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Offering New Features – 13th Annual Gibb Car Show

Fred Gibb Memorial had their 13th Annual Car Show last Saturday, August 6 at LaHarpe. The event starts in Monmouth on Friday before travelling to LaHarpe for Saturday’s show. After on LaHarpe they moved to Macomb square on Saturday night.

The show had over 100 pre entries with lots of new cars that are first time in the said event. One of these cars is a rare vehicle named 1954 Corvette which known as the bubble top. Participants from different places such as California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and other states are present in the car show which helps to feature 45 classes of cars. Race cars, performance cars, and the old & new collection of ZL-1 are in the display area that is originally from Fred Gibb. Raffles, auction, music, food and other entertainments are the things that they enjoyed a lot during that event. Shottenkirk’s of Fort Madison, Iowa donated a 427 engine for the raffle and this engine is worth over $28,000. They had a special auction for the benefit of Jamie Shuda who has a breast cancer and a 50/50 raffle for the veterans of World War II. The show started it with a biscuits and gravy breakfast at 7am. Registrations begin at 8am to 11am with an entrance fee of $15. The Illinois National Guard Military Funeral Honor led the singing of the National Anthem and the presentation of colors.  Judging time initiated at 11am to 2pm and giving of awards at 3:30pm.

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Journey for a Cause – VFW Car Show

VFW has made an historic event for a cause, the VFW Car Show at the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 in Naperville. The event is for the National Navy Seal Museum and the Wounded Warriors Project. As their debut, the display area is filled with different classic cars. There are 30 vehicles that are restored to its finest form with a great touch to maintain its quality. As part of the show they had given 5 different raffles and prices. Rolf Snyder, the marketing director for the Navy Seal Museum noticed that the community of Naperville bonded together for this “heart-warming” auto show. There are donations from different companies such as the Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Black Finn Restaurant, Best Buy and Naperville Nuts and Sweets. An auction for a copy of “Lone Survivor: An Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Navy Seal Team 10,” was donated by Anderson’s Bookstore.

A 1949 Kaiser Special owned by John Patti, long-gone 1967 Plymouth Barracuda with a 383 cubic-inch engine and a 1992 Chevrolet Camaro are some of the highlights in the show. The jet black 1966 Ford Mustang of Bill Shrink won the grand price on the said event. Patti said that he is already a member of the Kaiser-Frazer Club even without a car. Staff and many car enthusiasts want this car show annually as they love to see different cars in their place.

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The First St. John Car Show

The first ever St. John Car Show will start on Saturday at the St. John Lutheran Church parking area in 7214 Cass Avenue. This is an event that a car fanatic should never miss. The said show will start from 8am to 3pm with 60-70 cars are expected to join this Car Show. The show coordinator said that they made this event to help and support one of the well-known members of St. John family, Shami the Comfort Dog.

Shami is a 2 year old golden retriever that is trained to be a good friend, spread little joy to the people and to provide peace and comfort. And also they have noticed that there are many people having tough times today. This car show may be the reason to have fun in the community. As Swatson said, “I’m looking forward to the place being full of wonderful cars and people walking around and having a good time”. Aside from the different cars, the congregation member also prepared some foods like hotdogs. A music powered by Platinum Events and Promotions is also present – enjoying the music while having a good time watching different display of cars in the area. They also give prizes and raffles as some of the local businesses have donated for the event such as a $60 gift basket from Culvers, $35 in Buona Beef gift cards and a gift basket from Avon. There are eight prizes that will be given in the show including the Pastor’s Choice and Best of Show Awards. The event is for free, no entrance fee but there is a $10 entry fee for participating cars.

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Locust Grove Car Show – Unique Classic Cars

Lots of different historic cars are at the Locust Grove for the Locust Grove Car Show. There are more than 200 cars in the event and these cars are remarkable vintage car like the 1913 Fiat built in Poughkeepsie with a blue color, a maroon 1915 Hudson 6-54 and a 1916 white Pierce-Arrow Model 38. There is also a Ford Model T’s and a reinstated 1924 model in the display area brought by Doug Stanford. He is a mechanic by trade who owns 6 Model T’s which one them converted into a snowmobile. He took 3 tears to restore his first car and hoping that someday he can start a restoration business. One of the residents of Poughkeepsie, Chuck Mitchell who’s been 51 years in car restoration brought a 1953 Buick Skylark convertible and a 1942 Packard Super 8 convertible. A 1969 L78 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro colored in burnished brown is also present in the show. This car model is honored at the National Car Shows which is owned by a private collector. Other vintage car that is also recognized by it restoration work is the 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro.

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Fantastic Cars Excel in Vernal Car Show

One of the biggest annual car shows on Dinaland history was celebrated with 125 cars in the display area which comes from different places like Roosevelt, Vernal, California, Colorado and Wyoming. One of the participants named Chipita Rowley form Roosevelt brought her 2010 Chevy Camaro. This car has tremendous specs under its hood, 6.2 liter engine with a power output of 422 horsepower. Her car received the “Best of the 1990’s and Newer” award which she receive in 2 consecutive years as she receive also a “Mayor’s Choice” trophy last year. She painted her car with a green color stripes in memory of his son Daniel, whose favorite color was green.

Other awards was also given like the “Best Ford” received by Jack Seitz from Vernal for his 1929 Model A. “Best of 1920s” was given to Mike Mahoney from Vernal for his 1924 Cadillac Limousine. “Best of 1940s” and “Best of 1960s” were given to Bill Hall and Marvin Bozarth for their 1948 Plymouth Coupe and 1966 Ford Galaxy. Jo Gardiner and Dwayne Allan as their 1970 Plymouth Road Runner GTX and 1982 Chevy Truck was awarded as the “Best of 1970s” and “Best of 1980s”. The 1972 Plymouth Duster and 1937 Chevy Erratic Custom of Leon Roush and Mike Ferrira were awarded as the “Best Mopar” and “Best of Show”.

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Historic Car Show at the Church

Big Country Region Car Club showed different types of vintage automobiles displayed in the parking lot at The Church in Seven Run. Old music serenades the visitors and car lovers while they are enjoying watching the restored cars. Jerry Prodoehl, Director of Big Country Region Car Club brings his 1939 Chevy truck which he said that it is originally a farm truck in his family. He decided to bring back his vehicle, and now when you look at it you never thought that this truck spend hard day on the farm.

Joe Hyla, the event coordinator said that they are helping each other in bringing classic cars into life. Hyla owned a 1967 Chevelle Malibu and a member of the Anne Arundel County chapter since 1984. Big Country Region is actually a Chevrolet Club but in a Saturday show they accept various kinds of models because it is a non-judge occasion. They let other people to showcase their vintage with no competition at all, purely just for fun. In connection with this, they let visitors to pick their favorite car and the top three cars will be given a trophy and the same time the Director (Prodoehl) will give the Director’s Choice trophy to the owner of his favorite vehicle.

The Club will hosts 4 Car Shows and one of this show is an annual show which is held at the Downs Park in Pasadena. Big Country Region Car Club is also a member of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America (VCCA) and they scheduled to travel this year for the VCCA Fiftieth Anniversary event.

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13th Annual American Graffiti Car Show and Festival

The 13th annual American Graffiti Car Show and Festival was held at the Modesto Junior College West Campus last Saturday. The event was very successful as they showcases 850 classic cars, 60 cars increase from last year. They had a classic car parade at downtown and music at the State Theater. They also offer a showing of “Grease” at the State and ’50s-era music at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Steve Perry, Chairman of the club said, that the attendance at about 6000 people excluding the car owners. One of the most eye-catching cars in the said event is the 1966 Mustang Fastback owned by Rod Neilsen which has a maximum speed of 230 mph with a license plate “Beautiful British Columbia”. He has a restoring business in Vancouver that according to him he spent $500,000 just modify his car and as a result he made a good looking Mustang that could possibly be the most extremely modified 1966 Mustang Fastback. One of the participants named Harvey Pimentel from Riverbank also brought his 1957 Chevy Stepside Pickup which he owned since 1983. Though its paint is 20 years old but still it looks perfect. He is a mechanic so he can minimize his expenses as he spends at around $70,000 for the modification of his car. They put up this show to raise money for their charity.

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