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Cobras, Vipers found in Tyler

By Jamey Boyum - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Have you ever wanted to get a close look at a restored Model T? Or, maybe a '69 Dodge Daytona? You NASCAR fans might like to see that one. Well, you're in luck because the 2011 East Texas Auto and Cycle show has rolled into town. And, all the proceeds benefit the East Texas Crisis Center, so just getting in the door is pretty much a donation.

It's back, and it's bigger and badder than ever! Watch as these incredible machines get down and dirty in the MUD PIT!

Okay, it's not really that kind of event. It's actually pretty clean...and shiny. Really shiny like the 1965 427 Cobra S/C. I've never seen a chrome car before..and I guess I still haven't because this is polished aluminum.

The MGA apparently isn't shiny enough for the guy with the wax. And the sparkling Viper is the last one to roll off the production line.

D'Ann and Wayne Raugh also have 53 other Vipers, but that's not all.

"I got like 18 others," D'Ann said.

"You have like two months, don't have to drive the same car," I observed.

"That's right, "she agreed.

"That's what everybody should have," I commented.

"I think so. Mostly us girls."

Ken Smith also has a very rare shiny car. It's so shiny you can almost overlook how ugly it is.

"In order to run NASCAR you had to make 500 street cars. That's why there's only 503 of these made," He stated.

Ken says there's only 322 Dodge Daytonas known to exist today. There could be more, but maybe the owners just keep them behind closed doors.

If you like Model As, you'll be in heaven in this room. They did let one guy in with something else, though. Jim Durnil has a '37 Ford Stake bed Pickup. It's called a stake bed because of the... stakes, which Jim planned himself.

"I just finished it last week. And, it's the second time I've driven it since I got it all together," he told me.

They haven't left out the two-wheelers, either.

Yes, everything shines at the East Texas Auto and Cycle show, except for this one. I wonder why this one isn't finished?

The car show is $12 at the door, and if you spend another ten when you get inside, you could win a brand new Mustang.

But, if you don't win it you still help out the East Texas Crisis Center.

The East Texas Auto and Cycle Show is at Harvey Hall; it runs from 4-9 February 18th, 9-9 the 19th, and 9-4 on the 20th.

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