The Mingo-Pike Car Club is doing more than bringing the love of cars to the Tug Valley Area. They’re giving back to the community through their activities and fundraisers.
The club hosted their 3rd Annual Indoor Car Show in the Southside Mall on February 1st -3rd. It was a car lovers paradise! With around fifty entrants, everyone was sure to find a favorite.
One of the entrants was nine-year old Tanner Runyon, along with his dad, Michael Runyon. Tanner proudly posed next to his 1942 Plymouth.
“I got him started with cars at a young age. Kids are exposed to so much now, I thought if I get him into something like cars now, he won’t have time to get in trouble later. He won’t have the money for it either if it all goes to his car,” laughed Michael.
The club is involved in many community events throughout the year. They host car shows, cruise-ins, participate in festivals, parades, and Trunk-or-Treat for Halloween.
“We want to get out there and be a part of the community. We want to be a part of what makes our town shine, “said club member, Larry Gannon
Mingo -Pike Car Club loves to give back too. Each year the club sponsors children through the Angel Tree program.
“In 2018, we were able to buy gifts for 48-50 children for Christmas with the money raised during the year. During Trunk-or-Treat we had over 1,000 kids come by our cars. All the money we raise during our events goes back out into the community. Anything we have as a club member, like matching shirts, each member purchases on their own. We don’t keep any of the money for the clubs. We enjoy being able to give back to the children in our area,” said Club President, Claude “Peanut” Bowens.
And the winner is…
As the day wrapped up the club recognized several different categories. Two of the top awards to be given were Best in Show and People's Choice Awards.
Best in Show was awarded to Eugene Runyon for his 1957 Chevy 2-door. People's Choice Award went to J.R. Hannah for his 1957 Chevy Belair.
What about Tanner? He won 1st place in the Mopar division with his 1942 Plymouth. Congratulations to all the winners and owners of these amazing cars! To the Mingo-Pike Car Club- Keep up the good work!
To learn more about the Mingo-Pike Car Club Contact Club President Claude “Peanut” Bowens at 606-353-1381. You can keep up with their activities by following the club on Facebook.