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Preview: Glory Days Car Show on Camp Bowie

Posted 11:42am on Wednesday, Jun. 04, 2014

On Saturday evening, June 7, the parking lot next to Sutherland’s on Camp Bowie Boulevard West will be packed -- with classic cars, some possibly more than 80 years old, as well as motorcycles, flame-throwing show vehicles and ... well, at last year’s Glory Days Car Show, there was even a classic, souped-up cop car.

The fourth annual show, put on by Camp Bowie District in conjunction with D&D Rockin’ Rods, is a way of honoring the cruising heritage of Camp Bowie Boulevard and the far west Fort Worth known until not long ago as Highway 80 West. The lineup of hot rods, custom cars and vintage pickups will be accomapnied by live music by Jonny Burke. Picasso's Automotive will have a barbecue smoker on-site, and will be serving ribs, hot links and hot dogs.

“Camp Bowie, the boulevard itself, has such a rich history in the idea of the American motorcar,” says Lisa Powers, president of Camp Bowie District. “We hear stories all the time from people who’ve grown up in Fort Worth. It was kind of like ‘The Drag’ during that time. What you did was you got in your car, you started at the bricks and you went all the way down to where it used to be Highway 80.”

Before the Interstate highway system was built, Highway 80, a k a U.S. 80, was also the primary route to and from points west of Fort Worth, which is another part of the boulevard’s history. Powers says people still refer to the stretch as Highway 80, even though the name was officially changed to Camp Bowie West more than a decade ago.

“Camp Bowie West is still a very auto-intensive area,” Powers says, “with car dealerships and businesses that deal in car parts or repair. You see signs from motels that are kind of from that ‘Route 66’ time. It’s kind of a collage of celebrations of the American motorcar.”

The 2013 show featured about 180 classic cars, which drew a crowd of gawkers and car enthusiasts. Powers says the show also helps raise the profile of a part of Camp Bowie Boulevard that some people might not think of as often as they do the “Bricks” portion that runs through the Cultural District and nearby points in Fort Worth.

About 40 People’s Choice Awards will be given out at the show, including: Best of Show, Glory Days Choice, Best Work in Progress, Special Interest Cycle and Best Late Model.

The show is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at 8000 Camp Bowie West, next to Sutherland’s in far west Fort Worth. Admission is free; if you have a car you want to show there’s a $15 registration fee. To register, contact D&D Rockin’ Rods at info@ddrockinrods.com. Car entries can also be registered at the event.

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