Updated: Dec 27, 2019
"Fun with the Ford"
Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to participate in an event that introduced us and the 55 Ford to well over 2,000 people. This year I had not been given much opportunity on the calendar to attend car shows or cruise-in's, but when our annual Trunk or Treat activity came around we were able to participate. Another classic car enthusiast, my friend James Siderits, asked a question of those participating to find out who was going to drive their classic car to the Trunk or Treat to use as a display. I had not thought of it at first, but when I mentioned it to my dear wife, she said, "Why not?" And away we went. April came home that Monday afternoon and announced that she had some things she could wear and so the both of us dressed up and got the Ford ready for the evening.
My wife, April, posed with some candy before the Trunk or Treat began.
This young lady stopped by to say hello before all of the visitors came through.
The trunk was decorated with original and reproduction items.
Since my wife and I are Bible-believing Christians, we are not much on the celebration of Halloween. But to be frank, there are really two reasons why children enjoy this time of year - 1. They get to dress up in a costume and parade around and 2. They get a LOT of candy! The general public looks at our Trunk or Treat at our church and attends because of the safety factor, the space, and the variety of candy being handed out (we had bounce houses, popcorn, and all the rest as well). Our church believes it is a good way to meet people in the community and tell them about the Lord Jesus Christ. Just check out my license tag...
After all, I am known as the Hot Rod Reverend around these parts and other places. And, being true to form, I had on hand many copies of the gospel tract of information I had written some time ago. My personal business cards were also delivered to adults as they walked by with their children. Hundreds of people stopped, inquired about the car, struck up conversations about a car they once owned, and showed interest concerning the website.
The business card has motivated many people to visit hotrodreverend.com.
We had a wonderful time meeting people, introducing them to who we believe Jesus to be, and talking about old Fords like the 55 Fairlane. My friend and fellow deacon at our church, James Siderits, drove his 66 Ford Mustang Convertible to the Trunk or Treat and parked beside us. In addition to everything else we had going that evening we also passed out these "Save the Date" cards for the general public.
Yep - the plan is to have a large car show on Saturday, October 10, of 2020. And... guess who the church is nominating as the emcee? Plans are in the works for food trucks, people's choice awards by decade, door prizes, and one large giveaway - a project car to get someone started! We will have more details after the first of the year concerning this event, for a number of people within our church membership are to have a meeting in December to discuss the details. If you have any suggestions, do let us know. For those of you that would like to know the property location because of travel and distance, the address is First Baptist Church, 1367 Woodville Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150. We are about 2.5 miles from teh I-275 interstate that circles Cincinnati. You can find out more about First Baptist Church by visiting the website: www.fbcm.org.
Let me invite you to look over the rest of the hotrodreverend.com website - you can discover how I got that name, take a look at the CD's of Ford manuals I have for sale (available on thumb drive as well, just inquire), and discover what makes me go - nope, it ain't the Y block Ford!
The Hot Rod Reverend