Car show was biggest and best ever
Just over 2,500 people came through the car show gates to walk through and gaze at cars and trucks parked from the Staples Elementary school fence on Fourth Street fence to the football field berm. Attendance was up about 500 from the year before.
There were 601 cars officially displayed, plus a car corral with more cars and lots of parts for sale. That total figure also did not include the 50 or more cars owned by members of the Staples car club, who are not allowed to enter the show.
Spectators could veiw everything from restored antiques and classics in one row to more recent muscle cars and motorcycles in another area.
The winner of the People' Choice trophy, a wooden replica of a Mopar hemi from the 1950s, was Mike Lucking from Pierz, who was back at the Staples show with 1948 Ford Anglia.
Car show grand prize winners included the following:
Motor from Torvinen's Machine, Menahga, Tyler Hoemberg of Staples
Motor from Staples/ Baxter NAPA, Joe Dehen, Brainerd
Transmission from Kennedy Transmission, Brainerd, Robert McMullen, Buffalo
Impact Wrench, Auto Value, Staples - Dave Denneson, Andover
A five minute shopping spree was the prize in a drawing for spectators. Winner of the shopping
spree at Ernie's was Joy Vellasco from Ramsey. The winner at Helling's was Cindy Spilman from Pillager.
The car show has been staged annually by members of the Staples area car club, with the club's approximately 80 members working all year to prepare for the one-day show. Club members were busy all day Saturday to ensure all went well..
The Still Crusin' car show presented trophies for the top three vehicles in 26 categories as follows.
C - Street Rod (1936-48): 1. Mike Lucking, Pierz, 1948 Ford Anglia; 2. Jo Christlieb, Clear Lake, 1937 Oldsmobile coupe; 3. Scott Turner, Detroit Lakes, 1947 Chevy Stylemaster.
D - Pickup (1900-53) 1. Doug Lezer, Sauk Rapids, 1951 Chevrolet; 2. Curt Norenberg, St.Cloud, 1928 Ford Model A; 3. Robert Pourrier, Erhard, 1932 Ford.
E - Pickup (1954-79): 1. Dave Carron, Mt. Iron, 1955 Chevy Cameo; 2. James 'Bud' Hayes, Merrifield, 1956 Chevrolet short box; 3. Al Berndt, St. Cloud, 1978 GMC.
F - Stock pickup (1979 & older) : 1. Mel and Ruby Jasmer, Alexandria, 1956 Ford F-100; 2. Duane Ostrowski, Browerville, 1946 Studebaker M5; 3. Jon Braton, unrestored 1929 Model A Ford.
G - Pro-Street and Drag cars: Dallas Humphrey, Brainerd 1957 Nash Metropolitan; 2. Tim and Kim Erickson, Isanti, 1966 Chevy Malibu; 3. Bill Diers, Clear Lake, 1933 Plymouth 5 window coupe.
H - Tri-Five Chevy: 1. Liz Johnson, Outing, 1955 Chevy BelAir; 2. Donnie and Sharon Kasper, Zimmerman, 1955 Chevy Bel Air; 3. Ron Des- Champs, Fort Francis, Ont. 1955 Chevy;
I - Four door and station wagon: 1. Trevor Yoho, Brainerd, 1960 Plymouth Fury; 2. Darwin and Deb Reinke, Anoka, 1957 Chevy; 3. Jerry Fuchs, Fargo, 1957 Dodge Sierra wagon.
J - Collector (1936-57): Dallas Humphrey, East Gull Lake, 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk; 2. Susie and Theo Merickel, Pine River, 1939 Packard; 3. Mike Pietrowski, Little Falls, 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air;
K - Collector (1958-65): 1. Bill Lund, Remer, 1958 Chevy Impala; 2. Mel Walz, Zimmerman, 1958 Chevy Impala; 3. Lauren Lampi, Grand Rapids, 1961 Chrysler 300G.
L - Collector (1966-72): 1. Gary Braun, Brainerd, 1967 Pontiac GTO; 2. Gary Haisley, Detroit Lakes, 1966 Ford Mustang fastback; 3. Gary Simek, Pine River, 1970 AMC Javelin.
M - Collector (1973-84): 1. Greg Gottenborg, Audubon, 1979 Pontiac Firebird; 2. Tyler Hoemberg, Staples, 1974 Plymouth Duster; 3. Bob Prudhomme, Crookston, 1976 Ford Gran Torino.
N - Pioneer (up to 1955): 1. John Latterner, Mound, 1927 Paige 645 squareback; 2. Bill Berndt, Motley, 1930 Ford Model A; 3. Clarence Schoon, Sebeka, 1926 Ford Model T.
O - Corvettes: 1. Tim Johnson, Brainerd, 1961; 2. Bill Tourand, St. Cloud, 1965; Ron Hart, Baxter, 1969.
P - Stock Appearing Muscle car (64-72): 1. Wayne Dukowitz, Anoka, 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS; 2. Charlie Ledbetter, Little Falls, 1970 Chevelle SS; 3. Dave Schoening, Becker, 1969 Pontiac GTO.
Q Custom Muscle Car (64- 72); 1. Steve Eide, Brainerd, 1964 Ford Fairlane; 2. Chuck Ahmann, St. Joseph, 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS; 3. Keith Frame, Sebeka, 1970 Dodge Challenger.
R Pony and Retro: 1. Dick Dold, Spicer, 1968 Chevy Camaro; 2. Paul Norberg, Pierz, 1969 Ford Mustang; 3. Charlie Burgham, Sartell, 1968 Ford Mustang.
S Foreign/Tuner cars: 1. Hal and Kathy Wilson, Edina, 1977 Volkswagen; 2. Rodney G. Winter, Elk River, 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena; 3. Dustin Juntunen, Brainerd, 1991 Honda CRX.
T Stock motorcycles: 1. Jeff and Dana Bartheld, Princeton, 1963 Cushman Silver Eagle; 2. Bruce Hauck, Brainerd, 1940 Harley Davidson VA; 3. Joe Niggeler, Brainerd, 2000 Indian Chief.
U - Custom Motorcycles: 1. Merle Gallant, Brainerd, 1976 Honda V-8 homebullt; 2. Joe Grenier, Brainerd, 2005 Custom; 3. Jerry Robbins, Sauk Rapids, 1998 Honda Goldwing Trike.
V - Convertible (1963 & older): 1. Duane Gilleland, Sartell, 1936 Cadillac/Chevy; 2. Paul Kyle, Brainerd, 1959 Cadillac; 3. Steve Fisher, Annandale, 1953 Buick Special.
W - Convertible (1964-68): Brenda Anderson, Brainerd, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro; 2. Marie Simek, Pine River, 1965 Ford Mustang; 3. Don Otto, Henning, 1965 Chevy Impala.
X - Convertible 1969 and newer) 1. Dan Hoemberg, Nowthen, 1970 Dodge Challenger; 2. Daniel Petersen, Bowlus, 1969 Oldsmobile 442; 3.Jim Blommer, St. Cloud, 1969 Pontiac .