Elite Customs staff members celebrated this occasion with a street party Saturday, Feb. 23. They gave out free hot dogs and soft drinks and held a custom car show. The band Top Shelf performed live music.
Elite Customs’ founder, Rick Parker, called the event “Hot Rods and Hot Dogs.”
Parker said he wanted to hold this event as a way to thank the community for its support over the years.
The event started with a small crowd mid-morning, but more and more people showed up as the event moved along.
“I guess we’re late blooming,” Parker said. “It’s amazing. What a great event.”
Attendees had a chance to vote on their favorite car, truck or motorcycle.
Elite Customs has been in the same location for 30 years, although the business has considerably expanded since then. Parker said most of the shop’s work is collision repair, although its staff members also do custom work and restorations. They also work on RVs and motor homes.
Over the years, Parker guessed, the business has worked on 11,000 to 12,000 cars.
The Feb. 23 event also marked the official opening of the shop’s second location at 400 Joshua Ave. It will have a facility there that can handle motor homes, as well as a retail shop called Elite Accessories. This will feature all sorts of vehicle accessories, including performance parts and accessories for cars, trucks, RVs, motor homes and off-road vehicles.
Elite Customs is located at 500 Joshua Ave. The shop’s phone number is 928-669-8040.