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June 18, 2013

Noodlers & Classic Cars

Big events combine efforts, lure thousands to Claremore


Classic car enthusiasts, noodlers, families and friends gathered Saturday at the Claremore Expo Center for the Hot Rods & Heroes Car Show and Poker Run, followed by the Battle of the Big Cats, “Route 66’s richest noodling showdown.”
Claremore Firefighters Local 1077 kicked off the full day of events with their second annual Hot Rods & Heroes Car Show and Poker Run. Car show categories for judging included Pre 1940, Cops Nightmare, Peoples Choice, Best Flames, Best Paint, Rad Rod and more.
Area motorcyclists participated in the poker run and visited five stops, drawing a playing card at each one: the Iron Horse Saloon in Oologah, Greybeards in Collinsville, Rt. 66 Sports Bar in Claremore, 33 Ice House in Inola and then Hot Rods & Heroes in Claremore. Whoever has the best hand at the end of the run is considered the winner.
Registration fees from both events go into the Claremore Firefighters Local 1077 activity fund. The fund benefits city and local organizations, such as East Tulsa Firefighter Mark Meyers’ Hydrants of Hope and the sponsoring of Oklahoma Firefighter’s Burn Camp, said Union President Chris Hayes.
He said Meyers recently had a 32-pound tumor removed at M.D. Anderson in Houston. 
“After seeing how many kids had cancer, (Meyers) decided to start Hydrants of Hope to help with their travels to and from the hospital. He’s raised $25,000 in the past year,” said Hayes.
Hayes said the Local 1077 firefighters were glad to see the Battle of the Big Cats noodling tournament event join the Hot Rods & Heroes Car Show this year.
“The Battle of the Big Cats will make our event bigger, bringing in more people and hopefully both events will carry on next year.”
Presented by Claremore’s own Kaleb Summers, the Battle of the Big Cats Noodling Showdown included 135 entries with contestants from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Marion Kincaid, aka Catfish King of the television series “Mud Cats”, Cat Daddy and more entered the tournament. 

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