Kingston Car Show raises funds for tornado victims

KINGSTON, Okla. (KXII) – Auto enthusiasts from around the world were in Kingston today to raise money for those affected by the March tornado.

“Every American manufacturer, even some who no longer make cars, is here today,” said event organizer Pete Bridgman.

From classics to new models, almost every type of car was on display in Kingston on Saturday.

Some drove as far as 200 miles to be there.

“They talk to people who own these cars, they build them, they love them, they become part of the family,” Bridgman said.

Harrison Stepp has spent 6 years restoring his 1962 Chevy Corvette and the only thing he loves more than driving it is showing it at auto shows.

“We old people all like to talk about our cars,” says Stepp. “You can walk around here, all the owners sit with their cars and are happy to tell you about them. This history around them and if all these old cars could talk, each one of them is like one big history book.”

But this was more than just showcasing vintage cars, it was for those affected by the recent tornado.

“We’re here for all of these people who suffered the damage, that’s why we were here,” Stepp said.

Participants were encouraged to bring donations such as clothing and food…

to fill the truck for victims of the storm.

“We already have the truck full and are looking for another truck,” Bridgman said just a few hours into the event.

Each participant paid an entry fee of $25 and over 130 cars showed up.

Most also donated more, raising thousands of dollars for those in need.

“I was just blown away by how people came to us,” Bridgman said. “We don’t have to go to everyone and say, give, give to the people, come on and say where do I put it.”

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