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Antique cars gather in Memorial ParkTell North Platte what you think
Photo by Darla Golden
1934 Ford Model A Sedan
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1940 Ford Convertible
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1955 Chevy Belair
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1930 Chevy Roadster
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1955 Mercury Montclair
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1948 Ford Anglia, a British car.
Photo by George Lauby
Enjoying the parade on 2nd St. From left, Eve McCarter, Peyton Negley, Seth Negley and Max Negley.

The 2013 Car Show sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Kiwanis Club of North Platte was held Thursday at Memorial park on a warm wonderful day.

The show, which at first was limited to antique cars, has evolved into an all-around cars lovers show.

One of the oldest cars this year was a 1922 Ford Model T owned by Lou Boritz, a ‘Doctor’s coupe,’ complete with a medical bag on the side board.

Bob Maline is the proud owner of a ’57 Chevy Nomad station wagon completely decked out. When asked when he had completed the work on the beauty, Maline and so many others said “It’s a work in progress.”

Maline has owned the car for six years and likes to drive to other shows. He his heading next to shows in Chicago and Tennessee.

A few cars were in the early stages of refinishing. Doug Fisher said he started on his ’57 Chevy Belair nearly a decade ago, but got sidetracked and the car sat 10 years in his sister’s barn.

He has painted the car its original color -- Dust Pearl.

Not all cars are restored as classics. Some use a favorite sports teams, such as the Huskers, to illustrate their car, and others pick something from the movies, like Gary Herbst’s 1948 Anglia, painted with the Joker from Batman.

Carol Wilson showed her 1955 Mercury Montclair for the first time. It was the first car she owned in high school. Years later, it was parked in a tree strip on her dad’s farm. Her husband Jerry started the restoration by pulling it out of the trees. Her youngest son Justin said, “That gave a whole new meaning to Lemon.” For three years, Jerry worked on it at the North Platte Community College, then due to serious a health issues, had to pass it on to the Car Doctor, Rob Evans.

This car, like so many others at the show, is back to its original color and gorgeous shine.

Roy Pressler, the chairman for the first car parade, talked about how the show got started.

It was held in the old Safeway parking lot where Eakes Office Supplies is located today. It consisted of about 20 cars.

At first, the Kiwanis hired professional judges, but it proved to be a long-drawn out process. Then they tried to judge it using members, which proved too hard to do in an unbiased way and took the fun out of the event. So now, winners are picked by People’s Choice votes.

At 2 p.m. after the show, the cars went on a leisurely two-mile parade through downtown.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/15/2013
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