SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - It was a car lover's dream in Sulphur at the third annual Stars and Stripes in the Park Classic Car Show. While they came to show off their rides they were also showing their patriotism as the nation is set to remember September 11th.
"The main thing is where were you that day? Were you shocked, were you stunned when this happened... this attack on our freedoms. We are just remembering all the people who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom," said Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan.
More than 400 car enthusiasts rolled into Sulphur's Heritage Square. From classic Corvette to low riders and everything in between there was a lot of rides you don't see every day like a shiny Rolls Royce.
Jim Tilley owns two classics - a Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda. Tilley said it's a fun but expensive hobby.
"The Dodge is real expensive every time you go the track. Don't tell my wife how much it is though," said Tilley.
For Tilley the biggest reward is knowing he did all the restoration work himself.
"It's kind of bragging rights. I say whenever you take something and redo it to look like it comes from the showroom floor," said Tilley.
The other half of the fun is sharing car stories with others who can appreciate it.
"We've always been car people all our lives. We've always had a race car or a show car," said Roy Guidry. "And we love coming out to the car shows with the family and visiting with the other car people."
The owner of a '33 Ford, Guidry knows all about the blood, sweat and tears that goes into getting a classic ready for show. But in terms of love bugs Guidry said there is no worries here.
"We are not driving through that stuff. We carry the car in a trailer. So no bugs here. That car has never been wet. It's three years old and it has never been wet. I have a son who keeps it waxed up so all you got to do is take and wipe it down," explained Guidry.
Grant Gray, 8, does more than just ride his car around for show.
"This is a Junior Dragster. We race them. My brother's goes 75 miles per hour and mine goes 50 miles per hour," said Gray.
From four wheels to two - motor cycles were also on display. Dago's Custom Paint showed off two of their finest.
"We have one bike that is in the theme of the Johnny Cash song 'Ghost Riders in the Sky' and this other bike belongs to a North Carolina fan obviously. These are his colors - this is what he likes," said Shonda LeFevre, Dago's Custom Paint & Cycles.
LeFevre said whether you take home a title or not auto fans can appreciate the hard work and effort put into each one of these rolling pieces of art.
"Your particular motorcycle or car is almost like your trophy. It's your own personal style that you can be proud of," said LeFevre.