On Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 the Red Boiling Springs Fire and Rescue Department hosted RBS Autojam in honor of former Fire Chief Jimmy Roark. Until the early nineties, RBS Autojam was a regular event in Red Boiling Springs, drawing large crowds and lots of entries. Participation dwindled after 1990 and the Fire and Rescue Department stopped sponsoring the event until 1995 when it was resurrected by then Fire Chief Jimmy Roark.
“That was the last time the RBS Fire Department sponsored Autojam,” said current Assistant Fire Chief Travis Davis. “We wanted to put it back on this year to help raise money for our new fire engine and honor the memory of Jimmy Neal Roark who passed away six years ago. Back in the ’90’s” he said, “this was something he started and it kind of fell to the wayside. We quit doing it. But, this year, we brought it back in his memory.”
RBS Autojam is a city function, sponsored by the Fire and Rescue Department. Several businesses in Red Boiling Springs and Lafayette helped support the event with donations, not the least of which was the Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum Restoration and Repair Shop, who donated their facility. Additionally, Napa Auto Parts bought and donated all the trophies and Wolf Hill Tire and Service bought and donated all the dash flags. Many members of both the RBS and Lafayette Fire Departments donated their time and expertise. Davis said, “Several members of the Lafayette Fire Department came over to help us today. It’s a pretty good turn out. Just a lot of good people came out and helped us make this possible.”
The event raised about $2500 for the Fire Department, according to Chief Randy Hagan. There were approximately sixty entries judged by Dan Mea, Jack West, Billy Gregory and Tom Loftus and Mark Hix. Ryan McClanahan received the Jimmy Roark Award for his 1972 Chevy Chevelle SS. Jesse White won the Mayor’s Choice with his 1956 Chevy two-door hard top. Roger Towe won the Chief’s Choice with a 1934 Ford Coupe. And, Ricky Gregory won Best in Show with a 1973 Dodge Charger.