Our 35th almost annual car show was held on August 7th at J.S. MacDonnell park in St. Louis County. This year it appears that we had two choices on weather, either rain or high heat and humidity. This year we had the later which affected our show. The 105 heat index made things uncomfortable. Never-the-less, even though the turnout was disappointing, we had great participation of our club members who worked the show. Following our “check off” meeting on the previous Wednesday, we had our annual pre-show BBQ on Saturday with a great turnout and great food. We had our “guess the attendance” pool that was won by Ted Peterson. On early Sunday morning, our members scurried to put up all of the tents needed for classification, registration, and concessions. Class signs had to be placed, the BBQ pits fired up, the main booth had to be set up, and our car parkers were given their assignments. All this before the opening of registration at 8:30am. It was a busy morning.
Again this year, we had displays and special guests. We had John Butte with his Darlene’s Silver Streak, a Model T with lots of history. We had Miss Missouri, Mikala McGhee to pick out her choice, we had military displays, the Fin Man, sponsor’s trucks, a Hagerty display and Sarah Boothby with the St. Louis Car Museum and Sales who also supplied many of the photos shown here. Last year , we changed the way we pick the Best of Show winners. Although we are a participant judged show, it hasn’t worked well on the Best of’s. We now have judges for that part of the show. Special thanks go out to Danny Krumn, Bruce Kunz, and John Butte for taking on that difficult task. Nancy Grimmer and Judy Kelly sold our car show shirts and club apparel and the sales were brisk. Members Paula Goodrich and Dennis McBee handled the ballot counting for the first time and did a yeoman’s job. New concession chair, Jaclyn Kreder and her crew kept the lines moving. Thanks to Syl Biermann and Dennis McBee for the food shopping, to the Giese’s and Jerry Grimmer for the soda shopping and to Ken Farrar for the ice trailer. Like the rest of our show, the Fairlane Mini- Meet had less cars but not less quality. Our own John Walling won the Best of Show in the mini-meet. Well deserved.
Kevin Hall with Bommarito Ford donated a $500 big screen for a free raffle. Northern Tool supplied most of the silent auction items to benefit The BackStoppers. We also had a special guest, Cyndi Summers of the Central Missouri Mustang Club who has now joined our club. Our Best of Show winners were George Nelung- Ford Show, John Walling- FCA mini-meet, and Caleb Weber & Ken Holdhaus- Muscle Mustangs. Our Miss Missouri choice was Jeff Johnson with his Model A sedan. We had generous people. The Fusion Club won the club participation and donated it back and the winner of the 50-50 donated $180 back for The Back- Stoppers. Thank you. Special thanks to our show committee and to Ron Schodroski and Dan Kelly for attaining the major sponsorships and to all those who sold show classes. Also thanks to all those who braved the heat all day and stayed to the end to help clean up. We have already scheduled our 2023 car show. It will be held on Sunday, July 30th. Let’s hope for nicer weather. On a personal note, I wanted to thank Justin and Linda Jost, new members who worked all day but especially for changing the tire on Donna’s Mustang which went flat as she entered the show area.