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Car shows to fill summer calendar

WORTHINGTON -- The planners of the car show during Lakefield's Summerfest celebration know that June 18 is a busy day for classic car enthusiasts. "We're the same weekend as Back to the 50s in the Twin Cities," said Classics in the Park President...

WORTHINGTON -- The planners of the car show during Lakefield's Summerfest celebration know that June 18 is a busy day for classic car enthusiasts.

"We're the same weekend as Back to the 50s in the Twin Cities," said Classics in the Park President Warren Engler. "A lot of the older car owners go to the Cities for that."

Engler and Troy Hatfield, who is vice president of Classics in the Park and the head judge for the event, try to come up with new additions to the show each year to entice participants.

This year, there will be a Fast and Furious class for the first time. Cars such as newer Pontiac Grand Prixs, Ford Mustangs and Hondas will be part of this class.

"We want the younger generation to realize the cars they are driving now will be the classic cars when they are our age," Engler said. "They can bring any car that they consider their hot rod to the show."

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The Lakefield car show is a judged event. Three judges score all cars who participate in the show. One of the most popular awards at the show has become the Battle of the Iron trophy. When judging the cars for the award, a stricter judging criteria is used. The vehicle judged best of all makes takes home the prestigious trophy.

Engler has headed the Lakefield show for the 11 years it has been in existence. He owns a 1956 Ford Victoria and takes his car to shows in Jackson, Pipestone and as far away as Shakopee.

"It's a thrill to see all of the old cars," Engler said. "Back when we were kids, we didn't think much of them. It is fun to see them all completely restored.

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Last year's Classics in the Park attracted 52 participants, a number that Engler is pleased with. However, each year enthusiasts invite new people to take part. Anyone is welcome to participate.

Summer car events:

June 3: Friday night cruise-in during Buffalo Days, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Magnolia Steakhouse, Luverne.

June 4: Buffalo Days Car Show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., city park, Luverne.

June 11: Flag Fest Cruise Night, 6 to 11 p.m., Grand Avenue, Spencer, Iowa.

June 12: Karz-N-Trux Show-n-Shine 2005, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Island Park, Windom.

June 18: Classics in the Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., North City Park, Lakefield.

June 18: Heritage Days Car Show, 12 to 4 p.m., Community Center parking lot, Rock Rapids, Iowa.

June 19: Iron Horse Motorcycle Club cycle and car show, 1 to 5 p.m. near city park in Fulda.

June 25: Pipestone Watertower Festival Shown-n-Shine, registration 8 a.m. to noon, show until 3:30 p.m., Moore Park, Pipestone. To pre-register call Pipestone Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-336-6125 or Larry Otter at 507-825-5468.

July 16: Race Days Car and Cycle Show, noon to 3 p.m., Ashley Park, Jackson.

Aug. 12-14: Old Iron Company 27 th annual Rod Run, Clay County Fairgrounds, Spencer, Iowa, and Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Arnolds Park, Iowa. For more information or to register, call 1-(712) 262-2894.

Sept. 5: Celebration Days Car Show, Sheldon High School.

Sept. 11: Southwest Minnesota Street Rodders car show, registration 10 to noon, show goes until about 3 p.m., Centennial Park, Worthington.

For more car shows in Minnesota check out: www.rocknrod.-com/states/minnesota.htm and www.noneckschevelle.com/showsmn.htm .

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