Local seniors relive their glory days

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) It was a special day for some Central Texas senior citizens who got the chance to relive their glory days with hot rods and fast cars.

(Photo by Christopher Shadrock)

Tom Pelt, the activities director at Royal Manor Nursing Home in Waco, organized a car show at the center for the residents.

By Tuesday morning more than a dozen vehicles filled the parking lot.

Several local dealerships including Bird Kultgen Ford, Jeff Hunter Toyota and Allen Samuels Dodge Jeep Ram also brought several newer muscle cars, Jeeps and trucks.

Pelt said Cooper Automotive in Hewitt was instrumental in helping getting the idea off the ground.

“Everyone welcomed me with open arms. It’s just been a fantastic adventure. Talking to Mr. Cooper and before I could get all the words out of my mouth he said yes, when and what time,” he said.

Staff at the nursing home helped escort residents around the old cars, even letting them honk the horns.

Wayne McBane, a resident, said he did not believe Pelt when he first said he was bringing a car show to the center.

“I thought they were kidding. Then they came around and signed us up and I knew it wasn’t a joke then,” McBane said.

He also said it reminded him of a simpler time.

“The old street cruising and just showing them off and just taking them out to the lake,” he said.

For Pelt he said he found inspiration in knowing that he, too, is getting older and hopes future generations will take care of him as he cares for his residents.

“One day I’m going to be where they are. And I hope there is somebody who will take an interest in me and the things that I liked that I can’t do anymore,” Pelt said.

In total it took about 20 people to organize Tuesday’s event.