Unbelievable classics, East Texas Auto & Cycle Show
POSTED: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 10:19pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 5:16am
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — The largest car show in East Texas kicked off on Friday. The East Texas Auto and Cycle Show is held at the Harvey Hall and Convention Center in Tyler February 14-16th, which benefits the East Texas Crisis Center.
It’s a full weekend of Rock’n’ Roll and entertainment. The show features vintage and new cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
Ford Mustang celebrates 50 years. You could find a Ford model from 1964 to 2014 in the showroom. Mustangs of East Texas restored a 64 ½ -year old Mustang.
We spoke to folks that were show their artwork in motion. “What I have here is a 1931, Model A Ford Town Sedan, which was purchased by my grandfather, my mom and dad courted in it,” said Dennis Weis.
Dwayne Peace showed us his 1955 Ford Thunderbird. “It’s fully custom front to rear, it’s got a special motor that has 1150 horse power.”
East Texas Crisis Center Committee member, Robert Owens is showing is 1965 Charcoal, which he’s owned for 10 years.
Attendee, Scott Lieberman tells us about the cars that he appreciates; woody cars, American muscle cars, and Italian cars. While East Texans enjoy the classics they’re at the show for fun and for a great cause. “It’s a great avenue to use our hobby which we enjoy, once a year to help raise money,” said Owens.
Folks purchase a $10 raffle ticket upon entrance. The raffle ticket goes toward a 1966 Ford Mustang; white with a black top and red Pony leather. The mustang will be raffled off on Sunday, Feb.16th.
“David Erwin of Tyler Ford has donated a raffle car for 11 years in a row, donating a car to help us raise money,” said Lana Peacock, Executive Director of the East Texas Crisis Center.
“Last Year raised over $200,000, that’s with the raffle car that’s in the building and the proceeds from everybody coming to the show,” said Owens.
Peacock says it takes a whole community to make the show happen. “It really helps increase awareness in our community of the issues of family violence and sexual assault. We’re told it’s a show to appreciate the Labor of Love all for a good cause.
This years feature car shown at the show is a 1965 Aston Martin DB5, which was owned by George Harrison of the “Beatles”.