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Behind the Scenes

Cars of Palestine was organized in 1986 in Palestine, Texas, located in beautiful East Texas, to provide an opportunity for local car enthusiasts to meet, socialize and maintain the spirit of good fellowship. We encourage the use of these special interest autos in activities which promote our community; however car ownership is not a requirement for membership.

Cars of Palestine, Inc. is a family-oriented, non-profit organization that participates in local parades several times each year, travels to other communities for parades and shows, hosts other car clubs in our state who visit Palestine, and gives assistance to members and non-members alike in finding parts – and sometimes that special auto in someone’s memory. Cars of Palestine is a member of the Texas Vehicle Club Council and the Palestine Chamber of Commerce.

On a community service level, Cars of Palestine awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors within Anderson County. It has been a pleasure to sponsor one of our members, Marian Raney in her efforts to raise monies for Relay for Life. Cars of Palestine sponsors toy and food drives annually as well, with the “Fill the convertible” program held in Palestine. In October we will fill the convertible with food and in November with toys. All items collected will benefit local Churches and Food banks in town. We recently completed our “Potties in the Park” project in which we will built public restroom facilities at Davey Dogwood Park. This project was made possible by many generous donations from other organizations and individuals. The potties will be open to the public as soon as the state says it is safe to do so after this pandemic.

Members of the Cars of Palestine are an enthusiastic group, willing to take their special autos to activities where they can provide joy and fun to the citizens in the community. We have taken our autos to the Sterling House in Palestine for the residents to see and recall their special memories. We parked our autos at the Texas State Railroad Park for a special treat to those riding the rails. And we participated in parades locally. As proud as we are of our special autos, it is hard to say who gets more pleasure from our activities – the public or ourselves. We enjoy going for drives through the countryside together and usually plan a mystery cruise in the spring and in the fall so that we can enjoy the changing foliage. Show us where a car show or parade is being held in our area and we are there to show off our cars. And don't be surprised if you see us hanging out together in a local park with our cars on display.




Mac Dempsey


Jeannette Alford


Lynn Oden


Anthony Broughton



Ken Bruner

Director 2019-2021

Melissa Broughton

Director 2020-2022

Billy Allen

Director 2021-2023