T ulsa played host to a large car show this past weekend that brought in thousands of people and hundreds of vintage Pontiacs from 40 states and Canada.
While the show was a success, many car owners were less than amused when they wiped their cars down for the final time and noticed an abrasive film covering their cars. Now they want to know who is responsible,
The 35th annual Pontiac Oakland Convention, which was held in Tulsa, started off with a bang. Hundreds of vintage vehicle owners showed off their classic cars. According to News On 6 anchor Craig Day, organizers were calling the event “a huge success,” up until the last day of the five day event, when enthusiasm stalled.
“You rub it on top of the bumper, and it sounded like rubbing a credit card on your chin. There’s a very rough texture there without a doubt,” car owner Larry Crider told the local news station.
According to local news report, while the cars were on display downtown, some were covered with a type of spray or film, or something that changed the texture of the cars.
It may be hard to see, but Larry Ritz told reporters that he can clearly tell the spray is on his 1969 Judge GTO.
Car owners aren’t sure if the spray can be buffed off without damaging high dollar paint jobs.
The car owners say at the very least it could cost hundreds, perhaps even thousands of dollars to return the vehicles to the condition they were in before they rolled into Tulsa. Now those car owners and event organizers are trying to figure out where the spray came from and who is responsible.
No cause has been definitely determined, but car owners believe a possible source could be painting at a nearby hotel or construction at a nearby convention center.
“If you feel the paint job, it’s as rough as sandpaper,” said Ritz.
A spokesman for the company that is in charge of some of the renovations at the hotel, says they’re investigating the claims and have even checked other exposed surfaces like newspaper stands and sidewalks, but haven’t found evidence of any widespread damage by any overspray.