visitors could go on a scenic cruise and poker run or a poker walk through Charleston’s scenic downtown. Another thing was the Shops at the Doo Wop display with an array of primitives and shopping choices. There was a trolley ride that looped through some of Charleston’s most popular destinations and the Kid Zone that was filled with fun activities.
There was also a WV Drag Racers Hall of Fame Induction on Racer’s Row, a car crushing monster truck show from the XDP truck and nightly music at Haddad Riverfront Park from bands The Esquires, Johnnie Mikel, Dave & Whitney and The Street Players.
Saturday night at the 2016 Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop featured quite possibly the coolest fireworks display I have ever seen by Zambelli International and the raffles were finally awarded. The raffles consisted of $500 Early Registration, the Pontiac Trans Am from Larry Dawson’s Auto Sales, the Xspec Power generator and pedal car. Finally, Sunday was a beautiful sunny day and more than 100 trophies awarded.
Most noteworthy of course was the selection of gorgeous cars. The show featured such a variety of vehicles. There was something beautiful, mean, powerful or antique do every spectator would be happy. The volunteers and staff create a memorable experience like none other. Registration is already open for the 12th annual Charleston Rod Run and Doo Wop October 4-8, 2017. Find information online at www.charlestonwvcarshow.com and check out www.autoroundup.com for more coverage of events.
Seven Decades Of Porsche Road Racing from Legend Holbert to Rookie Lewis
Q: Hello Greg. I am a 70 year old retired mechanic and I’ve been a lifelong Porsche fan and at one time owned a used Porsche 911. I’d like to know your thoughts on Porsche as a racing legend, as I’ve followed the Porsche road racers since Augie Pabst and Bob Holbert drove them in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
I know Porsche has been a big winner at Lemans and other major forms of racing, but I still like the racing today, especially in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup events, which I attended a few weeks ago at Sebring. Thank you very much for your time. Henry L., enjoying retirement in FL
A: Henry, I’ll get to GT3 Cup by Yokohama in a minute, but I haven’t heard the names Augie Pabst and Bob Holbert in quite a while from a reader. Pabst, he of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer fame, and Holbert, the famous Porsche dealer owner and factory team driver, are two legends indeed who helped push the Porsche brand forward in the formative years. Back then, Porsche won many big road races in underpowered cars thanks to its’ lightweight, superb handling and reliability. Like we used to say with my friends when we went to the races in 1960: “The Corvettes will pass them on the main straightaway, but the Porsches will catch them in the corners and pass them.”
Pabst won the 1964 Road America 500 with co-driver Bill Wuesthoff driving an RS-60, while Holbert (who I saw race many times in person in the early 1960s) was one of four drivers credited with bringing the Porsche brand to national prominence. The other three were Art Bunker, Charlie Wallace and Lake Underwood.
Today, the GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama you mention is one of the most popular all-Porsche racing series in the world, attracting lots of driving talent and team participation. These Porsche 911s are specially built for competition, and attract both factory and independent teams along with great series sponsors, like Yokohama Tire.
As for famous names in the series, good friends and business associates Cary Agajanian and Mike Curb (huge names in American motorsports and the Country Music industry, respectively,) are teaming with three time series champion owner Bob Faieta and his California-based “Competition Motorsports” to field an entry for IMSA/Porsche Scholarship award winner Michael Lewis, a 23-year-old Laguna Beach native.
After several go-kart championships, Michael cut his teeth in big-time Formula motorsports. In addition to racing in Europe and Asia in Formula BMW, Michael’s resume includes earning eight top-10 finishes in 2013 in FIA European Formula 3, one victory and seven podium finishes in 2012 in Formula 3 Euroseries and three victories in 2011 in Formula 3 Italia. These are impressive credentials for a young driver on his way up the ladder, especially considering he knows the business side of racing, too.
On the business side of racing and as a personal disclaimer, I have known Michael since he was an infant. Specifically, his father, Steve Lewis, is a respected publisher and founder of Performance Racing Industry (PRI), including its huge racing trade show and popular monthly magazine, all now owned by SEMA. I have been associated with PRI since 1985, thus my “extra excitement” over what’s going on in GT3 Cup by Yokohama. Additionally, Steve Lewis became famous as a car owner thanks to his championship USAC Midget team “Nine Racing,” which fielded Bob East prepared midgets with noted engine builder Ed Pink and his general manager, Frank Honsowetz, providing horsepower. (Yes, the Ed Pink of drag racing fame and the same Honsowetz that built the winning IRL Infiniti Indy Car engines. Both are involved with the Porsche effort, too.)
In summary, Michael Lewis will drive the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb Records/Eibach 911 GT3 Cup Platinum Cup car this season and is off to a great start. His debut at Sebring, Fl., March 13-14 found him posting two top 10 finishes, eighth and sixth, after coming from deep in a 38 car field. (See www.MJL racing.com for more)
In ending, the next Porsche GT3 Cup race is at Watkins Glen, NY, June 27-28. God willing, I’ll be there.
Thanks for your letter Henry as it easily sparked my interest.
(Greg Zyla is a syndicated auto columnist who welcomes reader questions at 116 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or email him at email@example.com)
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Small Things In Petroliana
For this month I would like to talk about the small things in petroliana.
Most of the gas and oil companies gave out many different kinds of freebies or promotional items to a lot of their customers, kind of like an incentive to ensure that they would return. Some of these things included keychains, watch fobs, and many other things. Because there are so many items for each company it is hard to say that you are done collecting. The Oilzum watch fob is a very rare item to find because Oilzum is such a sought after and collectible company. Things like this don’t come to market very often, and I am proud to own this one. The Mobil pegasus key charm is one of the more common smalls on the market and one of my favorite the company had.
Some other items that are included in the “smalls” category are things that the station attendant would have used to do his job. An example of that is a dipstick with the oil company’s logo or the gas stations name. These were used to check the fuel before the gas gauge was invented. Another item includes the badges and name tags the attendant would have worn on his uniform, they would have looked like the Mobil ones in the picture.
This is what fellow collector Hubba Floughton from Seattle WA has to say about smalls, “I have been collecting gas and oil memorabilia for about 25 years and have accumulated a bunch of smalls. At first, I would sell the littles at swaps and gas bashes but for the past year, I have been holding onto them and making these displays. It came about because I ran out of room for pumps and signs and I think these collages of smalls look neat. Its like mans version of scrapbooking. I basically use shadowboxes I find at thrift stores and mount the items in with a dab of silicone.” The photos of the shadow boxes are some of the displays he has done with the items that he has saved.
The small white box is one that I have put together of some smalls I have gotten.
14th Annual Goodguys Spring Nationals Car Show in Del Mar, California
The 14th Annual Goodguys Spring Nationals Car Show in Del Mar, Californiawas beautiful. Goodguys Rod and Custom held the Goodguys Spring Nationals car show on Apr. 4-6, 2014. Over 2,000 cars and trucks came out over the three days allowing owners and spectators to enjoy the sun, look at some awesome cars and start up the San Diego car scene for another season.
Being in SoCal you would expect plenty of woodies on display and Goodguys set aside an outdoor plaza to showcase some of these special rides. They also invited a select number of low riders for the indoor car show to highlight these special cars and their workmanship.
Plus they still had room for an Auto Cross road course, vendors and children activities. Plus they hosted an engine building contest for high school teams, with Rancho Alamitos High School finishing first in 28:21; a full two minutes faster than the second place team. Can’t wait to see who wins the finals at the SEMA Show.
Goodguys gave out over 75 awards and selected some vehicles to be a finalist for nationwide awards to be issued later in the season at other Goodguys shows.
They selected the “Street Rod d’Elegance Award,” which is limited to those cars displaying at the indoor show and with a model year through 1948. The award was given to Wes Rydell’s 1935 Chevy Phaeton_which had previously won the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award” at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. A classy owner with a classy ride.
After the awards were issued out on Sunday afternoon, everybody has plenty of opportunity to pack up and head home or enjoy the nearby tourist spots. Goodguys Spring Nationals will be back again at Del Mar in April, 2015 so make plans to attend next year in person or check out the balance of their 2014 season at www.good-guys.com.
©2014 Mark C. Bach