The annual Bryans “Old Rip” Car Show comes around pretty quick each year it seems. As always, the entries were plentiful and awesome to see. The weather for the day started out a bit rainy but as soon as opening ceremonies were concluded, the rains stopped for the duration of the show. Crystal Maston Darr, Praise & Worship Director at The River of Life Church, sangGod Bless America to open up the show. Bryan then stated appreciation for his customer base and employees for their continued support that allows for such continued events. For the first time ever, the 23 year old show started with a live band The EXIT 343 Band and what a treat it was. The band performed off and on throughout the day with very fitting music. There were many special happenings throughout the show including none other than the Blue Brothers, direct from Chicago . If you missed this, the brothers were in the famous Blues mobile and were actually chased into the show by the Eastland Police Dept officers Saylor and Rasberry. But they were allowed to perform 3 songs and take pictures with the crowd before their arrest. Continental Battery Company was on hand to cook for the show entrants and served up some 250 burgers for the hungry show goers. Just shy of 1PM started the 3rd running of the Bryans National Dog Show that has become a fun part of the annual car show. Many K9’s were on hand to take their shot at stardom and show off their skills. Eastland Animal Control Officer Ken Knowles was on hand to maintain doggie order. This year saw Boscoe, a Golden Retriever Lab, took Most Obedient Dog which was a 100% turn around from last year as his award last year as Most Disobedient. Owner Jeanette Barton was very proud and apparently has been working with Boscoe very hard. This fun part of the event was followed by the ground pounding, which is where all the hot rods, race cars, and loud vehicles start their engines simultaneously and make a lot of noise. Loud simply does not describe this part of the event as you can feel the power coming from these engines.
James T Wright was on hand and recognized and awarded once again with the only “Perfect Attendance” award as he has made each and every event for 23 years since 1986. Mayor Mark Pipkin was on hand with his Honda Goldwing motorcycle and during a short interview was praised for not only helping to have the largest motorcycle count ever at the events, but also giving of himself to continually serve the Eastland community. It was quite a sight to see all the trophies as one thing the Bryans show is known for is awarding every entrant with a trophy. Another regular for all show goers are the goodie bags. They are packed with many things like notepads, pens, event decals, tickets to areas happenings like the Leon River Cowboy Church Bull Riding, Sonic Community cards, brochures about Eastland, phone books and Koozies from Area-Wide, and much much more. There were also some 25 special license plate awards given from comical to serious including “I Can’t Believe You Drove That Here” to “Most Junky” to “Best Paint” to “Oldest Entry”. Best Club Award went to the DFW Smart Car Club that was on hand and the “Longest Drive Award” went to Ali Bahr from East Dallas . “Peoples Choice” went to Eastland’s Seth Edwards with his 74 Pontiac Lemans while “Best of Show” was awarded to Carlton Stacy from Ft Worth with his 57 Chevrolet Bel-Air. The Best of Show was voted on only by Car Show entrants while the People Choice was voted on by spectators. The final award presented was “Bryans Pick” and it went to Charles Patterson from Breckenridge with his 70 Chevy Pickup. As advertised, the show ended at 2:30, but only to go directly into a special Sonic Drive-In of Eastland Cruise. Approximately 50 cars and bikes assembled and cruised through the town to Sonic where they received ice cream, drinks, and some cool free stuff from Coca Cola. It was a treat in itself to see the streets of Eastland entangled with yesterday’s vehicles that looked like they just pulled off the showroom floor.
Even with the inclement weather and car shows in Coleman, Abilene and Ft Worth, the Bryans Car Show still boasted well over 100 head turning entries. Many drawings and giveaways took place throughout the day and was yet another way to create a few more smiles at the FREE event.
If you’ve not had the opportunity to be involved with a Bryans event yet, make it a priority to do such. Some of the most popular Bryans events other than the FREE Bryans “Old Rip” Car Show, is the FUN for FREE event held on the 3rd Friday of April at their business location of 925 E Main in Eastland, This event also has a Car Show and the 50% to 70% off WIX Farm Days Filter Sale and Customer Appreciation Day. They also do Insane Saturdays in August where everything on every Saturday is discounted with $50 dollar cash drawings and free donuts each and every Saturday. The 4th Saturday in August is the gigantic Parking Lot Tent Tool & Stuff Sale.
When Bryan and wife Tina were asked about the event, they stated that they were very excited to once again have a successful event. “It’s always fun to see everyone at the show” said Bryan . “We were very Blessed to have had the rain hold off for the show. We tried several new things this year and we’ve seen a lot of smiles. I really enjoy that we can do this together as not only family, but employees, friends and community. It takes so much to do it, but there is so much reward for having a small part in it. All of our guys and girls at Bryans Auto Supply, Computers and Signs work hard to make these events happen and I can’t thank them enough”.