Drennen Ford hosts car show for animal shelter

| August 28, 2018

COSHOCTON – Drennen Ford held their first Rods N Dogs Car Show on Saturday, Aug. 25 at their location on Second Street in Coshocton. More than 40 vehicles participated in the event. All proceeds went to the Coshocton County Animal Shelter on Morgan Run Road.

“We wanted to help a great organization,” said Adam Mills.

The animal shelter was at the show with adorable furry friends ready to find their fur-ever home.

“They [Drennen] sent us a wonderful donation that will mostly be used for spaying and neutering,” said Chris Sturtz, director of the animal shelter. “We spoil our animals out here to the extent that we can. We always keep food, treats, and extras on hand. It was so much fun down there [at Drennen Ford] and whenever someone does a fundraiser like that, we are always so appreciative. Fundraisers are difficult for us to prepare for. It was so nice of them and they had a great turnout. It was also our chance to let people know we are here and we take strays and owner surrenders. We’re here for all animals. We’re here to serve the public and the animals we love.”

There was everything from classic cars, muscle cars, and custom-built cars featured at the show. The staff at Drennen Ford also served hot dogs, chips, and drinks for a donation. They had raffles throughout the day, a live DJ playing classic rock-n-roll music, and awarded trophies.

“It was just about giving back to our customers,” said Jason Dekker. “Just giving back to the community.”

Dave Corbett, former sheriff of Coshocton County, was at the show with his 1929 Ford Huckster. He has owned the car for about eight years and restored the car to its original glory.

“They made them better back in the day because they lasted,” said his wife, Trudy Corbett.

Dave and Danielle Smith of Coshocton were at the show with their 2017 Corvette, which they purchased a year ago in November.

“We went to go grocery shopping and get stuff to remodel in the house,” said Dave. “We never made it grocery shopping. We brought home the new car instead.”

Roger and Gwen Thomas of Coshocton came in their 1950 Chevrolet 3700. They purchased the truck in 2009 and it took Roger and his son, Roger Jr., four years to fix it up and get it back to its original look. The truck stands out at any car show as it is a bright green color.

“Our son picked out the color,” said Gwen. “He didn’t want to paint it red or black because those colors are too common.”

The couple has taken their Chevrolet to many car shows and has taken home 33 trophies, most recently the best truck award at the Coshocton American Legion car show.

Aaron and Linda Sensabaugh of Dresden came to the car show with a rare 1979 Dodge Little Red Express, which they have owned for four years. The Little Red Express was only made in 1978 and 1979 and celebrated 40 years of existence this year in June. Aaron and Linda went down to Virginia to the National Little Red Express Meet at Newport News on June 9 to help celebrate the important anniversary. They said there were only about 14 other Little Red Express trucks at the meet.

According to dodgeconnection.com, 2,188 Little Red Express trucks were produced in 1978 and with the popularity of the vehicle, production increased to 5,118 in 1979.

A friend of Aaron’s had the truck and Aaron said if he ever considered selling to call him first. Four years ago, Aaron finally received the call he’d been waiting for and purchased the truck from his friend.

Aaron and Linda have restored the exterior of the vehicle and now are working on the interior.

“We get a thumbs-up everywhere we go,” said Linda. “It’s like you’re in a parade when you’re going down the highway.”

Although they love their truck, it’s all about meeting other people with the same passion.

“It’s fun meeting people from all over who love this truck,” said Aaron.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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