Cruisin’ With the Quads

Oldham County car club
to kick off summer cruise-ins

They hold their events
on La Grange's Main Street

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (April 2012) – Pat Cole always wanted a convertible. She got her wish when she purchased a 1932 Ford Roadster and proved that you didn’t have to be one of the boys to join a car club.
Once she took a ride in the Roadster she was hooked. “I negotiated a price and my husband was thrilled,” she said.
Her husband, Donnie Cole, 63, grew up in La Grange and loved cars, she said. “I just went along with it. He looked up to the guys in the Quads Club.”
The Quads Club, short for Quads, Rods and Custom Car Club, was popular in the area when it was established in 1957. It made a comeback a few years ago and “we were with the club from the beginning,” said Cole, who is originally from Louisville.
When she bought her 1932 Ford Roadster, its fiberglass body was already restored. She said her husband had always wanted a collector car and bought his 1932 Ford Coupe before she purchased her Roadster. “My husband and a friend, Don Withers, restored his car,” said Cole, 63.
The couple is members of the National Street Rod Association, as are most members of the Quads, Rods and Custom Car Club, she said. Club members often “get together and do things and go to different places and on different runs.”
Cole said the thing she likes best about the Quads Club is “the people.” And members never lack for a car cruise. “Every week from the spring through the fall, there is a show going on somewhere,” Cole said.
A local show Cole and her husband will participate in is the upcoming “Cruisin’ with the Quads,” a series of car shows that opens Saturday, April 28. Sponsored by Quads, Rods and Custom Car Club and Discover Downtown La Grange, this free series will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Main Street in La Grange the fourth Saturday of each month through October.
The purpose of the car shows is to “get together and have fun,” said Quads club member and series organizer Barney Barnett. There will be door prizes, various activities, music and lots of cars.
Barnett has several custom cars he has collected over the years: a 1944 Coupe, 1964 Corvette, 1969 Corvette and a 1975 Corvette, just to name a few. In the past, this car show was held at Dairy Queen in La Grange. Any money made is “put back into charities, back into the county,” said Barnett.
The Quads, Rods and Custom Car Club originated with several young members, said Barnett. After many of the members graduated between 1959 and 1960, they went away to college or joined the Army.
About seven years ago, when Barnett became semi-retired, he got a bunch of individuals together and started the club back up. “There are a few members who do not have cars,” he said. “Anybody can join the club.”
The club meets once a month on the second Thursday of the month. They also hold an annual car show at the Cherry House on the first Saturday in July. At these shows, attendees are sure to see everything from Corvettes to street rods to muscle cars, said Barnett.

• For more information on the “Cruisin’ with the Quads” car show season, contact Barney Barnett at (502) 548-8755 or visit the website: www.QuadsRodsAndCustoms.com.

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