Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

October 1, 2013

Crazy Cruisers to wind through town


Mineral Wells Index

— By CLINT FOSTER



When the 34th annual Crazy Water Festival begins on Oct. 11, it will be kicked off in style for the third year in a row with the vintage Car, Truck and Bike Crazy Cruise around Mineral Wells.

AMVETS Post 133 will host the four-mile cruise again this year, which will start at 6 p.m. in West City Park, drive down West Hubbard Street, turn east on U.S. Highway 180 and loop around the Dairy Queen at 2601 East Hubbard before finishing at the Mineral Wells First Baptist Church parking lot on S.W. 5th Avenue.

The cruise is free to participate or watch and will feature a police escort. All participants will receive a dash plaque to display in their car or wherever they choose.

“It’s just a fun cruise and a way to kick off the festival,” AMVETS Post 133 Commander Jim Vines said. “It’s available to anyone that’s got a vehicle that runs, that won’t break down during the four-mile cruise.”

The cruise is mostly limited to classic or custom-built vehicles, but Vine said special modern vehicles are also welcome – he is expecting a 2010 Mazarati in this year’s cruise. Vines also said vehicles that advertise local businesses are also welcome in the parade through Mineral Wells.

Vines said he first got the idea for a car cruise on a visit to Michigan in the mid ‘90s. While in Detroit, he saw one of the largest classic vehicle cruises in the nation. It shut down the whole city along U.S. Highway 24 and many people sat out in lawn chairs to enjoy the parade. Vines said this is ultimately his vision for the Crazy Cruise.

The cruise’s endpoint, at First Baptist Church, was strategically chosen because after the cruise concludes, the Crazy Water Festival kickoff will continue with a concert at the historic outdoor amphitheater behind the Little Rock Schoolhouse right across the street.

On the next day, Oct. 12 AMVETS will continue the classic car fun with their fourth annual Car, Truck and Bike Show on the corner of N.W. 4th Street and U.S. Highway 281 as part of the Crazy Water Festival.

Registration will be open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a free lunch provided by Mr. Jim’s Pizza for all participants at noon and an awards ceremony at the end of the show at 3 p.m.

There is a $20 entry fee for the car show, which covers a free T-shirt, the free lunch, awards and another dash plaque for all participants.

This year’s show marks the first with a title sponsor – O’Reilly Auto Parts – who will also sponsor the cruise. An independent judging team will name award-winners in 16 categories this year, including decade winners, best in show, special interest, best engine and more.

The car show will also feature Addiction Recovery Ministries’ yellow ‘23 Coupe Roadster, which they will raffle off to raise money for their newly opened women’s center.

For more information on the cruise, car show or how to register, contact Vines at 940-445-0734 or by email at jim.helpingveterans@gmail.com.

Vines thanks the many businesses that support AMVETS’ ventures, including supplying products for their fundraising raffles at the car show. Vines said the sponsors are the following:

• Parts Plus.

• Radio Shack.

• Double H Tire.

• Performance Detail.

• Kwik Kar.

• Mountaineer Lanes.

• Awesome Blossom.

• Napa.

• Real Deal Tire.

• Auto Zone.

• Stripes & More.

• A&K Muffler.

• Garrett’s.

• Cellular World.

• A to Z.

• Sutherlands.

• Penny’s Flowers.

• Texas Best Donuts.

• Smart Looks.

• Cole’s Flowers.

• Smitty’s.

• Pizza Hut.

• Dominos.

• Randy’s Service Center.

• Powell Ford.

• Car Colors.

• Western Auto.

• Tractor Supply Co.

• Sears.

“These businesses continue to be supportive of our venture each year,” Vines said. “Without their support, we couldn’t reach our financial goals to help within the community, give back to veterans and support the less fortunate youth.”