The car that will be the highlight of the East Texas Crisis Center’s annual Auto and Cycle show is George Harrison’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5.
“This is a big deal for this car to be in our show,” said Lana Peacock, executive director of the Crisis Center. “One of our committee members suggested it and said, ‘It would be a long shot,’ so we are thrilled.”
The 24th annual car show will be Feb. 14 through 16 this year. The show features vintage, classic and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles from every decade.
This year’s special car collection will be a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Beginning with a 1964 1/2 Mustang recently restored by the Mustang Club of East Texas, the collection will represent a timeline of each generation of Mustangs.
The owner of the Aston Martin, an anonymous Houston collector, made global news in 2011 when he won the international bidding war for the legendary Beatle’s sports car at a London auction.
He is bringing the car to Tyler to help raise money for the East Texas Crisis Center, which has become a haven for thousands of victims of family violence, sexual assault and violent crime in five East Texas counties.
The silver Aston Martin DB5s are perhaps best known for their appearance in early James Bond films, such as Goldfinger and Thunderball.
“The DB5’s first movie appearance immediately launched the car into permanent dream car status, which led George Harrison to immediately purchase one of the iconic cars,” a statement said.
The car is supplied in platinum silver with black Connolly leather, and was packed with all conceivable top-of-the-range options, and remains in largely original condition today. The total production from 1963 to 1965 was only 1,023. The car has a Magnesium-alloy body, weighing in at 3,310 pounds. It is a five-speed with 282 horsepower, and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 145 mph.
The car show also includes a raffle car, a 1966 Mustang convertible, donated by Tyler Ford. The Mustang is white with a black top and red Pony interior. Raffle tickets are $10 and the winner will be drawn at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the car show. The winner does not need to be present to win.
The show also features live entertainment Saturday and Sunday with performances by Matt and Megan Magill and the Tyler All-Star Band.
Members of the Tyler All-Star Band are Robin Hood Brians, who graduated from Tyler High School in 1957; Ronnie “Mouse” Weiss, who graduated from John Tyler High School in 1959; Larry Stanley, who graduated from John Tyler High School 1962; Dave Stanley, who graduated from John Tyler High School in 1963; Ronny Anderson, who graduated from Robert E Lee High School in 1966; Terry Sides Anderson, who graduated from John Tyler High in 1964; and Anne Johns McKnight, who graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1964. All of the members have made a name for themselves as individual musicians and as a group, Mrs. Peacock said.
The car show will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16.
Tickets are $10 for adults; children under 12 get in for free. Visit www.autoandcycleshow.com for more information.