Patty Decker photoThis year’s car show drew 105 cars and three motorcycles to Memorial Park’s circle drive in Hillsboro.The 20th annual Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show on Saturday in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park was considered by organizers as one of the best yet.

Kim Abrahams of Hillsboro, who’s been organizing the show since the beginning, said 105 cars and three motorcycles lined the park with hundreds of visitors braving the near 100-degree temperatures.

“I was a bit worried when it started to sprinkle a little in the morning,” Abrahams said, “and some people from Salina said they drove here in the rain, but everything worked out.”

Dan and Pat Kinning, also club members, said 88 cars and two motorcycles registered for the show, and 17 cars and one motorcycle, owned by Route 56 members displayed their vehicles, too.

John Budke, a 1971 Hills­boro High School graduate, now living in rural Lindsborg, said it was fun being back in town with his son-in-law, Heath Carlson, of Salina.

Carlson’s car, a 1968 Oldsmobile 442, received one of the Top 10 Awards presented.

“It’s been quite a few years since I’ve brought a car (to the show),” Carlson said.

Proud of his classic car, Carlson said he bought the “442” sight unseen in Connecticut in 2004, and it never left a 60-mile radius until he purchased it and moved it to Salina.

In 2010, Carlson said he switched the color of the car from a “not-so-pretty green,” to blue.

“I had the car painted in Sterling,” he said. “It is a galaxy metallic blue, which was specifically for Peterbilt semi-trucks. The car had very little rust, factory air-conditioning and was ordered with headrests.”

Carlson said only 2 percent of cars had headrests in 1968 and the car is under 100,000 original miles.

Two other participants, Randy Clark and Mark McVicker of McPherson, said they were also impressed with the number of cars at the show.

This 1968 Chevelle SS, owned by Mike and Karen Reynolds of Augusta, received the “Club Choice Award” at this year’s show. Patty Decker photoClark said he brought is 2015 Roadrunner.

“It’s a lot of fun to drive and we enjoy taking trips in it,” he said.

McVicker said he was displaying a red Impala, which hasn’t been restored, but looks as good as some that have been.

“I’ve owned it about a year, and found it in North Dakota,” he said. “It was in this guy’s garage, and a friend of mine knew the car, but the owner wouldn’t sell.”

Maybe the timing was right, but McVicker said he was able to get it and is enjoying it a lot.

Pat Kinning said most years the June event brings an average of between 70 to 80 cars, but when heavy rain or storms are predicted the number of cars does drops.

Some years, she said, it’s been in the 40s.

Dan Kinning said he was glad to see so many people and cars.

“We had a lot of people register who haven’t ever been here before, and we have a huge variety of vehicles,” he said.

Winners are decided by the participants at the event, Pat Kinning said. The club does vote on its choice, though, which this year was the 1968 Chevy Chevelle SS, owned by Mike and Karen Reynolds of Augusta.

The cost to register cars is $20 and a can of food for the Marion County Food Bank.

ohn Budke, a 1971 Hillsboro High grad, and his son-in-law, Heath Carlson, peer under the hood of Carlson’s 1968 Oldsmobile 442, which received one of the Top 10 awards at the car show in Hillsboro on Saturday,“It was a very good year,” Abrahams said year.

Top 10 Awards

Jim Hardy, Salina, 1955 Chevy Nomad.

Fred Gilmore, Sterling, 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T.

JD Harty, McPherson, 1983 Chevy El Comino.

Richard Herbel, Solomon,1958 Chevy Belair 2-door HT.

Heath Carlson, Salina, 1968 Oldmobile 442.

Gery Lock, Hesston, 1967 Chevy Corvette.

John Thiessen, Inman, 1934 Ford Coupe.

Mick & Dody Franklin, Salina, 1935 Terra Plane Sedan

Swede Swenson, Chapman, 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T.

Jim Rogers, Moundridge, 1957 Chevy Belair.


Antique: Merlin Dorrell, El Dorado, 1931 Chevy 2-door Coach.

Go Fast: Roger Copple, Minne­apolis, 1954 Chevy Pro/ST.

Betty Lou: Art Hughes, Wichita, 1940 Ford.

Hard Luck: William Bossa, Marion, 1930 Ford Model A.

Heavy Hauler: Jeff Carroll, Augusta, 1949 Ford F-1.

No Class: Pike, Herington, 1940 Ford

Hard to Catch: James and Pam Meeks, Abilene, 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Cool Ride: Duff Dolton, Chap­man, 1961 Chevy Impala.

Hot Rod: Bob Dome, Cheney, 1934 Ford 5-window Coupe.

Ladies Choice: Linda Egnor, Wichita, 1932 Ford Hi Boy.

Club Choice: Mike & Karen Reynolds. Augusta. 1968 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Best Mopar: Leon Guhr, Mound­ridge, 1968 Plymouth Road Runner.

Best Ford per Hillsboro Ford: Randy Young, Newton, 1932 Ford Roadster.

Best GM per Midway Motors: Doug & Beth Rienecker, McPher­son, 1972 Chevy Nova

Best Ford Truck: Bob Carter, El Dorado, 1956 Ford F-100.

Best GM Truck: Vicki & Jim Talley, Solomon, 1955 Chevy Pick-up.

Best Other: Norm Hacker, Andover, 1967 Amphibious Car.

Best Import: Tyler Ewert, Wichita, 1985 Mercedes 380 SL.

Best Classic: Pam Wingo, Salina, 1958 Ford Pacer-Edsel.

Best Antique: Ron Matz, Hillsboro, 1930 Ford Model A.

Ray Abrahams, Memorial per Abrahams Family: Ed Garman, El Dorado, 1940 Ford Coupe.

Dave Unruh Memorial per daughter Savannah: Lowell Unruh Hesston, 1928 Ford Roadster.

Best of Show Motorcycle: Lynn Auerheimer, Canton, 1978 Harly Davidsone Sportster.

Best of Show: Max & Wendy Jantzen, Ringwood, Okla., 1959 Chevy Corvette.

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