August 10, 2006
Reported By: Lee Peck
From classics hot rods to tricked out trucks, hundreds of auto fanatics rolled into Lake Charles this weekend for the 15th annual Midnight Fantasies Car and Truck Show. KPLC's Lee Peck shows us the best of the best rides in show.
Whether you like classics. "I used to have a '55 and a '56 before and I just love the old Chevy's," says Jimmy Leger. "That's why I own a '57 Chevy Belaire."
Or maybe your into low riders. You'll see it all at the Midnight Fantasies Car and Truck Show. You can look all you want, but just don't touch. "This is all original '63 with under 40,000 miles on it," said Chad Stegall, proud owner of a '63 Stingray Corvette.
Stegall says attention to detail is key to winning. "It takes a lot of time and patience for sure. You have to pay a lot of attention to your ride," said Stegall.
Not to mention money. David Vickers has put in both on his '81 Ford custom stepside. Vickers says, "This is my toy. My pride and joy right now."
These toys aren't just for boys. Gayle Davis and her husband have been showing competitively for more than 5 years. "It's something my husband and I do together. We have several cars we work on and take to shows," explains Davis.
Shows that feature the latest in paint job finishes, car interiors and cool light kits -- all to make your wheels stand out from the competition. While paintjobs and shine are important, the judges also check out what is underneath the hood. In this competition that means everything but the kitchen sink.
"This is an '04 Hummer. It has 19 tv's inside, 3 tv's underneath the hood and the rest of them you'll see there's 10 inside two in the back glass of each window and three in the back window alone," explains Mitch Raw with Extensive Metal Works out of Houston, TX.
While most are driven to win, others come to educate. Seargeant James Jones with Lake Charles Police: "I use the car ('77 Chevy Vega Racer) as an educational tool. That is my biggest reason to be hear to let the public know as a city entity we are worried about the safety and outcome of drinking and driving and seatbelt usage."
So how much work does it take to win? Just ask Best of Show Winners Dave and Joy Walker ('40 Willys Coupe). "About two years worth of hard work," says Dave. "And a lot of cleaning," adds Joy.