Archive for Thursday, June 16, 2005

Car show participants withstand rain, heat

June 16, 2005

Classic cars, motorcycles and street rods all shared a wet parking lot Saturday at the Mike Neve Memorial Car and Cycle show.

The Lansing DAZE festival event drew 31 participants who braved the morning weather before standing under a hot sun for the early afternoon presentation of awards.

The show was at Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative, 730 First Terrace, and featured 11 categories of cars, from antiques to 4x4s, and six classes of motorcycles.

Joe Davis, Leavenworth, entered his souped-up, tricked-out 1935 Pontiac in the Street Rod category. The coupe was painted tangerine orange, fitted with a 350-cubic-inch Chevy V8, and boasts the conveniences of a new car: remote door locks, electric windows and brakes. Davis said the car "wins a lot of shows."

While Davis, a correctional officer, enjoys working on and exhibiting the car - he also drives it to each show - he said he wouldn't have come Saturday if not for the memorial aspect of the show. The event was named for the longtime Lansing Lions Club member who was largely responsible for the club's previous car shows. Neve died last November.

"Mike Neve was a great man," Davis said.

Jim Cain, Leavenworth, had the engine rebuilt, the body painted, and the interior restored on his 1970 Pontiac GTO "The Judge." Cain said he had "put a lot sweat" into the classic and rare muscle car, which featured an immaculate 455-cubic-inch V8 and a custom, double-barreled carburetor.

David Chartier, Lansing, served as a judge in the show and said that more cars might have been entered in the show had it not been for the car show at Tonganoxie Days, which was held the same day.

Chartier said that the most important part of judging a car was being consistent in the judging the vehicles. The categories cars were judged by were inside, exterior, engine and trunk. The motorcycles had their own categories: presentation (which included placement of helmets), chrome, paint, continuity and cleanliness.

The Mayor's Award for cars went to Matt DeMaria, Lansing, for his 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible, which had 58,000 original miles. The Mayor's Award for the motorcycles went to Ed Jorgensen, Lansing, for his 1989 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide.

Here are the Mike Neve Memorial Car and Cycle Show award winners, listed by class, place, model and owner.

Cars and Trucks

Antique 1941-70

First: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette, Matt DeMaria

Second: 1970 Pontiac GTO, Jim Cain

Classic 1955-57

First: 1956 Chevy Bel Air, Bill Driscoll Sr.

Second: 1956 Chrysler Windsor, Jason Gibson

Stock 1958-78

First: 1969 Dodge Dart, Trenton Dorf

Second: 1967 Ford Mustang, Doc and Mary Johnson

Stock 1979-2005

First: 2004 Chevy Pick Up, Donnie Runnebaum

Second: 1995 Ford Taurus, Lee Webb

Daily Drivers

First: 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Sandy Gast

Low Riders

First: 2001 Dodge Neon, Nick Earls

Second: 1998 Nissan 2000SX, Garry Olson

Street Rod Coupe

First: 1935 Pontiac Coupe, Joe Davis

Second: 1941 Chevrolet Tudor, Chris Lutz

Street Rod Truck

First: 1953 Ford F100, Tom Sanborn

2-Wheel Pickup 1971-2005

First: 1972 Chevy 1/2-ton Pick Up, John Bordan/ Tom Clark

4X4

First: 1981 Jeep CJ7, Dylan Passinesse

Second: 1998 Jeep Wrangler, Ken Foley

Best Interior

First: 2004 Chevy Pick Up, Donnie Runnebaum

Best Exterior

First: 1970 Chevy Corvette, Matt DeMaria

Best Engine

First: 2004 Chevy Pick Up, Donnie Runnebaum

Mayor's Best of Show

First: 1970 Chevy Corvette, Matt DeMaria

Motorcycles

Touring

First: 1989 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Ed Jorgensen

Street Bike

First: 2003 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide, Paul Bodde

Best Paint-Custom

First: 2003 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide, Paul Bodde

Best Chrome

First: 2005 Harley-Davidson Soft Tail, John Kozer

Mayor's Best of Show

1989 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Ed Jorgensen

All Vehicles

Club Participation

Night Illusions

Farthest driven

2001 Dodge Neon, Nick Earls

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