Coastal A’s and Rods 11th Annual Fun Run -- Corpus Christi
I can’t think
of a better way to spend a holiday weekend than enjoying the old
car hobby with a great group of fellow car enthusiasts. This
past Memorial Day weekend was the Coastal A’s 11th annual Fun Run at the Holiday Inn
Airport in Corpus Christi.
brought in 216 cars from as far away as Bakersfield,
California. Everything from newer stock Mustangs and Camaros to
classic hot rods and cruisers were on display during this
three-day event. Friday night, we all cruised down to Snapka’s
Drive Inn restaurant where a mini-car show took over the
neighborhood. There were several cars at this gathering that we
never saw at the show, including some Pro-modified race cars.
There was also a large assortment of motorcycles at Snapka’s.
morning dawned with many late arrivals showing up to register.
This is when the parking lot really filled up. Games were
played throughout the day including the push-rod drop, lifter
toss, washer toss, nut and bolt race, and the always
crowd-pleasing commode races. Many
door prizes were awarded as well as a silent auction for donated
items. Proceeds from the sale of t-shirts, drawing and raffles
were donated to a local charity, the Coastal Bend Youth City.
NSRA representatives were on hand to perform safety inspections
during the event. Participants also had access to a special
shuttle that went to Padre Staples Mall for shopping.
At 4:00 pm
many of us lined up for a caravan through Corpus Christi to the
Flagship boat cruise on Corpus Christi Bay. This one-hour
cruise was included in the registration fee. At 8:30 the
Holiday Inn Banquet Room was rockin’ to the tunes of Corpus
Christi’s own Aloha Dave and the Touristers for a special 50’s
dance party which lasted into the wee hours.
musical services were preformed by Bob and Barbara Clawson who
drove in with a 1940 Ford hot rod. An event which we had been
anticipating since arrival was the Poker Run, which turned out
to be a real disappointment. The organizer of this event
decided to change the format into a “Poker Walk.” This was a
walk around to the different vendors in the swap meet area of
the parking lot to collect playing cards with the best hand
winning the pot. Needless to say, participation was low. I
feel that this part of the weekend event was misrepresented
since all the literature stated that it was going to be a poker
run. Well, a traditional poker run is done by driving our
classic cars to pre-determined locations and collecting cards to
make up a poker hand, returning to base to present the hand and
finding out who won. Hopefully next year, a true ‘poker run’
will be offered.
our weekend hosted by the Coastal A’s and other than the “poker
walk” fiasco, the event was a success.
Fun Run will be May 28-30, 2004. For more information contact
Bryan or Patsy Craven at 361-993-3839 or email:
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