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Published on May 26th, 2016 | by Brittain Thompson

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Oxford’s First Ever Car Show Will Happen Memorial Day Weekend

Destination Oxford is a car show and cruise through the square being put on by Jason Plunk, a self-described car guy, who felt it was time had its own event.

“Batesville has one, Sardis has one, Pontotoc has one. Everyone has one but Oxford,” said Plunk.

Antique cars are a passion for Plunk from a young age.

“The first car I ever got was 25 years-old, I’ve always liked old cars,” said Plunk. “My dad always had fast cars when I was young. We’re car guys. I consider myself a car guy.”

The car show initially started as a promotional event for 95.5 The Bullseye and then grew into a two-day event.

“Since I owned the radio station it made sense that the radio station would have a car show as a summer promotion event,” said Plunk. “Then it spiraled way out of control.”

Destination Oxford has $2,000 in cash prizes and 10 trophies. In addition the first 100 to register will receive a grab bag with goodies from local businesses.

“First and Second place get $500, then ten $100 prizes,” said Plunk.

Plunk’s idea behind the trophies is so that everybody has a chance to get a prize.

“Maybe I don’t like green,” said Plunk. “If that’s the case then it doesn’t matter how nice your green car is, because it’s not going to win.”

In the spirit of keeping the car show about having fun and checking out classic automobiles, the “trophies are meant to be fun, festive, and just neat,” said Plunk.

“I’m letting my DJs give away a trophy,” said Plunk. “Since we’re having a cruise on Saturday I’m letting the police officers give away one. There’s one of for the youngest entry, oldest entry, and furthest.”

The cruise will start at Oxford Conference Center and snake its way towards the Square.

“We may have the street shutdown for an hour, but it’s gonna be neat,” said Plunk. “I’ve talked to parents that are bringing their kids out to see all the cars. These things you don’t see every day.”

Plunk wanted to make sure to thank those who helped put on the Destination Oxford Cruise and Car Show.

“I’d like to thank Visit Oxford for helping out as much as they have.” Said Plunk. “And also I want to say that the mayor was invaluable in getting the parade cruise together. When the mayor’s giving you the go-ahead, you know it’s gonna be great.” The Local Voice Ligature

 

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Brittain is an associate editor of The Local Voice, ex-journalism student, and bad noise maker from the highway town of Brandon, MS.



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