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Summer Cruise-In Time for Cops-N-Rodders

Earl Hawley of Nanchester, Tennessee, grew up in Putnam County. He decided to drive his 2002 navy blue Trans Am WS6 when he visited his mother this weekend, because the weather was predicted to be good. When he learned about the cruise-in, he decided to enter his car. While there, he met Steve Baxter of Scott Depot, who has a 2000 red Trans Am WS6.

The Cops-N-Rodders monthly summer cruise-in took place on Saturday, June 17, on the parking lot of the Putnam County Bank Loan Center. A large variety of cars, trucks, and other vehicles, from antique models to vintage ones, were on display for enthusiasts to enjoy. Over seventy vehicles were brought to the event throughout the course of the evening.

This will be this year’s second Cops-N-Rodders cruise-in. Last month’s event was cancelled due to rain.

The food for the event was provided by the friends and family of Keagan Gross, a freshman at Poca High School who passed away on June 7 from Epithleoid Sarcoma. The family is raising money for a memorial scholarship which will be offered to a Poca High School student who would have been in Keagan’s graduating class in 2026.

Cops-N-Rodders Classic Car Club cruise-ins are held from 5 p.m. to dusk the third Saturday of each month. The next cruise-in will be held on July 15.

Kevin Dudding of Tornado shows off his 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe with a 383 motor. He had the flame decals added to break up the original bright orange color. He won 12 trophies last summer, and two so far this year.
Eric Torman of Hurricane brought his 1998 red Camaro Z28. This will be the fourth Camaro that he has owned.
This tan 1974 Plymouth Valiant once belonged to William “Bill” Higginbotham, who passed away in 2019. Now Bill’s son, Will Higginbotham of Charleston, enters his father’s car in cruise-ins in his memory.
Mitchell Hinrichs of Poca shows off his 1986 Chevvy truck. The truck originally belonged to his father, who converted it from a diesel army truck to its current state.
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