Ronnie and Sheila Granger of Sulphur say Natchitoches has one of the best venues for a car show in the country. They should know, they travel across the continent attending and showing their four classics. They’ll be driving their 1956 Chevrolet station wagon to Natchitoches for the 13th Annual Classic Car Show. While Sulphur to Natchitoches may seem like a long trip for a ’57, that is only a hop, skip and jump for this wagon.
The Grangers just returned from a 3,000 mile, 10-day trip. “We went to Louisville, Ky., to a show that had 10,000 cars, then we went to see the Ark, then went to Virginia to visit friends and made our way to Bowling Green, Ky., for the Tri-Five Show,” Ronnie said. Tri-Five refers to the 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevrolet automobiles, in particular, the 150, 210, Bel Air and Nomad. “We saw Ronnie Poche from Natchitoches there and his car was chosen in the Top 25,” Ronnie said. “There were probably 3,000 cars in that show.”
Granger purchased the station wagon two years ago after seeing it advertised on Ebay in Conroe, Texas. He said it had been restored by a previous owner about eight years ago when a big block Chevy engine was installed along with an automatic transmission and new paint. He kept those restorations in tact. He said it needed mechanical work on minor things like steering and brakes and once that was complete he hit the open road. Granger said he got into classic cars like most of the generation of the 60s.
“Cars were a big part of young men’s lives then. They were the things you wanted and couldn’t afford then.” He said now that the kids are grown he can pursue his interests and get the cars he wanted back then. He also has a ’64 Buick Riviera, a ’62 Chevrolet Corvette and a ’52 Chevy truck.
Following the Natchitoches show they will travel to the Cruising the Coast show in Biloxi, Miss. Ronnie and Sheila will reconnect with old friends Friday and Saturday in Natchitoches at the show and fish fry. He worked in Taft, just outside New Orleans, at a plant when he met some NSU graduates that also worked there. They became good friends and have many trips to Kisatchie for hunting and camping through the years. “Through them we also met other good friends,” he said.
Sheila said she especially appreciates all the work put in by Sandra Dickens to make the show so nice and welcoming. “We love the town and it’s people,” Ronnie said.