By Carolyn Roy, firstname.lastname@example.org
After the slow start to last year’s show due to the threat of nasty weather, Mother Nature seems to be intent on shining on the show Oct. 4-5 in downtown Natchitoches. Main Street Director Jill Leo said more than 375 cars, trucks, buses and vans are expected to participate in the 13th annual show.
More than his love for vintage cars will bring Wayne Lambert to the Natchitoches Classic Car Show this weekend. Lambert lives in Haslet, Texas, but will be returning to the “neat town” where he graduated from Northwestern State in 1992 and was in the university band. Lambert owns three Pontiac GTOs but this weekend will be showing his 1967 Tyrol Blue jewel that he describes as a time capsule.
It’s all-original except for the paint job. Lambert has done most of the interior restoration work himself. He owns two other GTOs including a 1965 convertible and a 1968 model. He discovered his love for vintage vehicles about 15 years ago and especially enjoys working on the engines.
This is Lambert’s fourth year to attend the Natchitoches car show that stirs up good memories of his time here as a student. “I worked for Binky and Teddy Speir at their station on the Interstate when it was brand new. I still keep in touch with them,” Lambert says.
His passion for Natchitoches and NSU carried over when his son came here and graduated from NSU in 2016. Lambert will be traveling with 18 people, representing eight or nine vehicles, from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
“We will get in for the fish fry Friday night and show the cars on Saturday. Then Sunday morning, we will leave for ‘Cruisin’ the Coast.’”
The song says it best. “C’mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out, GTO.”
Events for the car show include participant registration from noon-7 p.m. Friday. Other Friday spotlight events include a poker run from noon-5 p.m. and a fish fry and live music on the downtown riverbank at 5:30 p.m.
The car show kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday and will close at 4 p.m. with award presentations on the riverbank stage. Registration will also continue from 7-11 a.m. Saturday.
Beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, Front Street from Touline Street to Church Street will be closed.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at 6 a.m., Front Street from Touline Street to Pavie Street, Touline Street from Front Street to Second Street, and Second Street from Touline Street to Church Street will be closed.
Streets will remain closed Saturday for the duration of the car show and will reopen once festivities conclude.