American spirit, smell of chili, in the air at car show

This WWII military kubelwagen, used by the Germans, is owned by Steve Roersma of Ada. A history buff, Roersma plays a German SS infantryman in historic reenactments.

The thunder heard in Rockford Saturday morning was the sound of over 190 classic cars assembling for the American Legion’s second annual Classic Car Show. More than $5000 was raised and will be divided between The Wounded Warrior Program, Pets For Vets and local Legion programs.

Visitors taking a break from looking at cars climbed a 30 foot rock wall provided by the U.S. Army, played games, enjoyed the smell of chili being prepared for the cook-off contest, ate a delicious meal in the Post lounge or just relaxed while listening to great music.

Excitement ran high as the results of the Chili Cook-off and Car Show were announced. After tasting and sometimes re-tasting all the chili entries, the judges awarded first prize to Marty Crane of Belmont, with her “Make a Man Outa You” chili. Brothers Rick and Jeremy Siegel, otherwise known as “Fat Kid Chili,” received the People’s Choice Award.

With so many fine cars assembled, judging was a most difficult task. In the end, car show participants judged the 1933 Ford, three window coupe “Hi Boy” owned by Jim Grzeszak as Best in Show. People’s Choice Award went to Buck Jones of Rockford for his 1955 Chevy Bel Air, restored to factory specs by Buck himself. The Commander’s Trophy was awarded to Jim Bienick of Grand Rapids, for his 1932 Ford Three Window Coupe.

Pay $260 and it’s yours—in 1926. There is a story behind every car in any car show and this Model T owned by Lon Holton is no exception. Holton is pictured with his wife Cathy and young car buff Samuel Andree. Among the Model T memorabilia Holton has collected is a framed photo of the grandson of Ford Motor Company’s founder, signed to Holton, a 1933 newspaper and the sales specs from when the car was sold new. The price: just $260.

“It was a perfect day and a perfect show” said Clyde Sinclair, Commander of the Post. “We owe so much to the participants who made this event such a stunning success. The car owners, Chili Cook-off participants, the Courtland and Sparta Fire Departments, the U.S. Army, our sponsors and the volunteers. Thanks to everyone who participated, it is possible for us to provide much needed funds for our disabled veterans.”

Commander Sinclair went on to say, “I need to give a special thank you to Dr. Lori Vorpi of Vorpi Chiropractic and her staff. We couldn’t have done it without them, they are fantastic.”

 

 

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