Cars, coffee and doughnuts

06/13/2014 2:13 PM

06/14/2014 10:33 AM

What began as a simple get-together for coffee and doughnuts has evolved into a monthly informal car show – still featuring coffee and doughnuts.

“The first one was in March of 2010. It started off as a PR thing, where we invited a few customers to bring their hot rods in,” said Terry Scroggin, owner of Kansas Dry Stripping in Derby. “Then word got out and it became more of a car guy get-together.”

He credits his son and co-worker, Ryan Scroggin, with the idea.

“A friend of his in the Kansas City area was doing a doughnut day and he thought it would work here, too.”

It turns out that coffee, cars and doughnuts are a natural combination that gives car lovers a good excuse to get together, check out each other’s vehicles and swap car stories.

“A lot of guys debut their cars here,” Terry Scroggin said. “One thing led to another. We average about 30 cars, and about 50 guys who stop by.”

That number picks up during the spring and summer months.

Cars begin rolling in about 7:30 a.m. on doughnut day.

A table is set up inside the shop and attendees are reminded to sign the “field hood,” a worn-out piece of sheet metal saved from the scrap heap. There’s even an official doughnut day dash plaque awarded to each participant.

The Scroggins have had to implement an invitation-only policy to keep from being overwhelmed. At this month’s doughnut day, more than 10 dozen doughnuts disappeared before the crowd dispersed.

After a few minutes hobnobbing inside, when the doughnut table has been raided and the foam coffee cups refilled, most guys retire to the parking lot to check out the cars. They range from hot rods and muscle cars to classic vintage cars, such as Ron Moore’s 1923 Model T touring car, which he drove in all the way from Goddard, or Merv Criser’s beautiful 1931 Model A Victoria powered by a Rutherford overhead valve conversion 4-cylinder engine.

Phil Benway had brought his beautiful yellow ’55 Studebaker coupe to the event. A gorgeously detailed late-model Corvette engine is tucked under the sloping hood, but the interior was still in bare metal, awaiting upholstery.

“This has been a 14 year project – so far,” he said as he fired up his car and headed out.

Carson Chatwell III brought twin daughters Audrey and Whitney in his stunning ’40 Ford DeLuxe Coupe, the girls in bright sun dresses, the coupe in mile-deep metallic blue paint. It was the twins’ first doughnut day.

“They’ll be 3 next month,” he said as they posed for a photo.

A couple of hours after it began, doughnut day was winding down, with cars being fired up and tires chirping as people headed out to get on with their day’s schedule. For car nuts, doughnut day is just about the perfect way to start any day.

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