Organizers consider the first Fall Tour and “Art of the Car” exhibit a success.
There were 65 attendants and 27 cars from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas and New York. There were Overland, Willys, Velie, Ford, Chrysler, Essex, Moon, Hudson, Chevrolet, Diamond T, Whippet, Dodge Brothers, and Studebaker vehicles ranging in age from 1910-1967 at the Ouachita Arts Celebration, “Art of the Car” exhibit held in the Downtown Arts District on North Mena Street.
The host hotel was Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, which was a huge hit for those who stayed there. The Fall Tour was a ride over the mountain tops of the scenic Talimena Drive and down to the Heavener Runestone Park. The car owners also stopped off at the Heavener grade school where they got to share their automobiles with 120 children, which was a highlight of the trip for many of the proud car owners.
Award winners were Top WORK (Willys Overland Knight Registry) Vehicle – Don and Fern Tremelling from Wills Point, Tex. with their 1929 Willys Knight Model 70B Sedan. People’s Choice went to Calvin and Virginia Buchanan of Decatur, Tex. with their 1937 Hudson Terraplane. The Going the Distance Award was presented to Jerry and Betty Rouchka from Carmel, New York.
Vintage Tin Restorations, a local company, expressed their appreciation to the Southwest Chapter of the WORK organization for having their Fall meet and being the anchor of this particular tour. They also expressed their gratitude to the businesses who donated and helped bring the event to fruition in Mena as part of the Ouachita Arts Celebration.