A monthly Hot Rod Day is hosted at Shields Mountain BBQ, located at 1010 Highway 110 North, and December’s show was held Saturday, Dec. 2. Classic vehicle owners, some of whom are members of the Copperhead Row car club, get together to show off their cars and trucks and “talk shop.”
Dean and Sherry Freeman of Tyler are members of Copperhead Row and were in Whitehouse to participate in the Christmas parade the same morning of the car show.
“Copperhead Row is a group of car guys,” stated Dean. “We find somewhere to eat, go to shows, or pick a place on Saturdays and drive when there is no show.”
The Freemans own a 1969 Chevrolet pickup that he bought while in high school.
“He was treating me to air conditioning,” Sherry said of the truck.
Gary and Resa Roberts of Troup were present with a 1970 Ford Fairlane 500 Roberts says he has owned for 11 years.
“I’ve always been a Ford guy,” Roberts stated. “I’ve been in 11 or 12 car shows this year.”
Those shows range from Canton to Bullard, according to Roberts.
While Resa attends the shows with her husband, she says she always brings along a book or magazine to read while her husband “talks cars” with other owners.
A 1966 Galaxy 500 owner, Michael Holms, was there with his wife Colleen. Holms says he has owned his vehicle only since 2013.
“I bought it as a restoration project for me and one of my boys,” said Holms.
He, too, considers himself a Ford guy listing a number of Ford vehicles he has owned including 1958 Ford truck and a 1967 Mustang.
The car show at Shields Mountain BBQ is usually held the third Thursday of each month according to attendees Michael and Colleen Holms.