Troy, Mo. – Despite oppressive heat and humidity that roasted Lincoln County from the outset – and depressed turnout compared to last year’s event – the annual Memories on Main Street went off with relatively few hitches.
While car enthusiasts braved the heat for the 2021 version, primarily due to the fact it was the first one held after the pandemic, many left early due to temperatures in the mid-to-upper-90s with heat indices reaching over 110 degrees.
Nevertheless, the crowds stayed stable for most of the afternoon, which pleased the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, as its members handled the heat throughout the day as well, putting on the event.
Hot cars and trucks lined Main Street in downtown Troy of all models and years, from Corvettes and Impalas to Chevy Novas ranging from the early 1960s to the 1980s.
There were also the standard “rat rods,” as well an original 1959 Chevrolet El Camino on hand at the car show.
Local couple Paul and Yvette Frazier brought their 1966 Plymouth Sport Fury to the Memories on Main Car Show to the first time. The Troy residents were more than excited about showing off their “blue boat”
“We couldn’t wait to get this to the car show,” Yvette Frazier said. “This is our very first one, so we wanted this one to be special.”
“We got it to the point where it was presentable to get it to a car show,” Paul Frazier said.
Unlike previous models, the Sport Fury carried a 383 “Commando” engine and a manual transmission, and Paul Frazier wanted to make sure it would be his wife who would do the honors to “welcome” it to the show.
“I made (Yvette) drive it into the show, even though she’s not the expert on driving these types of cars,” he said. “It was her father’s car, so she’s the one who should be driving it in.”
To honor Yvette Frazier’s father, who always wanted to rebuild the car and get it ready for a car show, the Fraziers took him to the event as well, not in spirit – but in presence – by bringing his ashes to the show.
“He’s in the glove box,” Yvette Frazier said. “He always wanted to have this car ready for the show.
“We always wanted to do for him. It was a long time coming, but we finally did it for him.”
When the awards were handed out, St. Peters resident Ron Feldman took home “Best In Show” for his 1957 Chevy Nomad, which received comments throughout the day for its display of a 1950s-era drive-thru hamburger order.
That also earned Feldman “Best Display” during the event.”
“I get more compliments for the display than I do for the car,” Feldman said.
Feldman said he spent five years building the car himself from scratch, and it’s the first time in several years he’s entered a car show.
“(Winning the Memories on Main Car Show) is very validating,” Feldman said. “It’s great to win it when you’ve done all the work yourself versus when you buy one.”