It was a beautiful day at the GALOT Motorsports Park on Saturday as hot cars and big stars converged at the new facility for the “Get a Load of This” Car Show.
Over 100 cars, including old classics and new hotrods, were on display for all to see and enjoy. Highlighting the car show were special appearances by the General Lee, the famous flame-red 1969 Dodge Challenger coined by “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and the famous black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am known as KITT in the television series “Knight Rider.”
Fans were also treated to autographs and photo opportunities with some familiar names. Byron Cherry, who portrayed Coy Duke, one of the new Duke Boys, in the 1982–83 season of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and Ron and Amy Shirley from “Lizard Lick Towing” and “Recovery” were all on location meeting and greeting fans while also filming segments for the upcoming reality show “Burning Rubber.”
All three stars, as well as producers of the show, shared their remarks on the new show as well as how it all kind of fell into place.
“Earl Wells and his staff and crew will take you behind the scenes and show you what it is like to burn some rubber,” remarked Monty Hobbs, one of the producers for the series. “The audience will sit in the driver’s seat.”
“’Burning Rubber’ was a vision after the impressive build that Earl has done here at GALOT Motorsports Park. Having the most up-to-date facility is the making of a reality show that has to happen. With the elements of fast cars, the GALOT brand, and a little bit of humor as well as the high octane energy it provides, ‘Burning Rubber’ is sure to pack a punch. We have two guest stars in Byron Cherry and Ron and Amy Shirley from Lizard Lick, all who have big followings of their own, and we have fans all across the county eager to know when the show is going to air,” Hobbs said.
Production will wrap up late summer or early fall and then network announcement should be announced by early fall, he noted.
High enthusiasm was shared by both Cherry and Shirley when speaking of the level of potential “Burning Rubber” has going forward.
“There’s never been a successful reality racing show on television. There’s so much that goes into it and one of the leading ideas is that you have to be at a track where you can film year after year and one where you know the people are going to come,” Shirley said.
“When they first pitched this idea to us we came right on out. We used to come to GALOT when it was Dunn-Benson Dragstrip and (new track owner) Mr. Wells has come out and done a great job and has brought history with him in the bleachers from Daytona International Speedway and I’d say this is one of, if not the most, pristine tracks in the nation,” he continued.
Shirley also had high remarks Earl Wells and attributes the show’s potential to Wells’ hard work.
“When you talk to Earl Wells it’s like talking to your dad. He’s so humble. If you were walk up to him in Walmart you would not know just who he was. He’s just the most genuine, giving man I’ve met in a long time and seeing what he’s accomplished here, bringing the Pro Mods out here, how can you not film a reality show here? I honestly think network TV is going to eat this show up.”
“What sold me — all that sounded good and all — but they told me I get to work with Coy Duke and we’ll bring the General Lee out there. If they’d told me that from the get go I’d been on board right there,” Shirley joked.
Cherry echoed similar excitement about the potential “Burning Rubber” has.
“Today’s been an awesome day. We had a good turnout, nice weather, met some good folks and we’re able to get in some filming,” Cherry stated.
“I met Monty Hobbs through social media about seven years ago and when they pitched the idea of ‘Burning Rubber’ to me and getting the opportunity to work with the folks from ‘Lizard Lick Towing,’ I just couldn’t help but think what a great idea this sounded like,” Cherry continued.
“I look forward to working with these guys and coming back and being part of all this because I believe the ceiling is high for the show.”
In addition to the car show and filming for Burning Rubber, there’s also several upcoming events the GALOT team wants fans to know about. The Mule City 300, NTPA Championship Pulling, will be June 2-3 at 7 p.m. and the Mad Mule Pro Mod Shootout will be July 1 and November 4.
Fans are encouraged to check out the official GALOT website at www.galotmotorsportspark.com for frequent updates, scheduling, and ticket purchases as well as the GALOT Motorsports Park Facebook page.
Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]