The cars began rolling in to the 50’s Roadhouse in Knights Ferry early Saturday morning for the third annual Car and Motorcycle show hosted by American Veterans First proprietor, Duke Cooper. The car show began at 10 a.m. and had over 200 guests canvassing the event throughout the day viewing the marvelous treasures from the 30’s, 40’s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
There were approximately 80 cars and over 10 motorcycles on display for guests to view.
“We had 150 tri tip sandwiches that we barbequed and sold and summer sausage Lockeford links,” said Cooper. “It was a great time, a lot of food, great music from Steven Brown Productions. We had about $2,000 worth of raffle gifts that we gave away on Saturday.”
From the ‘37 Chevrolet that Cooper described as gorgeous and the ‘72 El Camino’s to the ‘55 Chevys, there were a variety of rides to see.
“It was a great turnout,” stated Cooper. “We really had a lot of awareness for our veterans and 100 percent of every dollar we raised is going to go back out to help local veterans in the area.”
At the very beginning of the event there was a flag raising and the singing of the National Anthem. Just as the singer was finishing the anthem the flag hit the top of the pole. The guests turned and recited the pledge of allegiance. Then all the hymns from all the branches the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps were played and each veteran stepped out for their hymn and were introduced to the crowd.
“We had about 30 that came forward and then I introduced them and said ladies and gentlemen, these are your warriors that make it possible for you to walk free today,” expressed Cooper. “So don’t be afraid to grab their hand and shake it. It was very cool.”
Cooper raised money for the Knights Ferry Church when he initially started the event and the two after that were to raise money and awareness for veterans.
There were people from all over supporting the veterans at the car and motorcycle show. There were awards given for best pick-up and best motorcycle as well as a cash award for the custom-made rat rods.
“We did great,” added Cooper. “I have no complaints. It was a fun day. I got to meet a lot of cool people and hang out all day.”