Weekend car show draws larger crowd

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Route56CarShow003 Hillsboro?s Memorial Park was lined with 56 cars, pickups and motorcycles Saturday, making the 14th annual Route 56 Classic Cruisers Show one of the bigger events in recent years.

Dan Kinning, the club?s media relations officer, said the event was not only larger in terms of cars entered, but also in the number of spectators.

?We ran out of food and had to restock before the day was done,? he said, adding that the turnout was better, partially due to the good weather.

?We were up (in registrations),? he said, ?but we have been rained out so many times, before.?

When the event reached its 56th entry, the owners of the car received two free meals, he added.

Participants, Kinning said, came from Marion County, Newton, Hesston, Moundridge, Salina, McPherson and other nearby Kansas towns.

Jim Martin of Hutchinson, who received the ?Club?s Choice? award for his 1956 Chevy, he said there?s no point in having a car if he couldn?t experience the freedom of driving on the open road.

?It (?56 Chevy) was a bare shell when I got it and started restoring it last Thanksgiving,? Martin said.

While some car enthusiasts enjoy attending shows, others like to walk around and get ideas.

One example is Bill Hein of Hillsboro, who owns a 1950 Chevy pickup he said he would like to restore some day.

?It?s one of my dreams,? he said.

In addition to showing cars, the participants were treated to games, activities and prizes.

Tire bowling and horseshoes using car belts were some of the games with winners receiving gifts.

Others recognized and awards received included:

? Best of Show Motorcycle to Jim Hefley of Hillsboro;

? Best Motorcycle to Lynn Auernheimer of Canton;

? Best Ratrod to Harold Falk of Herington;

? Under 21 to Eric Larson of Canton;

? Savanah?s Choice and Ladies Choice, both to Gary Nooney of Wichita;

? Best GM Truck to Larry Jackson of Wichita;

? Best Ford Truck to Jerry Alcorn of Herington;

? Club Choice to Jim Martin of Hutchinson;

? Top 10 to Bud Lambert of Salina; Mick and Dody Franklin of Salina; Gene and Nancy Shockley of Wichita; Doug Reinecker of McPherson; Bob and Kevin Jantz of Hillsboro; Steven Clore of Herington; Joe Smiley of Newton; Marvin Surface of Hutchinson; Jim and Bobbie Wilson of Wichita and Jim and Leanna Hefley of Hillsboro;

? Best Ford to Lowell Unruh of Hesston;

? Best Other to Todd White of Hutchinson;

? Best Mopar to Calvin Dirksen of Moundridge;

? Best GM to Jim Hardy of Salina;

? Best of Show to Bub Lovelady of Marion.

In addition to the 56 cars entered, Kinning said 18 additional cars were available for viewing.

?We had an excellent turnout,? he said, ?and all the money raised will go to charities involving the children of Marion County.?

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