2014 East Texas Auto & Cycle Show gets underway today

Published on Thursday, 13 February 2014 22:43 - Written by From Staff Reports

The 2014 East Texas Auto & Cycle Show, which benefits the East Texas Crisis Center is scheduled to start today.

The weekend-long event will be held at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler and features antique, vintage, classic and special interest cars, trucks and motorcycles, according to the event’s website.

This year’s collection is a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. The collection spans five decades and will include a 1964 1/2 Mustang convertible that was recently restored by Mustangs of East Texas members.

One of the “by Special Invitation” cars will be the 1965 Aston Martin DB5. Silver DB5’s are best-known for their appearance in early James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.” This particular car is a celebrity on its own, the website states.

The featured DB5 was delivered to George Harrison, of the Beatle’s, brand new on Jan. 1, 1965.

The show includes vehicles of all makes and from every decade, according to the site. A 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury, which was owned since high school by one owner and completely restored eight years ago, was one of the first to enter the event.

The weekend also has entertainment for children and adults.

Matt and Megan Magill will perform a mixture of rock and roll with classic country music, with renditions of Bob Wills and Johnny Cash on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Tyler All-Star Band will entertain with a special brand of 60s rock and roll.

There also is a slot car racetrack for children of all ages.

Attendees will have a chance to take a piece of the car show home. The crisis center has been selling raffle tickets for a white 1966 Mustang convertible with black top and red Pony interior.

The factory Mustang with a GT package boasts a 289 HP motor, is automatic, and has after-market air-conditioning. The original odometer reads 55,000 miles. The vintage Mustang was donated by Tyler Ford for the 11th consecutive year.

Raffle tickets are $10 each, and all proceeds benefit the center, which helps victims of family violence and sexual assault.