Road Gems’ 25th car show coming in 2014
Bring on the 25th!
After seeing what new wrinkles the Road Gems Car Club has come up with for its first 24 Last Fling ‘til Spring Car Shows, we eagerly await the 25th shebang, which will take place the third Sunday of September, 2014 (Sept. 21).
The Road Gems this year put on another dandy, aided by a break in the clouds mid-morning. The weather and club’s organization led to another relaxing afternoon for people to stroll the streets and pick out their dream car, truck or motorcycle.
Organization is a key to the show’s success, and vehicle owner after vehicle owner said it’s one reason they keep coming back. And it may be what prompts Gregg and Debbie Lewis of Canada to return with their 1929 Ford Tudor. Scott told us he’s been to several shows – some bigger, but none as well organized.
The show is one of the city’s main drawing cards each year. It’s economic development, bringing thousands of guests to town. When here they buy food, gas and hopefully some other merchandise from local businesses. Some of the food, of course, is peddled by vendors not from West Point who enjoy setting up shop on Main Street. They like it so much they keep coming back...But those food sales are subject to the sales tax, so even some of that revenue stays local.
Simply put, the “Last Fling” has had a remarkable run of success. It will be tough for the Road Gems to top what they already have, but come back a year from now, because we know the best is yet to come.
But they could use help...
The Road Gems do go to great lengths to put on a quality show, but the time has come for the club to recruit a bit of help. None of the club members are growing younger, and some members have moved or are no longer as active as before.
The club is open to new members, and you don’t have to be a fancy vehicle owner to join. You don’t even need to know a grease gun from a tire rod. The club meets on the second Wednesday of every month (site varies), and meetings usually get underway about 7:30 p.m. and get over around 9 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. To learn more, visit www.roadgems.com, or call Jay Vogltance, Wes Schultzkump, Fritz Feyerherm or Doug Peterson.
No monster trophy, but...
Speaking of winners... We are happy to report that for the third straight year the West Point News has been recognized among” the best of the best” weekly newspapers.
In 2012 and 2011, the West Point News was the National Newspaper Association’s 1st place General Excellence winner for weekly newspapers in its circulation division. Saturday night the 2013 winners were announced in Phoenix, and the West Point News received the 2nd place General Excellence award. First place this year went to the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, Angel Fire, NM, a sister publication of the Taos News, which placed second in the largest weekly division.
The judges’ said this about the West Point News: “This paper shines! Though we judged the West Point News second place, it was in most respects as good as the first-place winner. It shouts community. It’s unusual to see a paper with so many faces, done so well.”