2016 Wheels 'n' Deals winners announced

Pictured: Cars lining Dewey Avenue in Poteau at Saturday's Car Show.
By: 
Amanda Corbin
News Reporter

Seventy show-vehicles participated in the Wheels 'n' Deals Car Show held Saturday in Poteau.

A burnout contest with Street Addicts was held Friday evening at Bud's in Poteau. Cruise Night, also held Friday, saw the former Wall's store and Strike-A-Lot Lanes parking lot full of vehicles.

"Cruise Night was the biggest Cruise Night we've ever said," said Historic Downtown Poteau Director Eric Standrridge. HDP put on the event with assistance from the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

Best of Show went to Butch and Denise Gilyard for their 1937 red Ford Woody. Winners in the Original Restored/Slightly Modified Cars and Trucks category: 1900-1939, Jim Huaspeth; 1940-1962, Carl and Tracye Cox; 1963-1983, Samual Green; 1984-1998, Dale Lairamore; 1999-present, Amber Mills. For Custom/Modified Cars category: 1900-1954, Jim Hudspeth; 1955-1980, Lisa and Kenny Horn; 1981-present, Justin Fowley. For Custom/Modified Trucks: 1900-1954, Joe Dewoody; 1955-1980, Dan and Pat McGhee; 1981-present, Jim Bowman. Best Special Interest went to Butch and Denise Gilyard, Best Jeep to Todd Cauthron, Best Rat Rod to Vinny Roberts and Best Under Construction to Lyndal Ritter.

In the Bike Show, winners included Pat Weldon, John Schafer, Clay Mayhew and Maria Van Dyke,

Jean Hendicks of Oxford, Kan., won Longest Distance for a 290-mile trek to the show. Best Club Participation went to "Mud Sluts," People's Choice to Joe Dewoody, Best Paint to Gary Samuels and Best engine to Lisa and Kenny Horn.

Judges included Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen, Poteau Fire Chief John Pickle and Billy Spearman with SideWinder Signs. The competition was judged on a number scale for points with several categories, including exterior-paint-glass, interior, engine, tires and wheels, overall cleanliness, attention to detail and more.

You can see pictures from the Car Show and Burnout Contest posted to our photo gallery page.

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