Mike Cobb, of Tyler, brought a rare 1982 German kit car to the Hit the Bricks Auto and Cycle Show in downtown Tyler on Saturday. Only about 500 were built in Indiana from 1977 to 1982, all handmade. Instead of having doors, the car has a hatch that opens and closes and comes down.
It was modeled after a Ferrari and got a lot of attention during the show. Cobb said, “It’s a great conversation starter. Everybody wants to ask questions about it.”
Tim McGrath, of Oakhurst, brought a 100-year-old motorcycle. An aging friend sold it to McGrath to ride every day, take care of it, have fun with it and show it to people.
McGrath said he loves going to car shows and has found that “the people you meet are the best and you hear about their car.”
Lynn Lusk, of New Chapel Hill, brought a 1941 Ford pickup that has been in the family since his father bought it new in 1941.
Lusk claimed it is better than a new car and keeps it for the memories, such as riding as a youngster in the back to his grandmother’s house in Bullard every Saturday. He said, “In those days, you could ride in the back and you didn’t get in trouble.”
Stewart and Debbie Dodson, of Paris, drove to Tyler on Saturday just to see the show. She said, “We came because he is a car lover and it’s a good show.” He observed that the show featured “a good variety of vehicles” and that “the thing about car people is they are usually nice people too, good and friendly to visit with.”
Sherry Williams, of Kilgore, said she and her husband, who has a bunch of antique cars, go around to car shows to see what’s different from what they have. She described the Tyler show as “real nice.”
Owners of classic cars, trucks and cycles as well as people walking around looking at the vehicles streamed into Tyler’s downtown square for the Hit the Bricks Auto and Cycle Show, many glad that wind provided relief from hot sunshine and taking advantage of shade provided by trees.
Restored cars, trucks and cycles lined all sides of the square. Hit the Bricks features a different event on the second Saturday of each month featuring different things to do, bringing downtown alive with entertainment, food, shopping and other activities offered by downtown businesses.
Juven Montelongo, of Tyler, was accompanied to the car show by his two sons, ages 11 and 7. He said, “It’s a family event and a pretty day and (there are) beautiful cars out here today. We love cars.”
Similarly, Jeremy Stone, of Tyler, came with his three children and father. He said he wanted to get the kids out of the house and walk around and look at the pretty cars. He particularly liked a Corvette and Mustangs on display.
As Larry and Jan Jones, of Tyler, strode about, she exclaimed, “The show is fabulous. We love old cars. I saw two or three I would like to buy. It’s fun to see the renovations they’ve done to them and the money they’ve put into them. I love the different styles of upholstery.”
Bill Skillern, of Dallas, displayed a bluish green 1972 Corvette. He pounced on the opportunity to buy the car two and a half years ago because it is the same model as the year he graduated from high school and he had always wanted a Corvette.
Putting the Corvette in the car show, Skillern said, gave people the opportunity to see a car that’s 47 years old.
Broderick McGee, of Tyler, entered in the show a 1957 Chevrolet truck that he found had been sitting in a field at Big Sandy for 25 years with a tree growing up through the bed. He has been working on restoring the truck for about three years.