The exciting part of this month’s featured car story is that both of the owners had these gorgeous vehicles way back in high school.
Bob Symons, who today makes his home in Jefferson, drove a like 1942 cherry red with black fenders Chevrolet ½ ton pickup back at Central Linn High in Halsey, Oregon. She sports the same six cylinder for power today as his did back in the sixties. The rest of Bob’s delicious little memorable ride is pretty much stock. The steering has been updated with a Mustang front-end and some better brakes all the way around for safety. Bob shares his ride with three little kitty cats – Shasta, Reba and Jazz, so seat belts have been installed.
Greg Roach makes his home in South Salem with his wife and they have four wonderful children. His 1931 Torch Red Chevrolet Coupe is his original ride from high school. She sports a blown small block Chevy for power with a 350 auto transmission and a tricked out Corvette rear end. This beauty has won its share of trophies over the years.
The common denominator from these two old buddies is that they both love street rods, classic custom cars, original stock cars, pickups and bikes. The story goes that about 11 or 12 years ago, after attending several car shows around the Pacific Northwest, they came up with the idea of a new kind of show that centered on attracting and inviting vehicles that were all the winners from all the other shows on the west coast. Thus the foundation of the Salem Roaster Show was formed. Every year for the past nine years car owners of winning show cars from local cruz-ins to major indoor shows have been invited to attend and show off their winning rides at the Salem Roadster Show. The cream of the crop, the best of the best in street rods, custom and classic cars, pickups and bikes from Canada to Mexico and from most of the car shows in between. 100 to 115 vehicles are invited to the Oregon State Fair Grounds and the Salem Roadster Show each year. Every car on display is a winner and the owners are rewarded with a beautiful Salem Roadster Show jacket.
The 10th Annual Salem Roadster Show is scheduled for February 20th and 21st 2016 in the Jackman Long Building at the Oregon State Fair Grounds. In the past years an estimated 50,000 attendees have witnessed and enjoyed over 1,000 winning show cars on display and they are all there for the first time. The goal of the promoters in the past has always been to invite all new entries every year. This year being the tenth anniversary, Bob and Greg are planning a special extra showing of a handful of past super show car winners from their show.
A large portion of the proceeds from the Salem Roadster Show are dedicated to several local and regional charities. KDCCP Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Cancer Research Foundation, The Shriners Children’s Hospital, The Roberts Charter High School Foundation and the Brent Strohmeyer Scholarship Foundation.
Mark your calendar for February 20 & 21, 2016 and come and see our R&R NW Publications two fantastic featured cars of the month, Bob and Greg’s high school rides will be on display, at the 10th annual Salem Roadster Show.