FTE Talks Trucks at 102nd Annual Tulsa International Auto Show
‘We look around at everything else, but we love our Fords,’ says one fan, and not even a little red Corvette could steal Ford’s thunder.
Reagan Tenant has always been into cars. The Tulsa native said it’s something that has been in his blood since he was a kid.
So, it wasn’t a surprise that Tenant showed up to the 102nd Annual Tulsa International Auto Show on April 14. But he didn’t come alone. Like in many families, Tenant’s love of automobiles has been passed down to his sons.
“I always take my boys every year to come see it,” Tenant said. “They are real excited. They wanted to see a Corvette. They want to get in and check it out. I take pictures with them. They just really enjoy it.”
The Tenants were just a few of the hundreds of automobile enthusiasts that came through the doors of the River Spirit Expo from April 12 to 14.
The Tulsa International Auto Show is one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma. The show featured new cars and trucks from 25 automobile brands, such as Ford, Chevy, Lexus, BMW, Mercedes and Dodge.
The event also included a recreation of 1960s-era Tulsa Auto Show exhibits with dozens of gorgeous vintage automobiles from the era.
‘We always look at Fords. We are just brand loyal to Fords. We look around at everything else, but we love our Fords.’
“There are so many popular automobiles we associate with the 1960s era,” said Tom Bloomfield, General Manager with Don Thornton Automotive Group. “We hope visitors to this year’s Tulsa Auto Show recognize some of their favorites as they check out the 1960s auto show exhibit.”
But for Richard Dixon and his 2-year-old grandson, they headed straight to one particular area as soon as they arrived.
“We always look at Fords, man,’ said Dixon. “We are just brand loyal to Fords. Always had good luck with our Ford trucks. We look around at everything else, but we love our Fords.”
‘[The kids] get excited, just like I do, about the cars. It’s good bonding time and something that we can grow on. And maybe they will take their kids one day.’
Like the Tenants, Dixon’s love of cars and trucks has been passed down through the generations. And even at an early age, his grandson knows what he likes.
“I brought him here to kind of get him the exposure to the things that are going on in Tulsa,” said Dixon. “He is into the cars at the age of two. So, I wanted to bring him out and let him see all the different cars and trucks that are out here. I think just being a little boy and playing with them in the yard is what got him into them. Every time he goes to a store and he sees a car, he wants one.”
Because of its laid-back style, the Tulsa Auto Show has become a great way for parents and grandparents to spend time with their children doing something they both enjoy.
“We went last year and this year, and we plan to keep on going,” Tenant said. “They are old enough now that I don’t have to keep a line on them. They get excited, just like I do, about the cars. The sports cars especially. It’s great. It’s good bonding time with them and something that we can grow on. And maybe they will take their kids one day.”
Dixon, who is from Spiro, Oklahoma, agreed.
“It’s a good bonding experience for me and him,” said Dixon about his young grandson. “It gives him an opportunity to see the variety of things taking place and some of the good things that are going on here in the Tulsa area.”