Rain initially washed out the Oldie & Goodie Classic Car Show, which was scheduled for Sept. 16 but had to be scrapped.
More showers drenched the area Sunday, the rescheduled date for the ninth annual event held at Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage, but did not put a dent in the festivities.
This time, the shop had a fix.
The construction of a new 500-square foot service center, which began in August and is slated to be completed by the end of the year, allowed the car show to go off without a hitch. Accompanying the 23 cars and trucks on display under a raised roof was Veterans Day-themed entertainment such as live music, a bounce house for kids and refreshments including cupcakes and popcorn.
“We didn’t have the driveway (in September), and it was too muddy. It just wasn’t going to work,” said garage co-owner Kathryn van der Pol, who was better-equipped two months later. “I said, ‘We’re going to make our own sunshine. It’s indoors, the cars will be fine, people will be fine, and we’ll get through it. We’ll have fun.’”
That was the consensus among the 100 or so attendees of the car show, which provided a preview of the future of the 72-year-old garage and also a trip back in time. Eugene Hoepfl, the “son” in the business’ name who sold it to van der Pol and her husband, Sybren, in 2004, was a featured guest. Most of the featured automobiles were built in the 1950s and ’60s.
Proceeds from the event, held on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, benefited Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston and Houston History Bus as well as the Battleship Texas Foundation. Shots fired from the Battleship Texas, at a German U-boat in April 1917, were the first fired by Americans during the war.
“People are learning about the mission of the Houston History Bus and the mission of the Battleship Texas,” McKinney said. “We’re doing it in our own ways to educate kids about history. We’re doing something great. I think it’s wonderful to have (the garage’s) support in the initiative.”
Raffles also were held for various prizes, including a surround sound system, wireless chargers and gift certificates for auto repairs and oil changes. Two of the top prizes in the car show went to Eduardo Jimenez and his son-in-law, Nicholas Clifton, who were recognized for both of the automobiles they entered.
Their blue 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe, purchased and restored in Houston, was awarded Best in Show.
Their 1967 Ford F100, painted a shade of purple with Ford-themed flames on the sides and tailgate, was honored as Top Custom.
On the truck’s glove box is the signature of the late George Barris, a Hollywood auto customizer who designed the “Munster Koach” and “Batmobile” used in the popular 1960s television shows.
“It feels pretty good,” Clifton said of the wins. “It’s the first time entering (the Mustang). (The truck) entered two years ago here, but we didn’t win anything.”
Fitting the Veterans Day theme, many of the cars and trucks in the show were adorned with American flags. It was the first time the Oldie & Goodie show was held on the holiday, but it likely won’t be the last time.
Kathryn van der Pol, who gave visitors customized plastic cups filled with pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution, said holding the event on Veterans Day fits with its mission as well as her personal principles. So she intends to keep it on that date, regardless of the weather.
“For me, it’s about bringing people together and having a good time and celebrating something you’re passionate about,” she said. “We love cars, we love history, we love veterans, we love Houston.”