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Hundreds Attend East Texas Auto And Cycle Show

The cold and rainy weather didn't stop hundreds of people from packing the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler. This weekend is the 17th annual East Texas Auto and Cycle Show, which benefits the East Texas Crisis Center. Whether you like classic cars, trucks or motorcycles, the show has it all. What's probably even more fun then looking at the automobiles, however, is hearing stories about them from their owners.

From great grandfather, to grandfather, to James Weis and his father, a 1931 Model "A" stayed in the family. "It was the most common car of its era," said car owner, James Weis. "Pretty much every family had one at one point in time. It was kind of the car of the depression era."

A car that's not so common is a 1926 Rolls Royce.  "It's an original, and it's a one of a kind," said car owner Kenneth Godden. "There isn't another one like it." Godden bought his car in England 40 years ago. "It was used strictly for hunting," said Godden. "It was built for hunting on the estate." Godden says right now, the car is mainly used for show. "I used to drive it all the time, but I'm not saying Texans drive like mad people, but it scares me to get on the roads with them."

New to the show this year, the award winning Scorpion 1 Dragster and its driver Bobby Langley who won more than 200 races in it. "We raced it, I'd say in about 15 states around the United States over the years and met lots of people and made lots of friends," said Bobby Langley.

You still have a chance to check out the cars and motorcycles. The show continues tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Admission is $7. Children five and under get in free. All proceeds go toward the East Texas Crisis Center.

Molly Reuter reporting,

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