Unique Trophies Offered

Prizes for Steele Rubber Open House

Larry Jewett - September 19, 2011 03:34 PM


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Greg “Frog” Ridgeway, 38, combines his two loves into a distinct trophy making business. “I have always been into cars and art … this is basically the same thing,” he said.
 His trophies are being used in the Steele Rubber Products Open House on September 24. More than 200 cars will crowd the Denver, North Carolina, plant between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to compete in ten categories for Ridgeway’s one of a kind trophies. Each piece is handmade using scrap metal parts from old cars such as pistons, spark plugs, and taillights. Ridgeway adds elements like spiders made from tire threads, red flames carefully cut and shaped to seem realistic and his prized piece is the first one he ever made. It is a small trophy labeled “Braxton” – the name of his son. It features detailed etching and a model car made completely from scrap pieces. He spent eight hours perfecting it.
The Open House is in the fourth year for Steele Rubber Products. The company makes quality weatherstripping and rubber parts for classic vehicles. In addition to the car show, patrons will be treated to an arts and crafts fair, giveaways, plant tours of the facility and demonstrations.  Community food vendors will be available and Steele customers will receive discounts for parts purchased at the event.
Competing cars must register online or at the event. There is a $10 registration fee which will be donated to the B.R.A.K.E.S foundation for safe teenage driving.
For more information about the Open House or to register your vehicle visit or call 1-800-230-8101.