Special to The Sun
Every year, Street Rodder magazine attends 10 car show events across the country and chooses its top 10 cars from each event to be featured in the magazine’s Top 100 Street Rodders in America article. Out of the 100 cars the magazine has chosen for 2013, two of those cars belong to Edmond residents Kim McPherson and Julian Harris.
McPherson, who owns a 1946 Ford convertible street rod, and Harris, who owns a ‘47 Ford woodie station wagon street rod, had their cars chosen for the magazine while attending the 17th-annual Cruisin’ the Coast event, where car enthusiasts from all over the country and parts of the world come to showcase cars and cruise along a 30-mile stretch of U.S. Hwy. 90 from Bay St. Louis, Miss. to Ocean Springs, Miss. According to the their website, precisely 7,042 cars were registered during this year’s event, which took place Oct. 6-Oct. 13.
Harris said it’s an experience in itself to see that many cars lined up for 30 miles along the highway, which was devastated from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“You can’t imagine what it’s like to see cars lined up bumper to bumper for 30 miles,” Harris said. “You cannot understand how big and how many are at this event. It would be like driving from here to Bethany and there would be cars lined up the whole way.”
McPherson and Harris, Edmond friends and whose cars were 30 miles from each other when they were selected by members from the magazine, said they are both honored to have received the distinction.
“The car had only won one award before, the Wonderful Woodie Award in Fort Worth, and to receive its first national recognition is pretty high in itself,” Harris said.
“It’s really a big deal,” McPherson said. “With both of us being from Edmond and knowing each other is just really unique and just about as unique as the award itself.”
Harris and McPherson said the Street Rodder magazine should release the article for their Top 100 Street Rodders in America for 2013 some time in the early part of 2014. The two will also receive a leather jacket from the magazine in honor of being selected for the top 100 article.
In addition to being selected for the magazine, McPherson’s sea coral street rod caught the attention of Dennis Gage, cable television host of “My Classic Car.”
“I was real nervous,” McPherson said. “Had my OU Sooners t-shirt on. They were impressed we had driven it all the way.”
McPherson was interviewed by Gage for an upcoming spring 2014 show and received a signed “My Classic Car” front car tag by Gage.
“He was the same on television as in person … very business-like,” McPherson said. “He may not remember me, but I’m sure he will remember the car.”
McPherson’s 1946 Ford convertible street rod was rebuilt in 1995 by a man from Aledo, Ill.
“The guy was 75 years old and still building cars,” McPherson said.
After McPherson bought the car two years ago, he said he had to do some minor mechanical work on the street rod since it hadn’t been driven much and had to rebuild the front suspension. But, other than that, the car is the same as the day he bought it, color and all.
Harris’ street rod, a 1947 Ford woodie station wagon, had to be built from scratch 10 years ago. He said when he bought the car from another gentleman the woodwork on the station wagon had received fire damage.
“Every nut, every bolt had to be taken out,” Harris said.
Harris said the station wagon, in which the previous owner was in the process of restoring, was once used as a welder and maintenance vehicle in the military and was sold in an auction at Fort Knox, Ky.
For nearly eight years, Harris worked on his project car and turned the car into what it is today, a modernized station wagon with personal touches from Dennis Fetzer, who did the automotive wood working.
Curtis Hutton completed the paint and body work at his shop in Marlow and Harris’ son, Connor, designed and laid out the interior of the car, which is embossed with Brahmin purse leather from China.