By Alisa Boswell
What began as a casual conversation between two friends — the Draggin’ Main and Gearhead Gathering — has bloomed into a full blown event in which 200-plus people are expected to attend from as far as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to its organizers.
Gene Porter, owner of the Glass Doctor in Clovis, said he and event partner Bryan Boone, owner of Arrow Mechanical, Inc., talked about their desire to see a different kind of car event in Clovis than your average car show.
“This is more about the (car) fans themselves,” Porter said. “If you’re a gearhead and you like cars, this is for you.”
Porter said unlike most car shows, the Draggin’ Main and Gearhead Gathering, to be held Saturday, does not have limitations on the year, make and model of the cars brought in and there are no categories to be judged and no trophies to win.
The event is geared towards car lovers doing what they do best, admiring works of mechanical art.
“It’s about getting together like-minded people and seeing what they’ve created,” Porter said. “It’s about making friends and giving us something to do with our cars. These are cars you don’t see in the street. You don’t drive these cars to Walmart.”
Porter will be bringing his 2006 GMC Denali and Boone will be bringing the 1981 Chevy step-side pick up truck he has been building.
“My granddad was a Chevy mechanic in Clovis for 40 years, so I’ve always dug cars and it’s fun,” Boone said of his passion for being a gearhead. “I like working on them and looking at them.”
Porter said the event will entail people parking their vehicles along Main Street with hoods open for people to take a look at their projects, then at sundown, vehicle owners will drive along Main Street, aka drag Main.
Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Public Relations Representative Jenna Frosch said downtown Main Street businesses have agreed to stay open late the evening of the event so people also have the option to shop.
“The chamber of commerce is excited to see big interest in Main Street because there are a lot of people who have worked hard to rebuild the culture on Main Street,” Frosch said. “We see businesses come in all the time and we love to see the success of those businesses. We think this event is going to be really great to continue that growth of Clovis’ Main Street.”
Porter said more than 800 people have signed up to come on the event’s Facebook page and about 200 people are registered to bring vehicles.
“A lot of them are people who have moved away from Clovis and remember dragging Main,” Porter said. “If we get half the people who have signed up on Facebook and half those bring a really cool car or truck, we’re gonna have a heck of a show.”
Porter said the original color event poster, drawn by 8-Ball Engineering Owner Rick Mayo, will also be put into a raffle during the event with the winner announced on local radio station Mix 107.5 FM or 101.5 FM the following day.
“The main thing (to us) was that everyone we talked to loved the idea,” Porter said. “It was a very nice surprise for us to not have to fight for what we wanted to do.”