By: Dennis Carol (Frosty)
The 11th annual Charleston WV Rod Run and Doo Wop kicked off its five day festivities on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, with a cruise-in to the local Mardi Gras Casino and Resort for a chance to win one of four $500 random drawings. Registered car owners were given complimentary goodie bags from the casino, including casino cash to gamble with. Sadly, the owner of a ’53 Ford convertible was not so lucky. He struck a deer leaving the parking lot of the casino and it dented up the front his ride somewhat. No one but the deer was hurt.
Thursday formally opened the show in downtown Charleston. Kanawha Boulevard was closed from Leon Sullivan all the way to Magic Island. Over a mile and a half long string of cars lined both sides of the street l along the levy of the Kanawha River. Nearly 1,000 cars showed up for this year’s event, which is the largest car show in the state of West Virginia. The forecast for the show was supposed to be sunny, warm and mild for the entire weekend. However, storms for Hurricane Matthew decided to show up on Friday and Saturday mornings and dampened some of the enthusiasm, but the sun came back out and allowed for all of the afternoon and evening events, fireworks, and concerts to move forward as planned.
Some of the highlights of the show were the 3 free concerts at Haddid Park on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The concerts included up and coming Nashville stars Dave and Whitney and Charleston local band, the Enquirers. XDP, the first diesel powered monster truck, demonstrated how to crush cars on Magic Island once he got his water contaminated fuel problem sorted out. Racers Row featured a former Sox and Martin stock car as well as the annual induction ceremony of the West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame. Local CBS affiliate channel 13 interview both CRO Champ Frosty and show president Jack Jarvis in front of Frosty’s car on Friday night. Frosty was even lucky enough to win the Route 60 poker run with a pair of aces over sevens. The highlight of the show is always the exclusive fireworks show that is put after the final concert on Saturday night. It features having the South Side Bridge lit up with fireworks as part of the show.
The range of cars was fantastic. There were modern muscle cars like Corvettes, Challengers, Camaros and Mustangs, as well as lots of classic cars from all eras.
Gold Eagle provided products for door prizes to both Racers Row and individual door prizes. As a show sponsor, Gold Eagle was able to hand out an award to a lucky car owner. Frosty selected the razor straight black ’66 Pontiac GTO owned by Debbie and Art Lambert of Washington WV. It has a white parchment interior, 4-speed, tri-power 389 and a custom tiger/”Pontiac Excitement” mural under the hood. Thanks to Gold Eagle to help making this show another huge success.
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