Staggs' antique car makes the movies

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kay Staggs' 1941 Super Deluxe Chevrolet was one of the cars recently used in filming a movie, "The Last Ride." The movie is about the life of country singer Hank Williams Sr. It was being filmed in Arkansas out from Little Rock.

Kay Staggs with her 1941 Chevrolet and the first trophy she ever won in 1990. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Staggs, a member of the Buffalo Island Classic Cruisers Car Club, and Arkansas Representative of the National Street Rod Association Plus, was contacted about her car. "LeRoy Douglas of Manila is a member of the car club and he was contacted by a person who was looking for old vehicles to be used in the movie. LeRoy put me in touch with him and I submitted a picture of my car. Both my car and LeRoy's were chosen to be used in the movie. LeRoy drove his 1948 Buick during the filming but I was not able to stay with my car. I drove it to a friends' house in Benton and the movie crew picked it up and used it when it was needed. I was told it would be in several scenes but not to be surprised if it is a different color. It is the original color of blue but thanks to technology, they will be able to make it red, blue, or black in the scenes. They will be doing some more filming in April and maybe I will be free to drive my own car then."

Staggs has turned into a scout for the area and is on the lookout for 1934-1952 vehicles with the original look for future use in the movie. She said if anyone has a car they can contact her at (870) 664-0196 and she will put them in contact with a representative from the movie.

The Staggs have owned the 1941 Chevy for several years.

"We bought it from the Hetlers," Staggs said. "It is originally from Manila and was in the Costner Family at one time."

Staggs and her husband, Dan, live in Monette. They have enjoyed antique cars and shows for over 20 years.

Ironically Mrs. Staggs entered her first car show by accident in 1990. They had a 1957 Chevrolet and a 1984 Chrysler Labaron convertible. Their son, Jamie, was a big fan of Mark Martin. She promised Jamie she would take him to Batesville to a car show where Martin was going to be.

"When I drove in, I was directed over to a grassy area to park," Staggs said. "When I parked, we were next to Mark Martin and his race car. Jamie jumped out and ran over to meet him. I was told to go inside and register my car and I knew I had been directed to the wrong area. I went over to get Jamie so we could park in the spectator area. Mr. Martin told me to go ahead and register. I said the car was not even cleaned up. He said no problem he got his cleaning stuff and they went over and started getting my car ready. Well, I won runner-up and I was hooked. That was my first trophy and I carry it in the trunk of my car all of the time. At that first show I got a lot of flyers announcing upcoming events. Shortly after going to Batesville Danny and I took both our vehicles to show in Stuttgart. To this day I tell my son it is his fault."

She and Dan started the Buffalo Island Classic Cruiser Club almost 20 years ago and it has been a real blessing to them throughout the years.

"We have a great group of people and they are all interested in helping in the community," she said. "If we hear of people with health needs we try to help. Every Christmas we try to help a family going through difficult times. We are very active in the communities."

They host one car show a year in Caraway. This year's show will be held on Saturday, April 24.

"We always have a good time," she said.

Dan and Kay have had a lot of cars over the last 20 years. They have a 1939 Plymouth they built from the ground up. It belongs to their grandson. Their granddaughter claims the 1941 Chevrolet and is glad it is going to be in a movie.

She said her husband likes to "horse trade" and so they had several antique cars. Of all of the cars they have had her favorites were a 1965 Buick Skylark convertible and a hot pink 1938 Plymouth.

Mrs. Staggs had no interest in old cars 20 years ago but today would be considered an expert when it comes to antique and classic vehicles.

She owns Kay's Trophies in Monette.

"I was returning from a car show and decided I would check into making trophies," she said.

She discovered she likes to make the trophies as well as win them.

She also makes the picture plaques at car shows.

"I love attending different car shows," she said. "We have made wonderful friends."

In addition to the local car shows she participates in the Skaggs enjoy going to Oklahoma in April, Springfield, Mo., in May, Louisville, Ky., in August, and the big Cruise In at Mt. View in November. She also enjoys going to shows in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. This year they plan on going to Indiana for the James Dean Run.

She said she can't wait to see the movie when it is finished.

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