Lighting a friend’s gift brings smiles


By Rick Carpenter - rick@altustimes.com



Carson Bitz stands by the car that a friend gave him and he’s using to brighten people’s lives.


Have you been wondering about that decorated car at Cooter’s Garage and Towing?

It’s the brainchild of Carson Bitz, a son of the owners of Cooter’s at 421 S. Main St.

Bitz has had his eye on a good friend’s car for years. With the friend battling stage 4 cancer, he advised Bitz to go ahead and pick it up in case something happened to him. Bitz used the family’s tow truck to pick up the Fiat 500 and place it in front of the store.

“I thought it’d be cute to decorate it for Christmas,” Bitz said.

So, he grabbed a Santa blow-up doll and re-purposed a discarded Christmas tree, wrapped them in strings of lights and some tinsel and, walla! — a Christmas car that will surely even bring a smile to Scrooge. It appears like Santa is driving the car with a Christmas tree loaded on top.

But the car doesn’t have an engine or a floorboard and it’s missing a few wheels. And it has painted on the side “West Motor Co.,” a company Bitz said is no longer in business.

And while it’s best seen at night when Santa is lit (not with alcohol, of course), it still turns heads in the daytime.

If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry. You’ll see it on the back of a Cooter’s tow truck in the Christmas Night of Lights Christmas Parade on Saturday. He’s also decorated a Volkswagen. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at Western Oklahoma State College, at Tamarack Road and Main Street and progresses south on Main to Commerce Street.

Carson Bitz stands by the car that a friend gave him and he’s using to brighten people’s lives.
http://www.altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Cooters2-1.jpgCarson Bitz stands by the car that a friend gave him and he’s using to brighten people’s lives.

By Rick Carpenter

rick@altustimes.com

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