2011 38th Annual Street Rod Reunion. An Article by Richard B. Clark, Cruisin Style Magazine, Issue 187.
It was a huge success and such a fun car show to attend. The Red River Street Rod Association hosted a fantastic event at Boomtown Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, Louisana on April 9th, 2011. It actually started the Fri. night before and many attendees were already there for the kickoff with special room rates at the Casino Hotel. Mr. Gattis furnished pizza that night. The show is for vehicles at least 30 years old.
It’s all about location this time; at least that’s a big part of it. The Casino provided a great place for the event and the buffet food was fantastic. Located Just off I20, the cars could be seen from the interstate and parked in front of the hotel. The RRSRA is a veteran car club that is very much involved in their show. The move to the Casino was a coordinated effort between Boomtown and the car club that pleased everyone.
The club cars parked on the hill overlooking the Casino and the participants parked in a designated area close to an outdoor stage. From up on the hill, it really looked packed, But there’s room for expansion also.
Kim Henderson, the DJ belted out the music, lots of door prizes, an auction, free t-shirts & lunch buffet to the first 100 participants, cash prizes to the pre and post ’49 vehicles, 50/50 pot, shuttles to the famous Louisana boardwalk, live entertainment by Chelsey Wiggens of West Monroe, LA, games, NSRA inspections, the actual Dale Earnhart #3 Monte Carlo racer and lots of fun. When the Dale Earnhart racer cranked up, it drew a crowd of enthusiasts.
There was a project ’54 Chevy station wagon for the Shreveport/Bossier City Rescue Mission that is being restored. The proceeds from the show, which were over $5400 this year, go to this mission. The RRSRA are working on the station wagon with the help of Mr. Dick Nelson of Nelson Engineering; a major sponsor. There were several sponsors for the show, and are greatly appreciated.
A crowd of folks milled around and some very impressive cars and trucks were there. There were several T-buckets from as far Away as Mississippi and they are always a welcome sight. Pure fun to drive and a group had come in just for this show. The farthest driven vehicle of all kinds was from OK. Several awards were given out in the afternoon. Best of Show was Robert Gathright with his ’55 Chevy.
The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the new location. When we got there Sat. morning, we heard lots of bragging on the food in the Casino and their hospitality. Hamburgers were available for lunch from Casino personnel if you wanted, and they gave the money to the club for the Rescue Mission the show sponsors.
We waited until after the show to use our buffet meal tickets and oh my; was it ever good eating! We drove back to Texas with a full stomach and glad we were able to attend this show. Put this one on your calendar for April. You’ll enjoy it. It’s well organized, a beautiful setting and there’s much to see in the area also.