I have always been a car guy. Growing up in Hueytown, Alabama the love for cars and racing just came natural. Some of my fondest memories are Sunday afternoons with my Dad at BIR (Birmingham International Raceway). We watched the Alabama Gang from the old wooden grandstand. I can still smell the burning fuel and rubber, mixed with the smell of hotdogs and popcorn. Those memories as well as, the fact that my Dad and his twin brother always had some cool cars around fueled my passion for four wheels.
I bought a 1970 Monte Carlo SS 454 in April of 2002 and a few years later my Dad (Tiger) bought a partially restored 57 Chevrolet Pick-up. We started working on it and going to shows together with my wife Rene, and my Mom (Mattie). It was always a great family outing and we met some really great people along the way. I still have that bright red 57 Chevrolet pickup, sometimes it’s a difficult decision as to which to drive to a show.
Cars by the Creek was founded in 2002. The first event was at Cruise In only. We approached the City of Montevallo about using Orr Park as a venue for a car show. The open field near Shoal Creek is a perfect setting for the event. For many years the event was held on Labor Day weekend or the last Saturday in August. Over the years we have raised money for Kid One Transport, Montevallo High school cheerleaders, majorettes, and the marching band. Every year we also donate a portion of the proceeds to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
In 2012 we partnered with Fotowerks Custom Photography to produce the Cars by the Creek Calendar featuring selected cars from the previous year’s show. This collectible calendar is unique among area car shows.
In 2017 we partnered with the Montevallo Bicentennial Committee to help celebrate the City’s 200th Birthday. This show was our largest ever with over 200 cars on the field. Last year the show was held in conjunction with the Tinglewood Festival that drew a crowd of over 6,500 people and featured, chain saw carving, music and over 50 wood crafters artist booths. Our children’s activity area is provided by the Montevallo Boys & Girls Club. It features a balloon artist, games, a painting activity, plus critters from the Wildlife Center and Dr. Bob.