Old cars sweet memories
By Joe Starkey
Arrow Ford FestBy Joe StarkeyCar enthusiasts and history buffs came together at Arrow Ford on Saturday, June 4, 2005 to admire over 100 Ford and Mercury cars ranging from brand new Ford muscle cars to 1920 Model Ts. This was the 7th year that Arrow Ford sponsored the show. They provided free entry, T-Shirts, lunch and ten raffle prizes for the car owners. A crowd estimated between 4,000 and 5,000 walked the lot enjoying the cars and the free band.David Randall, President of the Abilene Model A Ford club expressed his appreciation to Arrow Ford for providing a show place for his club and other Ford and Mercury owners. The Model A Club meets the 1st Monday of each month at the Whitten Inn at 7PM. Anyone interested in the preservation of old cars are welcome. The members help each other out working on their cars and he remarked that there are people in the club with knowledge about cars that you can’t find in books. The Model A Club members visit rest homes as one way to share their fun. “We take the old cars and visit the people in the rest homes, and they reminisce and tell us stories of how they used to cuddle in the jump seats or use them to smuggle friends into the drive-in theaters.”Eddie Sotelo and his family brought his 1962 Chevy Impala to the show but had to park outside the fence as Chevys are not Fords and so his car was not invited despite its age and excellent condition. His father bought the car brand new and gave it to him in 1980 when he was four years old. His family, Lisa, Breanna, Angie and Christina made the outing to enjoy the classic cars.The car drawing the most laughs was Tim Eyssen’s 1924 “junker” pickup truck complete with long johns and corset drying on a clothesline rigged from the front window to the bed.Chaplin Effson Bryant from Dyess AFB and his children, Zilcia and Brewington worked their way thru the show guided by Arrow Ford salesman, Reverend Iziar Lankford who is also the Pastor of Plum Street United Methodist Church. Both stated they really enjoyed the show and it had been lots of fun especially when older people came thru remembering their cars and the times they had in them. Chaplin Bryant will be leaving Dyess AFB and Abilene for schooling in the Ft. Hood, TX area and wished to say farewell to the people of Abilene and thank them for the kindness shown him and his family.