The Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES —
Though life may have been all heartaches and hangovers for George Jones, his legacy lives on with a souped up ’39 Buick Coupe that’s hotter than a two-dollar pistol.
The coupe, owned by J.D. and Carole Peet of Port Neches, was originally fixed up for Jones’ sister and brother-in-law from Vidor as a grand thank you of sorts, according to the Peets.
The story goes that as Jones was growing up, his sister would let him borrow their ’39 Buick, so when he hit it big, he was quick to snatch one up. After the initial purchase, Jones added air conditioning, a radio, CB, brand-new black velvet upholstery and of course a horsepower-cranking hopped-up engine, making sure she was the fastest thing around.
J.D. and Carole enjoy showing off their head-turner, putting it in numerous local car shows, taking their oldest grand-daughter to prom and riding in the 11th Street Cruise in Beaumont.
And not only do the Peets own the car once owned by “No Show Jones,” J.D. used to work with him as a Western Union messenger around 1946 delivering telegrams to local businesses and people. He can vividly recall Jones’ burning passion when it came to singing and performing.
“He carried that guitar everywhere he went,” said Peet, recalling how Jones used to embarrass him after work. “He’d make me stand at the corner of Pearl and Fannin and he’d sing me a song, everybody would just be staring.”
Shortly after that Jones left to find the spotlight and J.D. was able to see him perform in Houston, Beaumont and Lake Charles. And though J.D. won’t be able to see good old Jones perform again, he can still pop a tape into the player in the Buick and listen to “The Race is On.”
Peet said Jones wasn’t in it for the fame, bright lights or money.
“He just did it cause he loved it.”