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CRAIG REED
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rom out of the past, old but
restored cars will roll into the cen-
tral Douglas County area this
week.
Classic car collectibles and hot
rods, dating back to the early days of the
automobile industry, will be featured during
the 2011 Graffiti Weekend, the 30th annual
event. Its expected 1,000 drivers will steer
their older vehicles into and around the area.
The cars will date back to the 1910s and
theyll shine and represent every color in the
crayon box.
Despite the Weekend title, therell actu-
ally be five straight days of cruising Dou-
glas Countys streets Wednesday through
Sunday. Spread over those days are about
15 different events.
Each activity features the nostalgic cars,
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ON THE COVER:
A 1953 Chevy coupe
graces the cover of The
News-Reviews 2011 Graffiti
Weekend special section.
Graffiti activities
recognize and honor
vintage cars dating back
to the early 1900s.
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News-Review photo
Graffiti Weekend
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Dan Boehm of Roseburg checks out cars at the Kick Off to Graffiti Show at
the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center last year. This weeks kick off
will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Roseburg High School parking lot.
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motorists and participants who keep com-
ing back for more each year.
What started out as a simple idea
between a couple of local car clubs has
blossomed into an occasion that draws
about 20,000 spectators and participants
over its five-day span.
The Umpqua Flatheads Roseburg Graffi-
ti Night Cruise for vehicles 1972 and older
is scheduled for 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in
downtown Roseburg.
Don Larson, a member of the Graffiti
Weekend committee, said there has been
some concern by organizers about partici-
pants and attendance for Graffiti Weekend
because of economic struggles for some
people and businesses, but he said hes
optimistic about the event continuing to be
a success.
Were concerned, but were still getting
a lot of phone calls so were still expecting
a full house, Larson said. These events
treat people well; it doesnt cost them an
arm and a leg. People can participate with
a donation here and there. Were happy it
keeps going strong.
Last years registration totaled about 450
cars that were pre-1975 models. About 70
percent of the registered cars come from
out of the area.
Graffiti Weekend had its first run back in
1982, with participants and spectators
reliving the 1950s by cruising some classic
cars down Harvard Avenue in Roseburg.
Now, each summer, hundreds gather
downtown to join the founders of the Graf-
fiti Night Cruise in remembering a simpler
time.
Since those early days, the cruise has
grown into one of Douglas Countys most
noteworthy events, chock-full of hot rods,
barbecues and other family entertainment
known as Graffiti Weekend.
One of those events is the 29th Annual
River Forks Show-N-Shine, another high-
light of the week, presented by the Stray
Angels Car Club. Some 500 cars, from
1975 or older, will rumble into River Forks
Park west of Roseburg for a day of display
in the sun.
We feel pretty proud of it, Larson said
of the weekend. We want it to be an
affordable family event.
Anybody interested in sponsoring an
event or being a partner of an event can
call 541-672-5634 for more information.
Details are also available online at graffiti-
weekend.com.
Weekend: Event brings in around 20,000 spectators and car owners
Continued from page 2
News-Review file photo
Cars from out of the past will be featured in Graffiti events this week. This car is
shown participating in last years Saturday evening cruise in downtown Roseburg.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
Kick Off to Graffiti Show 3 to 8 p.m.,
Roseburg High School parking lot. Honors veter-
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cue fundraiser for Camp Millennium. Sponsored
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Retirement & Rest Home Exhibits Meet
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centers. 541-673-8543 or 541-677-9863.
Cruizin and Viewin 6 to 10 p.m. at Ten-
Down and Splitz, 2400 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd.,
Roseburg. Outdoor barbecue and live music.
541-672-3601.
Graffiti Cruise-In 8 to 10 p.m. The Road
Tramps will host this cruise, scheduled to go by
Petes Drive In, Sonic Drive-In and Diamond
Lake 76 and Fast Stop Market in Roseburg and
will head out Old Highway 99 South to Fast Stop
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FRIDAY, JULY 8
Roseburg Downtown Fun Day 10 a.m. to
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3352.
Oregon Pacific Banks Ice Cream Social
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2555 N.W. Edenbower Blvd.,
Roseburg. Free ice cream sundae.
Show-N-Shine at the Races Show &
Shine registration from 2 to 4 p.m.; gates open at
4 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m., Douglas
County Fairgrounds Speedway. Free admission
for driver only. 100-car limit. Hosted by Timber-
land Corvette Club. 541-580-7767.
Bikes,Trikes & Hot Rods Poker Run,
Cruise In Show-N-Shine and Barbecue at Glide
Community Center on Highway 138 East in
Glide. Registration for Poker Run is noon-2:30
p.m. Open to all vehicles: Everyday vehicles,
bikes, trikes, hotrods, etc. $5 vehicle registration
fee includes one poker hand. Fire department
themed game played at each stop. Dash plaques
for first 100 entries. Benefits the Glide Fire
Department. Registration for the Show-N-Shine
is 4 to 6 p.m. Prizes for days events awarded at
7 p.m. Hosted by Mikes Trikes, Road Tramps Car
Club and Glide Community Center. 541-430-
4086 or 541-496-2283.
Fast Stop Market Show-N-Shine Regis-
tration by 5:30 p.m., event 6 to 9 p.m. at Fast
Stop Market and Quickie Coffee, 4446 Old Hwy.
99 S., Green., dash plaques first 50 cars. Ice
cream contest 7-7:30 p.m. Prizes at 8 p.m. 541-
679-9293.
Graffiti Concert 9 p.m., doors open at 8
p.m., Paul Revere & The Raiders, Seven Feath-
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SATURDAY, JULY 9
Graffiti Parts Swap 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Mel-
rose Auction Barn, Garden Valley Road and
Melrose Road intersection. Vendor spaces 10-
by-20-foot. $20 for outside, $25 for inside. No
admission charge. Only automotive related
items. One vehicle per space. Setup: 2-8 p.m.
Friday, 6 a.m. Saturday. Space reservations:
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Rock N Rollin Pancake Breakfast 8-11
a.m. at Pitchford Ranch, River Forks Park, Rose-
burg. $6 per person all you can eat, $3 for ages 8
and under or $15 per family, hosted by Roseburg
Optimist Club and Sharis Restaurant. 541-580-
0518.
29th Annual River Forks Show-N-Shine
Registration 8 to 11 a.m.; show from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., River Forks Park, Roseburg. Features tro-
phies, raffles, food booths, free shuttle bus serv-
ice. Open to first 500 cars, 1975 and older. No
4x4s. No pets per park regulations. No entry fee
or admission, but donations will be accepted.
Presented by Stray Angels Car Club. 541-679-
7868 or 541-440-8455.
Collector Car Auction 8 a.m., viewing
opens; 9:30 a.m., toys and memorabilia auction;
10 a.m., car auction, Douglas Hall, Douglas
County Fairgrounds, Roseburg. Shuttle buses
will run to the event.
www.petersencollectorcars.com; call to consign
or register to bid, 541-689-6824.
Shop N Shine Car Show 10 a.m. to 3
p.m., Jackson Street, Roseburg. Trophies, dash
plaques and goodie bags. Presented by Down-
town Roseburg Association merchants; hosted
by Umpqua Flatheads and Cascade Historical
Motor Club. 541-672-5325.
Pit Stop #6 2 to 6 p.m., free barbecue at
Green Community Church, 3777 Carnes Road.
541-784-6548.
30th Annual Umpqua Flatheads Roseburg
Graffiti Night Cruise 6 to 9:30 p.m., Vehicles
1972 or older, no 4x4s, cruise route on Jackson
Street and Main Street in downtown Roseburg.
No advance registration required; admission is
$10, which includes a dash plaque; vehicle regis-
tration and proof of insurance required. 541-221-
2567 or 541-680-1942. Cruise vendors: 541-673-
3352.
Cruizin and Viewin 6 to 10 p.m. at Ten-
Down and Splitz, 2400 N.E. Diamond Lake
Blvd., outdoor barbecue and live music. 541-
672-3601.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
Graffiti Weeks-End Fun Run Registration
from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at 2475 N.W. Stewart Park-
way. The entry fee is $5. The run will take the
scenic route from Roseburg to Seven Feathers
Casino Resort in Canyonville. Presented by
Classic Chevelles of Oregon and Stray Angels
Car Club. 541-673-1520.
Seven Feathers Outdoor Event 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m., outdoor barbecue, Seven Feathers
Casino Resort, Canyonville. Hot dogs, $2;
cheeseburgers, $3. Outdoor concert featuring
The Boomer Band 2:30-5 p.m. $20,000 classic
cash giveaway at 6 p.m. 800-548-8461.
30th annual Graffiti Weekend schedule
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Saturday July 9, 2011
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JOHN SOWELL
The News-Review
he hot rods first rumbled down a half-mile
stretch of Harvard Avenue between Petes
Drive-In and the old A&Wrestaurant on July
10, 1982.
No one knew what to expect at the inaugural Graffi-
ti Weekend. Former Roseburg resident Richard Dick-
man came up with the idea that a cruise down Harvard
reliving the 1950s with old cars and period music
might make for a fun night.
Flyers advertising the event were made up and sent
to car clubs throughout the area. Three clubs, the Stray
Angels, which used Petes as their base, the Umpqua
Flatheads, whose members congregated at A&W, and
the Timberland Corvettes, which lined up at the Astro
gas station, served as hosts. The A&Wwas at the cor-
ner of Stanton and Harvard streets. That location is
now the west side of the Harvard Medical Park.
We had no idea what would happen (at the first
cruise), said Don Larson, who back then, as today,
drives a 1948 Plymouth coupe in the annual cruise.
Cars from all over jammed Harvard while pedestri-
ans clogged sidewalks to get a look at the cars going
by. There was so much traffic it took an hour to crawl
a short distance on the road, said Paul Hubbard, who
at the time was president of the Timberland Corvettes.
It was much larger than we ever expected, said
Mary Zink, a charter member of the Umpqua Flat-
heads, founded in 1975.
This years Graffiti Weekend, with events scheduled
over five days, marks the 30th year of the car cruise.
The River Forks Show-N-Shine, sponsored by the
Stray Angels, is in its 29th year.
Its grown into an event that is either first or second
Humble
beginnings
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Photo courtesy Stray Angels Car Club
Back in the early 1980s, the A&W at the corner of Stanton and Harvard streets in Roseburg was the
base for the Umpqua Flatheads during the Harvard Avenue cruise.
A small gathering has turned
into a Graffiti extravaganza
Tuesday, July 5, 2011The News-Review, Graffiti Weekend Roseburg Oregon, Page 7
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only to the Douglas County Fair in terms of
popularity in the Roseburg area, Hubbard
said. Its talked about all over the West
Coast.
The cruise portion of Graffiti, which now
includes 20 separate events from an ice
cream social to several car shows to a parts
swap meet to a car cruise to area nursing
homes remained on Harvard for only the
first three years. It was later moved to a
closed route through downtown Roseburg
on Jackson Street and Main Street.
The move meant people who werent part
of the cruise were able to negotiate Harvard
much easier. And downtown, with its one-
way streets, allowed the cruisers an orderly
place to move around in and for bystanders
to get a close-up look at all of the vehicles.
It also provided a way to limit the types of
cars and their ages that would be allowed to
join in on the cruise.
Harvard was fun because as drivers you
got to see all of the other cars, Zink said.
Now, you can only see those that are
around your own car. Still, it has worked
out well downtown.
Today, Graffiti draws cruisers and specta-
tors from a wide area.
We send out flyers to car clubs from
Yreka, Calif., to Portland and from Bend to
the coast, Larson said.
The Show-N-Shine, which since its
inception has been staged at River Forks
Park west of Roseburg, remains one of the
events most popular features. Visitors are
able to walk around and
look at the cars and talk to
their owners.
People who arent even
car people come out to
look at the cars, Hubbard
said. Its a love-love situa-
tion with the people who
show their cars and the
people who go out to see
them.
One of the selling points
for Graffiti, which Larson
and Hubbard believe is one
of the major reasons the
Roseburg event has
become so popular, is that
the car owners are
approachable and dont put
on airs, even though some
of the cars on display may
be worth up to a half-mil-
lion dollars.
The car owners also
enjoy the feedback they
receive.
They love the way peo-
ple here treat them, Hub-
bard said.
Another positive aspect
of Graffiti is that there is
no admission charge to go
to the Show-N-Shine or to attend the cruise.
In fact, nearly all of the events are free.
People know they can come in and not
have to pay an arm and a leg, Larson said.
That makes it real attractive to families.
Sponsors, including Cascade Community
Credit Union, help take care of much of the
costs of putting on Graffiti, they said.
We started with Pepsi, Abbys and Fast
Stop. Theyre still with us, he said.
Both Larson and Hubbard, who now
drives a 1955 Buick in the cruise and
belongs to the Street Memories Car Club,
say they especially enjoy the Thursday
afternoon cruise to 13 local nursing homes
and rehabilitation centers. Three groups of
20 cars each make the rounds to different
homes, giving residents a chance to look
over the cars and talk with the drivers.
Residents from each home are also given
the opportunity to vote for their favorite car,
with the winning owners provided a plaque.
Car shows in several other towns
throughout the Northwest have also added a
nursing home run to their schedules. Larson
and Hubbard said they feel honored that the
idea has been copied and used in other
places.
The two men said theyre also proud of
what Graffiti has become from a simple
idea for a group of car enthusiasts to get
together and have some fun.
Its a fun week that everyone looks for-
ward to, Hubbard said.
You can reach reporter John Sowell at
541-957-4209 or by email at jsowell@nrto-
day.com.
Continued from page 6
Courtesy photo
Don Larsons grandchildren Garrett Larson, kneel-
ing, Valerie Larson, back left, Abby McMaster and Emily
McMaster pose with his 1948 Plymouth coupe at
Petes Drive-In on Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. The
Plymouth has been driven in every Graffiti cruise.
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Graffiti
Weekend
The Early Years
Photos courtesy Stray Angels Car Club
ABOVE: A photo and newspaper article in The News-Review publicized the third
annual Graffiti Night Cruise in July 1984. It was the last cruise on Harvard Avenue
before the event was moved to downtown Roseburg in 1985. This page of The News-
Review has been saved in a Stray Angels Car Club scrapbook of Graffiti events.
TOP LEFT: The Show-N-Shine event at River Forks Park became part of the Graffiti
schedule in 1983. The event has always drawn a crowd of cars and people.
LEFT: The Graffiti cruise was moved to downtown Roseburg in 1985 after three
years of cruising on Harvard Avenue. This photo was taken within the first couple of
years downtown.
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w
INCHESTER An avid car
collector and restorer, Dave
Owens has sold several cars
in his lifetime, but he just cant seem to
part ways with his newly restored, cardi-
nal red 1963 Corvette.
Ive grown quite attached to it after all
of the work Ive done. It has sentimental
value, and I would have a hard time sell-
ing it, he said.
When Owens, 69, of Winchester pur-
chased the Corvette 13 years ago for
$20,000 from Dave Washburn, his Win-
chester neighbor, it was beat up and worn
out, he said. The much needed restoration
has been under way for the past three
years.
The 63 Corvette has undergone several
changes, including new paint and chrome.
A327 V8 engine replaced the previous
1966 327 Chevelle engine.
When I saw the car, I knew I wanted it.
But the biggest challenge was talking my
wife into it, Owens said chuckling.
He said he was drawn to the car because
Corvettes are fun to drive, and he knew it
would be a good project to take on. He
said that the earlier Corvettes are relative-
ly easy to work on because they arent
computerized.
Even so, Owens has run into a few
problems.
One time, the radiator hose was loose
and fell off, and it burnt up the engine, he
said.
Although the Corvette has virtually
undergone a full restoration, Owens is not
quite done yet, he said. The next step is to
work on the hard top.
Owens said that he does the majority of
the restoration himself at his home shop.
Friend Ron Foss, 71, of Melrose painted
the Corvette, sticking with the original
red.
Owens other cars include a 1939 Ford
coupe, 1938 Ford pickup and 1951 MG.
Besides the MG and Corvette, Owens
has also restored a 1915 Ford Model T.
His fascination for cars and restoration
started as a teenager when he worked at a
gas station in Santa Barbara, Calif., for
about a year and a half. While in high
school, he owned the same make and
model as the Ford coupe that he has now.
Fast forward a few decades and after 43
years as a physician, including 36 years in
the Roseburg area, he is nearing retire-
ment. Until then, he works part time at
Douglas Medical Clinic and continues his
car restoration projects on the side.
I really enjoy working on cars, but
sometimes it can get frustrating, he said.
Despite some difficult times during the
restoration process and limited driving
time, Owens has had a lot of good times
with the Corvette, he said.
My favorite memory is driving down
to California on I-5 in the summertime.
Owens and his 63 Corvette can be seen
in several Graffiti events this week. He
plans to participate in the Wednesday
afternoon kick off, the Saturday Show-N-
Shine and the Saturday night cruise.
Although this year Owens is only show-
ing his Corvette, in the 12 years he has
participated in Graffiti Weekend, he has
shown his 51 MG, 39 Ford coupe and
drove his 15 Model T.
You can reach intern reporter Jessica
Prokop at 541-957-4213 or by email at
jprokop@nrtoday.com.
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Dave Owens, 69, of Winchester pulls his cardinal red 1963 Corvette out of his shop.
Owens has been working on the Corvettes full restoration for the last three years.
He and the car will participate in several Graffiti events this week.
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DD BIXBY
The News-Review
REEN Avid Ducks fan Chase
Briggs, 6, of Myrtle Creek, has an
eye for green. Like many boys his
age, he likes cars, too.
Lucky for him, hes in line to inherit a dark
green, 1931 Model AFord that his grandfa-
ther Don Robertson, 65, restored earlier this
year.
Hell say, Yeah, thats my car, dont
touch, Chases grandmother, Margaret
Robertson, said recently at her husbands
shop in Green.
The car is a family heirloom that now
bridges both sides of Chases family. Mem-
bers of the Briggs and Robertson clans will
come together to celebrate that shared con-
nection and enthusiasm for cars during this
weeks Graffiti Weekend events.
The classic car has been in Chases family
since his paternal great-great-grandfather
bought the car new.
In the new millennium, the car was all but
eaten by the overgrown weeds in a family
field until the boys maternal grandfather,
Don Robertson, bought the rusted pile and
rebuilt it piece by piece.
The Robertsons registered the title jointly
under their names, with Chase and his moth-
er, Alice Briggs, designated as the
next owners.
The Robertsons believe Chase will be the
second Briggs to own the vehicle in working
condition.
Its very seldom that you find a
car thats got the second owner thats
the grandson, Margaret Robertson
said.
Alice Briggs said she was excited
that her family and her husbands
family could connect through this
shared piece of history that will pass
to her son.
It was a rusted pile outside my
husbands dads shop, she said.
Her father-in-law, Stephen Briggs,
saw the car restored to its former
glory at the 34th Annual Roseburg
Benefit Car Show in March.
Robertson said it was a proud
moment for him.
He was really excited, he couldnt
believe how it turned out. He said, It turned
out just beautiful, Robertson said.
Robertson has been working on cars all his
life. In his younger years, he liked hot rods
and sprint cars.
Its a lot of fun. Alot of fun to play with,
Robertson said last week in his shop, which
doubles as work space for the cars and his
business, Dons Powder Coating.
The couple live above the shop, which
offers him ample time to tinker on the cars
often into morning hours, Margaret Robert-
son said.
After a bout with colon cancer landed him
in the emergency room without warning in
1988, Don Robertson said the car work has
replaced old habits that were harming his
health.
This is my cigarettes and alcohol now, he
said, waving his arm toward the cars.
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raffiti Weekend has
been a family affair for
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family for all 30 years
of the Roseburg event.
Mary Zink, the treasurer for the
Umpqua Flatheads Car Club 30
years ago, took one of the first
calls from Richard Dickman, who
proposed the Graffiti cruise for
Roseburg. It didnt take much for
her to decide it was a good idea.
Her husband and their three chil-
dren were also quick to become
enthusiastic about the event that
has grown into a five-day highlight
for central Douglas County.
I think Graffitis success is
partly because weve managed to
keep it inexpensive. Many of the
events are free, Mary Zink said.
I also think a big part of it is that
the community supports it. Its a
community friendly event that
people can come to and have a
good time.
Its been a good event, said
her son, John Zink. People really
enjoy coming here for it, whether
people from out of the area or
those who live here. We get people from
California, Washington, Idaho, coming to
it. And they keep coming back. They go
back home, tell their friends and the next
year they come back with two or three
more people.
Mary Zink said she was surprised by the
turnout for the first cruise that was held on
Roseburgs Harvard Avenue. The turn-
around areas were at the former Douglas
County Farmers Co-Op on the east end of
the cruise and the parking lot at Marks
Shopping Center to the west.
That first cruise packed Harvard, said
Jack Zink.
Helping the Zinks as cruise officials
each year have been their son, John, and
his wife, Frances, son Richard and his
wife, Tina, and daughter Beth and her hus-
band, Ken Werner.
While being officials, the Zinks have
also taken turns participating in Graffiti
activities and driving their older cars in the
cruise. They own 20 cars that range from
models dated 1936 to 1966.
Their 1947 Ford sedan delivery van is
one of the few vehicles that has appeared
in all previous 29 cruises. Itll roll again
this week along with a 1946 Mercury con-
vertible and a 1953 Ford pickup. In last
years cruise, Jack, Mary, John, Frances,
grandson Nathaniel Zink and his three
daughters Cora, Lili and Emme all
rode together in the Mercury for one trip
around the route.
It was pretty cramped, John Zink said.
Jack Zink, who lost his sight in an acci-
dent in 1975, isnt able to drive, and
admits that he feels as if hes missing part
of the experience. But he said he always
enjoys the riding.
Thanks to his many years of working on
cars prior to his eye accident, Jack has
been able to continue to do so by feel
through the years. The oldest car in the
Zink collection is a 1936 Ford convertible
sedan, and the vehicle the couple has had
the longest is a 1941 Ford pickup that they
acquired in 1958.
Fifteen years ago, Don Robertson
traded in high-speed cars for classic
automobiles. Six years ago he joined
Roseburgs Stray Angels Car Club and
has been enjoying the steady cruise ever
since.
It was really something to start
doing these cars and getting involved in
the car club, he said.
Like Chase, the boys 14-year-old sis-
ter, Britni Briggs, will inherit another of
Robertsons restored cars. Britnis car is
a 1934 Chevy two-door standard that
Robertson finished restoring in 2003.
The striking vehicle sports a white
top and a red-orange body with flames
stitched into the seat upholstery.
Robertson said his granddaughter is
his stalwart navigator during car
parades.
She says she loves to throw the
candy, Robertson said.
During the Graffiti Weekend events,
Robertson plans to surprise Stephen
Briggs with the keys to the car his own
grandfather drove new in the 1930s.
The green car will be with Chase
and his grandpa and Britni will be with
me, he said. Its going to be some-
thing that will make me real proud to
see em there with the cars.
Robertson says he plans to participate
in several of the Graffiti Weekend
events, including the River Forks
Show-N-Shine and the downtown
Roseburg cruise on Saturday.
You can reach reporter DD Bixby at
957-4218 or by email at dbixby@nrto-
day.com.
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y family has always been into old
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(Ill be a junior at Roseburg High
School this fall.) And my dads a mechanic, so Ive
always been into helping him work on cars.
My grandparents, Bob and Doris Keeler, bought
some property along Roberts Creek Road, and the
people who owned it before that just left some vehi-
cles there. One of them was a 1954 Ford F-150.
They thought about fixing it up, but it was going to
cost too much money, so my grandpa told me and
my dad, Gene OBrien, that if we wanted the truck
we could have it. That was eight years ago.
I was 8 years old then and I went to my dad and
said, Can we drive it through Graffiti Weekend?
Can we?
It took us seven years to get it completely done
the way we wanted. It means a lot to me because of
how much help we had putting the truck together,
and how much fun I had working on the truck with
my dad. I would also like to say thanks to Don
Robertson of Dons Powder Coating in Green.
Everything on it is original, including the engine.
We never changed the engines, just did some work
to it. All the gearing is three on the tree just like it
used to be for that year. So its completely original.
The truck is in my and my dads name. Were
going to share it until he gets his own old car done.
Then it will be just mine.
It hasnt been driven much. Its not a trailer
queen, but it is more of a show rig than everyday
(ride). Ill probably keep it forever. My grandpa
died about four or five years ago, so its sentimental
to me in that way.
Im really proud of the accomplishment on the
truck, how well it turned out, and how much help
we had throughout it also.
Tyler OBrien of Roseburg is 16. His 1954 Ford
F-150 will be returning to Graffiti Weekend for its
third cruise.
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who from 1975 to 1983 owned a Roseburg
store that featured vintage Ford parts.
Theres just something about them.
Sometimes I end up needing help, but
most of the time I can do the work.
He works in his home shop about eight
hours a day.
By working on cars, you can make
them part of your own, said John Zink,
who works with his dad on the old cars.
They kind of become a part of you.
John Zink has a 1940 Ford two-door
sedan that he got when he was a junior in
high school in 1970. He took it apart and is
gradually getting it put back together
despite interruptions related to health,
time, money and family.
Ill drive it in some Graffiti, he said.
Its been put on the back burner a few
times.
John Zink described car ownership as
kind of the American dream.
Theres something about cars that
excite people, he said.
The older cars continue to be a passion
for the Zink family. So does Graffiti Week-
end.
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CRAIG REED
The News-Review
d
oing the dirty work in a Studebak-
er car dealership at age 15 didnt
leave Mike Regan with bitter feel-
ings about the car.
Instead, hes had a lifelong relationship
with Studebaker, a model that was no
longer built in the U.S. after 1963 and in
Canada after 1965.
Regan and his wife, Mary, will have
their green 1927 Studebaker Dictator
sedan on display at the River Forks Show-
N-Shine Saturday afternoon and then at
the Graffiti cruise that night. The Dictator
was in the cruise last year and the Regans
had their 1925 Studebaker seven-passen-
ger sedan at the show and shine a few
years ago.
Ive had old cars since I was 14 and
Im almost 82 now, said Mike Regan.
Ive always been interested in old cars.
When I was in high school, I took three
periods a day of vocational auto
mechanics.
After high school, Regan joined the U.S.
Marine Corps and attended amphibious
tractor mechanic school. Following his
time in the Marines, Regan worked for the
state of California. After retiring from the
California Highway Patrol, he worked for
about six years in the machine shop of
Offenhauser, an American racing engine
manufacturer.
The Regans eventually migrated north to
Sutherlin, where Mary has family.
Mike Regan said the couple has had
about 250 cars through the years with a
mix of new and old, but mostly old. Fif-
teen of the cars have been Studebakers,
including a 1917 model, the oldest car the
couple has owned. Its since been sold.
Regan said the first Studebaker he pur-
chased was a 1953 coupe.
Weve been to car shows from Canada
to Rapid City, S.D., to Wyoming to Texas
and all over the place, said Regan, adding
the couple attends Studebaker gatherings
with their cars each year in the California
cities of Palm Springs and Red Bluff. The
Regans also belong to a vintage car club in
New Zealand and have traveled to that
country to attend car rallies.
Regan said he does all of his own work
on his cars.
Studebakers have always been pretty
good cars, he said. Theres a lot of them
around, but you dont see them out on the
street being used daily.
Studebakers shine on
for Regans
Photo courtesy of Mike Regan
Mike and Mary Regan of Sutherlin enjoy participating in car shows and parades
with their 1925 Studebaker sedan, left, and 1927 Studebaker Dictator sedan.
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INSTON Theres no con-
nection between the two
events except timing and a
common love of vintage vehicles. Still, it
wouldnt be too much of a stretch to
describe the Winston Summer Nite Cruise
as the younger sibling of Roseburgs Graf-
fiti Weekend.
As in past years, the biggest difference
between the Winston and the Roseburg
cruise is a matter of well, rules.
Roseburgs Saturday night cruise is lim-
ited to vehicles from 1972 or earlier. Big
trucks, motorcycles and 4-by-4s are not
welcome.
Winstons cruise, on the same night, is
open to all comers. There is an emphasis
on muscle cars, but dates and makes are
irrelevant.
If people have a Hummer and they
want to bring that through, they can bring
it, said Anna Falls of Green, secretary of
the Winston-Dillard Area Festival Associa-
tion. We dont put a restriction on it.
The laid-back attitude extends through
the ranks to all the drivers, according to
Falls.
These people work hard to spruce up
those cars, and when they come through,
they dont worry about them getting
scratched up or damaged, she said. But
even if Winston Summer Nite cruisers
dont regard their rigs as museum pieces,
they are proud of those babies, boy, Falls
said.
Though the cruise will continue the tra-
dition of getting everybody together for
summer socializing, a new element will be
added this year.
Organizers are presenting an Automo-
tive Swap Meet on Friday and Saturday at
Winston Foursquare Church, on the corner
of Main and Thompson streets. Cars and
auto parts will be sold, adding another ele-
ment of commerce to the cruise weekend.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The cruise nights budget doesnt allow
for live music, but Falls said people bring
their own sound systems and favorite
tunes. But usually, people are doing so
much socializing that half of them dont
hear the music anyway, she added.
People get together and say, Oh, I
havent seen you in such a long time. Its
like a family reunion, just a happy time,
Falls said.
What were trying to do is to get com-
munities together and the different organi-
zations in the Winston area, and to just
have a fun time and visit with people.
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Graffiti Weekend
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Many of the Graffiti Weekend events
will include food drives for the United
Community Action Network Food Bank
for the first time this year.
Those who bring two cans of food to
the barbecue at TenDown Bowling from
6 to 10 p.m. Thursday will get a bever-
age of their choice included with their
dinners.
The Melrose Auction Barn will be
accepting non-perishable food donations
from Thursday through Sunday.
Stray Angels Car Club will also be
accepting food donations from 8 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday at the River Forks
Show-N-Shine at River Forks Park.
Food donations can also be brought to
the Shop N Shine Car Show from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown
Roseburg. Donation barrels will be set
up near a registration table to join the
Cascade Historical Motor Club and
Umpqua Flatheads across the street
from Roseburg Book and Stationery on
Jackson Street.
All food donations will go to feed
families in Douglas County through a
network of emergency food pantries and
community kitchens.
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SYLVAN HUMPHREY
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m
y first car was purchased
in 1959 while I was in
high school.
An older kid living just up the street
from my parents house in Albany had it
parked in his
driveway. It was
a beautiful red
1947 Plymouth
business coupe.
He had done a lot
of work on it to
turn it into a typi-
cal old school
street rod of that
time.
Id always
admired it and
one day it had a
for sale sign on
it. We negotiated
a price of $300
and the red Ply-
mouth moved
down the street
to our house. I
drove the car all
through my sen-
ior year of high
school and my freshman year of college.
I foolishly traded it off on a really nice
55 Mercury that I thought I just had to
have. I always regretted saying goodbye
to that little Plymouth.
About five years ago, Dick Thornley,
a friend from our Stray Angels Car Club
informed me there was a 47 Plymouth
business coupe for sale in Grants Pass.
The business coupe is quite rare. It was
originally designed with no back seat
and a huge trunk. Traveling salesmen
bought them so they could haul their
samples with them on the road.
I knew I had to have this car, so again
I was the proud owner of a 47 Ply-
mouth. However, it cost me more than
10 times what I paid for the first one and
it needed a lot of work.
The restoration process took about
three years off and on. Friends and Stray
Angels club members Don Larson and
Roger Tyler did a lot of the basic work
getting the car in good running order. It
had a nice interi-
or and a good
engine, but
needed wiring
and a lot of sort-
ing out. The
entire dash was
removed, all the
chrome replated,
gauges and
speedometer,
etc., rebuilt. The
paint and body-
work was done
to perfection by
another friend in
Winston, Paul
Pastor. The deep
maroon paint
really looks
great in the sun.
Copper metallic
ghost flames
were applied by
Pino; they really brought everything
together.
The car is done in the 1950s-60s style,
much as my first car. It has a period-cor-
rect flat head six- cylinder motor with
dual carbs, high compression head, split
manifold with wicked sounding pipes
and lots of chrome dress up. No modern
conveniences such as air conditioning
(just open a window!), power steering,
etc.
Driving the car puts me in a time
machine. The feel, sounds and smells all
remind me of those days over 50 years
ago when I was driving my first car.
Ah, life was good! Life is good!
Traveling back
through the decades
in a 47 Plymouth
Plymouth enthusiast gets a red coupe
decades after owning one in high school
Courtesy photos
ABOVE: Sylvan Humphreys 1947 Ply-
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LEFT: The restoration of the 1947 Ply-
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JESSICALONG
For The News-Review
m
y husband, Dick, and I own
a 34 Chevy pickup. We
hauled it (a pile of pieces
and parts) home from Morrow, Ore.,
where it was sitting in a wheat field since
last tagged in 1951. That was 1987.
We lived in Roseburg. In 92, we were
transferred to Seattle by Dicks company,
CF Freightways. At that time it was still in
parts, but was being cataloged and sorted.
We lived in a travel trailer for two years
until we purchased a home in Lynnwood,
with a shop, so Dick was able to get some
more work done on the car.
In 1994, I was in a very bad accident,
and Dick was unable to do much on the
rod. Then in 2002, his company closed.
We moved back to Roseburg, and lived in
a fifth wheel for another three years.
Finally, about six years ago, we bought a
home in Winston that has a shop. Dick
drives a semitruck for United Parcel Ser-
vice.
At times, it had to sit for years in stor-
age. Dick has done everything from
ground up including the engine, refab and
paint, etc. The only thing he had done (by
a professional service) was the upholstery.
It took him 12 years to finish it, as he was
only able to get to it off and on. The
process made me realize how much dedi-
cation he has, and how talented he is.
He likes to tell the story about how one
chilly evening right after its first time on
the road, I asked him to turn the heater on.
He said that real hot rods do not have
heaters!
When we first got the pickup and were
hauling it, it was up on a trailer and
looked like a piece of junk. The first gas
station we came to, a man came running
up and said, Ill give you $1,500 for it.
We had paid $400. My reaction was to sell
it. But now I wouldnt let him sell it for
anything. It couldnt go. One of our
grandsons will inherit it one day.
Im really proud of Dick. Some people
have lots of money and fix up their cars,
and they are beautiful. But I think its
important for people who do the hard
work themselves to get recognized. He
drives it, because what he wants to do is
enjoy it. People ask, if you drive it around,
dont you get rock chips in it? We do, but
he fixes it.
We have participated in Graffiti night
(with the pickup) three times, as we will
this year.
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Husbands hard work adds special gloss to 1934 pickup
Courtesy photos
LEFT: The 1934 Chevy pickup was rescued from a wheat field near Morrow, Ore., and trailered to Roseburg by Dick and Jessi-
ca Long in 1987. RIGHT: Because of several interruptions, it took Dick Long 12 years to give the pickup a new look.
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News-Review file photos
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to sedans, were parked for the River
Forks Show-N-Shine last year.
TOP RIGHT: A 1931 Plymouth coupe
and a 1956 Chevy roll down Jackson
Street of downtown Roseburg during
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RIGHT: A 1966 Ford Mustang makes a
food stop at Sonic Drive-In in Roseburg
last year.
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News-Review file photos
A 1971 Dodge Challenger shows off its color at the Kick Off to Graffiti Show
last year. In the background is a 1950 Ford custom. This weeks kick off event will
be held at the Roseburg High School parking lot Wednesday.
The Graffiti Cruise in downtown Roseburg is an opportunity for car owners to show
and share their customized cars to the public. This is a Ford from the 1960s.
A 1937 Chevy coupe participated last year in the Cruizin and Viewin
event at Ten Down & Splitz in Roseburg.
JESSICAPROKOP
The News-Review
LIDE Back in high school, Bill
Roberts had his eye on a 1940
Oldsmobile Model 60 Coupe,
which at the time was on display in
a show room in Concord, Calif.
Although he wasnt able to purchase it
then, fate has a funny way of working and
about 40 years later, Roberts and his wife
of 42 years, Sandi Roberts came across the
car again.
Bill Roberts, 64, of Glide explained that
while in high school he knew of an
Oldsmobile dealer who collected the cars
and put them on display in his show room.
Occasionally, the dealers daughter even
drove one to school. In 2000, Sandi
Roberts, 63, of Glide was working with an
individual whose father bought the same
car and tore it apart to make it a hot rod.
However, the man passed away. So, Sandi
Roberts sold her 1968
Mustang to buy the
Oldsmobile.
Its the accumula-
tion of a lot of
dreams, Sandi Roberts
said.
Ive been into cars
for a long time but
couldnt get deeply
into them because of
the kids, Bill Roberts
added.
When the couple
purchased the car for
$7,500, there were only
about 70,000 miles on
it, and it was in good
condition with no rust,
Bill Roberts said. At
the time of purchase,
the Oldsmobile was
painted baby blue with
matching upholstery.
Now, the car is worth $25,000 and is
painted peaches and creme with an
orange pearl overlay, pinstripe and ghost
flames. Because of the light colors and
pearl, the car shows really well in the
afternoon sunlight, Sandi Roberts said.
So, she decided to name it Afternoon
Delight.
Going along with the outside color
scheme, the upholstery, which was done
by a friend, Dayton Kolb of Dillard, is
embroidered with flames and is outlined
with a similar peach color, the Roberts
explained. Painted on the dash are the
Roberts first names.
Its an eye catcher, Sandi Roberts said.
Regardless, the Oldsmobile has placed in
every show it has entered, except for one.
There are so many beautiful cars so we
never anticipate anything, she said.
Apart from the cosmetic details, Bill
Roberts bolted the engine, finished piecing
the car back together and worked on the
wiring. The Oldsmobile has a ZZ4 engine
and 700 R-4 transmission. And, it gets
good gas mileage because it has overdrive,
Bill Roberts said.
Its an expensive hobby, but I do a lot
of the work myself, he said.
Roberts explained that while in high
school he hung around with a crowd who
all had hot rods. The 1948 Pontiac he is
working on now is going to be more like a
60s hot rod, he said.
Other cars the Roberts own are a 1938
Ford pickup, 1941 Chevy and 1949 Chevy,
which Bill Roberts has had since high
school. He said he plans to pass it on to the
couples oldest daughter.
However, the Oldsmobile is technically
Sandis since she sold her Mustang to pur-
chase it, Bill Roberts added.
I dont know if this is my favorite
memory, but its a funny one, Sandi
Roberts explained.
Bill was going to show me how much
power the car had, and I was wearing san-
dals. He stomped on it and my feet flew up
and my sandals flew off, Sandi recalled,
laughing.
The couple has participated in Graffiti
for about 20 years and used to come from
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g
Bill Roberts had to
wait a few decades
for his dream car,
but in 1968 he and
his wife Sandi
purchased this 1940
Oldsmobile Model
60 Coupe. The Glide
couple have been
participating in
Graffiti Weekend
activities for the past
20 years and this
week theyll show off
the Oldsmobile at
several events.
JESSICA
PROKOP/The
News-Review
Turn to OLDSMOBILE, page 23
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For The News-Review
w
e purchased the 1940
Packard 120 Coupe from
my brother, Richard, in
1998.
We started work on the car in
2001. We bought a Fat Man sub
frame, and a 1968 Pontiac Trans Am
donor car for the engine, transmission
and rear end. These were all installed by
our friend, Bob McCarroll.
The body was then removed and
taken to Eugene where it was dipped to
remove the rust and paint. All new
brake lines, fuel lines, power brake sys-
tems were installed and the
chassis painted and finished. Body
work, paint and upholstery were fin-
ished in 2007.
Without the many hours of donated
time and energy from Bob, Jim Shipley
and other friends, it would still be sit-
ting unfinished. This is an ongoing proj-
ect that is still lacking a heater system,
radio and sound system, cruise control
and bucket seats with a seat belt
system.
We have driven the Packard to local
car shows, the Wenatchee, Wash., Apple
Run and the 40th annual Rod Run in
West Yellowstone, Mont. Our greatest
joy and surprise was when a picture
of our Packard, taken in West Yellow-
stone, was in the CruZin Magazine in
April.
We have taken a lot of short, fun trips
around Oregon. Our 3-year-old great
grandson claims this as My car,
Papa!
The Packard is our pride and joy and
will be as long as I can drive.
Doyle and Jan Gardner live in Win-
chester. Although the Packard may not
make it to the Saturday night cruise, it
will be displayed Saturday at the Shop
N Shine Car Show on Jackson Street in
Roseburg.
Packard
Courtesy photos
Restoring their 1940 Packard 120 Coupe has been about a 10-year project by
owners Doyle and Jan Gardner and a few of their friends. The Gardners will have
the Packard on display at Saturday afternoons Shop N Shine Car Show in down-
town Roseburg.
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The News-Review
a
fter years of sitting on the sidelines during the
Graffiti Weekend Saturday night cruises, Mary
Lou Argo is ready to drive the streets herself.
Shell be in the 1955 blue and silver Chevy Belair.
Ive wanted one for a long, long time, said the Rose-
burg woman.
When she was a 7-year-old in Roseburg, her father had a
55 Chevy. Her husband, Ray Argo, purchased a 55 Chevy
for $200 from Hansons Chevrolet in Roseburg in 1965
when he was a teenager. Now Mary Lou Argo has her own
55 Chevy that she said shell share with her husband.
Its brought back memories of those days, she said.
When Argo, now 64, first started thinking about buying
an older car, her other choice was a 55 Thunderbird. But
the couple concluded they needed a car with a back seat to
carry their grandchildren around, so they focused on find-
ing a Chevy.
Argo also told the couples children and grandchildren
that Grandma is spending your inheritance.
The Argos found some cars and made bids on two, but
failed to purchase either. Then about a year ago while using
the Internet, Ray Argo found a 55 Chevy in Cheyenne,
Wyo., that was listed for sale. He used email to contact the
owner, and a video and photos of the car were then sent to
Roseburg.
Two Christmases ago, a car was at the top of my wish
list, Mary Lou Argo said. And then last year a trip to
Cheyenne was at the top of my list.
The Argos finally decided to get the car, but snowy
weather postponed their trip east to Wyoming a couple of
times. They finally left in mid-March. They pulled into a
gas station on the outskirts of Cheyenne and called the
cars owner to let him know they had arrived. He said hed
meet them at the station in 20 minutes or so.
About that much time later, the Argos, while standing in
a parking area, saw the Belair coming in their direction.
It was shiny, Mary Lou said. We both looked at each
other and said, Weve got to buy it. It was just beautiful.
From the to the
ABOVE: Ray Argo of Rose-
burg installs a high torque
starter in the 1955 Chevy
Belair that he and his wife
Mary Lou purchased earlier
this year. The couple are
eager to participate in Graffiti
events with the car this week.
LEFT: The 1955 Chevy
Belair that Ray and Mary Lou
Argo now own looked pretty
rough before being restored.
CRAIG REED/The News-Review
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Continued on page 23
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The car was purchased for $22,000,
loaded on a trailer and the haul westward
began. All went well until the Argos got a
bit south of Bend en route to the Diamond
Lake Highway. Thats when another late
snowstorm hit.
There was no tarp for the Belair and there
was concern about rock chips from the grav-
eled highway being flipped up at the car.
There was also concern about just getting it
over the Cascades and down the mountain.
The Argos stopped to put chains on their rig.
Bend to Roseburg over the Diamond
Lake Highway took over six hours, Mary
Lou Argo said. It was a white-knuckle
ride. It was a pretty hairy trip.
The weather made it a little dicey,
thats for sure, Ray Argo said.
But the couple and their trailered car
eventually arrived in Roseburg.
Now after 29 years of watching the
Graffiti cruises, Mary Lou Argo is ready to
drive her Belair with its 350 cubic-inch
engine in the 30th cruise.
I think shes pretty satisfied with the
car, her husband said. I know I love it.
Knowing me, it could have a little more
power, but its got plenty.
The Argos plan to take their car to sever-
al of the Graffiti events. First, however,
they entered it in the June 25 Myrtle Creek
Show-n-Shine and won first place in the
Modified 1940-1959 Class.
Shes spoiled, but Ill get a little time
behind the wheel, Ray Argo said with a
laugh.
Its my car ... its our car, Mary Lou
Argo said. But I was the force behind get-
ting it.
You can reach Features Editor Craig
Reed at 541-957-4210 or by email at
creed@nrtoday.com.
CRAIG REED/The News-Review
Mary Lou Argo of Roseburg is pleased with her new car, a 1955 Chevy Belair. She
and her husband Ray will take turns driving it this week at Graffiti events.
Continued from page 22
California to cruise.
After visiting the River Forks Show-N-
Shine about 20
years ago, they
knew that this is
where they want-
ed to retire and
moved to Glide
in 2003.
Now, the
Roberts are on
the Graffiti com-
mittee and Bill
Roberts is associ-
ated with the
origination of
Glides Show n
Shine. They are
also members of
several car clubs,
including Street
Memories.
I like doing this because I get to talk
to a lot of people and socialize, Sandi
Roberts said.
The Roberts will be showing the
Oldsmobile Wednesday at the Graffiti
Kick Off at the Roseburg High School
parking lot, then will participate in the
Graffiti Cruise-In on Thursday in Rose-
burg and will
attend the
Umpqua Flat-
heads Rose-
burg Graffiti
Night Cruise
and Seven
Feathers Fun
Run on Sunday
in Canyonville.
On Friday,
theyll help
with Glides
car show.
You can
reach intern
reporter Jessi-
ca Prokop at
541-957-4213
or by email at jprokop@nrtoday.com.
Oldsmobile:
Continued from page 20
JESSICA PROKOP/The News-Review
Bill and Sandi Roberts names are painted
on the dash, matching the exterior paint of
the car.
This T-shirt was designed
and sold during the first
Graffiti Weekend in Roseburg
30 years ago. Numerous
different Graffiti themed
T-shirts have been featured
through the years since then.
CRAIG REED/The News-Review
1st
Graffiti
T-shirt
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