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Classic cars draw hundreds to Main Street

September 22, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

With songs of crusin' and surfin' by the Beach Boys providing a fitting backdrop, Marshalltown's Main Street was packed with vintage cars and trucks from every era for Oktemberfest's annual classic car show Friday night.

Hundreds of onlookers, many with popcorn and beverages in hand, had their choice to gaze upon nearly 80 vehicles of all makes, colors and sizes.

A 1929 Mercedes Benz Gazelle - a two seat roadster - owned by Jim and Cherlene Hulin of Dillon, attracted a crowd as did several 1957 Chevrolets. Ken Buffington of Marshalltown had his black '57 out as did Jim Parker of Grinnell, whose cherry-red '57 was popular as was a yellow Chevrolet convertible owned by Marshalltown's Bob Beard.

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Roy Swanson of Knoxville is shown wiping down his 1972 Dodge Challenger 340 “Six Pak” at Oktemberfest’s annual classic car Show on Main Street Friday night. “SUPERBLU” is the car’s vanity plate. Swanson said he attends the Oktemberfest and other shows. His Challenger won Best Mopar division at last year’s Oktemberfest show. Joining Swanson were many other car owners cleaning their vehicles inside and out after driving in from various locales.

Muscle car aficionados were pleased - on the street was a 1969 Pontiac Firebird and a 1972 Dodge Challenger among others.

Pick up truck fanciers had much to see as well.

Ross Long's 1929 Ford Truck Model A, a 1934 Ford Pickup owned by Lyndon and Karen Williams and a 1939 Ford Pickup with vanity plates "SMURFY 1" were crowd pleasers.

Jim Hulin said he was pleased with the turnout and then explained how he came to own the Gazelle.

"I bought it at an auction in Dillon," he said matter-of-factly. "The owner was going into a nursing home. 'I said to myself, I have to buy this car.'"

Steve Jacobson of Marshalltown said he and his wife Ginger come to the show every year.

"It is fun to come down here and see all of the different cars and trucks," he said. "Seeing them makes me wish I had kept my 1965 Mercury Comet, which I had fixed up extensively."

Melissa Ulch of Marshalltown said she was impressed with the variety and the amount of work each owner had put into their vehicles.

In addition to four cash prizes of $100 each, awards were presented to contestants winning top prize in their divisions which included John Winters, Best Ford; Roy Swanson, Best Mopar; Parker, Best GM; Arlen Long, Best Import; Wes and Marji Ghilee, Best Convertible; Long, Best Truck; Rodney Kriegel, Best Paint Job; Jeff and Patti Shaw, People's Choice and the Hulins, Mayor's Choice.

"We could not have done this event without the cooperation of area law enforcement," said T.J. Ham, car show coordinator. "Chief Tupper has helped us a great deal and you can't have a successful car show without their help. And the real highlight tonight has been Kay Beach making the Mayor's Choice award."

Assisting Ham was Oktemberfest volunteer Katie McKeever of Marshalltown, who was working her fifth and final car show.

"I'm retiring," she said, smiling. "It has been a lot of fun ... Oktemberfest is a good, family event for Marshalltown."



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