Downtown Roseburg filled on Friday with people gazing at hot classic cars and looking for hot deals at businesses.
“We’ve been doing this for years. I like to see the people and the cars, shop,” said Verna Mead, 77.
The Wilbur resident was accompanied by great-grandchildren Taylor Mead, 6, and Carter Mead, 4. The youngsters were most interested in the ice cream social at Oregon Pacific Bank and picking out their favorite cars, which they based on color. Carter said he likes “the orange one.” His sister said she prefers the red cars.
The Roseburg Downtown Fun Day was held Friday as part of the 33rd annual Graffiti Weekend, which continues today and Sunday.
Many business owners displayed merchandise on the sidewalk in front of the stores. Some had special sales, while others offered drawings for items.
“Graffiti brings a lot of people down here who are either visiting or who don’t normally shop downtown, and they come down here and experience shopping in downtown Roseburg,” said Debbie Kline, co-owner of The Painted Nest in the 400 block of Southeast Jackson Street. “There is excitement down here, and it’s so refreshing. It’s also fun to see all the cars.”
Potential customers roaming the stores also checked out classic cars parked along Jackson Street, many of which will return to downtown for tonight’s Umpqua Flatheads Car Club’s cruise starting at 6 p.m.
One of the cars was a 1966 cherry red Chevelle Malibu that belongs to Mabel Johnston of Auburn, California. The 79-year-old spent Friday morning sitting outside Alexander’s Creek Cuisine with her sister, Gay Moulden of Roseburg. Her car, which she calls Ruby, was parked in front of the two.
“I like to sit down and talk to people about my car,” Johnston said.
She said her interest in Graffiti Weekend started during a visit to see her sister more than 20 years ago. “It’s her fault,” Johnston said, pointing at Moulden.
That first year, Johnston and her husband, Allen, earned a trophy at the show-in-shine for their 1941 dark metallic blue Master Deluxe Chevrolet.
“We got hooked,” Johnston said. “We have five vintage cars. We caught the disease.”
Moulden, 62, has a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle, a red beauty she named Scarlet. She said she likes that Graffiti Weekend means both classic cars and her sister will be in Roseburg.
Ayden Rowe, 5, was also pretty excited about it being Graffiti Weekend.
“I like the ice cream, and I love the cool cars,” the Roseburg boy said. “I like the orange one with the dice.”
The orange car was a 1939 Chevy Tower Sedan named Orange Smoothie owned by Bill Spaghola of Snohomish, Washington.
Across the street sat a wine red 1947 Chevy Sedan. John Feeback, 67, of Winchester said the car belonged to his friend, Jim Boaz, who passed away last year.
Feeback said Boaz purchased the Chevy in 2008 to restore it. Halfway into the project, Boaz was diagnosed with colon cancer.
“It wasn’t finished when he passed, so I helped,” Feeback said.
The two’s friendship started in 2001 as members of the Umpqua Flatheads Car Club. Feeback said he is hoping to sell the car during Graffiti Weekend for his late friend’s family.
The price tag is $39,000 or best offer.
“It’s a nice car. It just takes that special person to buy it,” Feeback said.
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