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Red Carpet Car Wash celebrates 40th anniversary

Family-owned car wash has grown to four stores, 120 employees

BY PAULA BURKES Modified: June 28, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 29, 2012
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During Oklahoma’s oil boom, it wasn’t uncommon for industry tycoons every week to run their luxury cars through the automatic Red Carpet Car Wash at 6405 N May Ave. or at 5100 N Pennsylvania Ave. In the mid-’70s, the May store alone washed up to 120 cars an hour, averaging 132,000 annually, owner Jim Blakewell said.

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Spokeswoman sought

Oklahoma City’s Red Carpet Car Wash is seeking a new spokeswoman for its nearly 5-year-old “Maid for your Car” media campaign. Deadline is Tuesday for applicants to submit a photo and two-minute video, using a script available at facebook.com/RedCarpetOKC. Four finalists will be chosen by retiring spokeswoman Kris Grimes, Oklahoma City University drama professor Jeannie Showler and Harvey Jenkins and Tashonda Dixon of Body Trends Electro Spa, and judged by Red Carpet customers during the company’s 40th anniversary celebration July 15-Aug. 11. The winner will receive a minimum one-year contract, which owner Jim Blakewell said will include an estimated $5,000 to $6,000 in annual compensation for multi-platform advertising and public appearances, free car washes and other prizes.

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