The 2017 NAPA Car Show was held on Saturday June 17, 2017 in the parking lot of NAPA of Overgaard and the neighboring plaza to the east. Waking to beautiful sunny skies, 45 car owners participated in the 7th annual show. Owner, Donna Kreiser, shared, “I decided to try something different this year and asked the NAPA vendors to each do a product demonstration. Attendees earned a ticket for each demo they watched and once they had three tickets they got to spin a wheel for prizes.” Who doesn’t love that?
There were some very cool vehicles this year. Longtime resident Larry Dunagan displayed his 1973 Harley-Davidson golf cart that he restored over the past 2.5 years. “There’s only about 50 of these still around,” Dunagan told me. It’s up for sale – call the NAPA store if you’re interested.
We saw everything from new corvettes to the 1933 Essex rebuilt by Jim Adams. You may have seen this interesting vehicle at Trunk or Treat last October all decked out in skeletons. Jim and his brother Steve “Bubba” Adams bought this vehicle together as a project. Soon after, Bubba was diagnosed with a terminal illness and passed soon after. It took Jim several years after that to start work on it, but once he started it took him 1.5 years. It is complete with a “wolf” whistle and lots of really fun accessories.
The Kreisers gave away some great prizes. Lynn Dietrich won the blue tool cart. The other large tool cart was won by car owner Dennis DeGutes who brought his 70-something Gremlin to the event. Oh yeeah – you read that right! They also served up free hot dogs but if you showed up late, it was too late for you as they ran out. It was really good to see John Norsworthy (Santa’s Kids’ Elf for many years) who showed up for lunch, but was one of the unfortunate latecomers who left hungry.
Thanks to NAPA Automotive of Overgaard, and Donna and Fritz Kreiser for putting on another fun event. Thanks also to all of the car owners who came to share their passion for cars. Beautiful work everyone, (except for that one ratty truck.) But beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say…maybe they should cruise down Highway 260 next time, with all the proper permissions, of course. (wink-wink) See you all next year!