Major Avenue shifts into auto lovers’ paradise

The Northern Knights Vehicle Club held its 37th yearly Run to the Rapids motor vehicle

The Northern Knights Vehicle Club held its 37th yearly Run to the Rapids motor vehicle show Friday and Saturday at the C’mon Inn and on the initially three blocks of Most important Avenue in downtown Park Rapids.

Gary Mills reported the celebration started Friday night with a very hot pet dog, brat, corn and chips feed for registered members at the motel. “That’s 1 of the favourite parts of the show,” he mentioned, “where they can hear to aged-time rock ‘n roll audio and chat about their autos, and all people from several years earlier is aware of each individual other. It is variety of a session in which they just sit and communicate and demonstrate their cars and trucks to the general public.”

Russ Carmichael describes the notion of a rumble seat to Cole Carmichael, 9, while hunting at a classic Ford in the course of Saturday’s Run to the Rapids automobile show in downtown Park Rapids.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Business, Aug. 14, 2021

Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m the vehicle exhibit moved downtown. Although the public loaded Key Avenue to look at out the huge wide range of antique automobiles, registered contributors voted for their favorites all through the morning.

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“This 12 months,” explained Mills, “our Operate to the Rapids was also a Street Rod Association voting function.”

That indicates users of the Minnesota Avenue Rod Affiliation whose vehicles have been inspected can vote for customized of the 12 months and road rod of the calendar year. Just after various voting events, people awards are introduced at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the Northern Knights experienced 20 trophies of their own to give away. The major 10 winners, dependent on the number of votes they obtained were:

  • Dave and Donna Vogt of Chilly Spring, Minn., 1936 Chevy pickup

  • Dan and Deb Ament of Perham, 1953 Buick Skylark convertible

  • Brian and Dee Sjokin of Grand Rapids, 1950 Pontiac Chieftain

  • Kirk Christofferson of Becker, 1948 Ford F-1 pickup

  • Syl and Shirley Szucsko of Lake Havasu, Ariz., 1950 Cadillac convertible

  • Dan and Paulette Burchalter of Hugo, Minn., 1954 Chevy Delray

  • Kent Brothen of Pequot Lakes, 1955 Mercury Montclair

  • Arvid and Marlous Prickett of Cochran, Minn., 1962 Ford Galaxy 500

  • Claude Sampson of Carlisle, Iowa, 1950 two-doorway Ford

  • Scott Hennesy of Wadena, 1936 four-doorway Ford

Other trophies awarded integrated:

  • Finest convertible: Gerald Merkel, 1957 Ford retractable

  • Most effective muscle car: Verlyn Sandhburst, Detroit Lakes, 1969 Plymouth GTX

  • Very best Ford: Christofferson’s Ford F-1

  • Finest GM: Jim Zeller, Sebeka, 1956 Chevy 311 shorter box

  • Greatest orphan: Bob Rutledge, Bemidji, 1949 Willys Jeepster

  • Greatest unrestored: Bob Kuhn, Nevis, 1941 Ford Coupe

  • Ideal Mopar: Alan Solberg, New Ulm, Minn., 1933 Dodge 5 window coupe

  • Greatest paint: John Hockett Jr., Menahga, 1968 Chevy Nova

Ultimately, Mills explained, the winner of the lengthy-length trophy traveled about 2,400 miles from Tucson, Ariz. in his 2004 Ford Mustang Cobra GT, halting at auto exhibits along the way but building Park Rapids his location.

The Lions Club also gave absent a trophy at the motor vehicle display, Mills claimed. Their club decide on went to Dan Opsal’s 1959 Edsel.

“Just a pretty, incredibly productive display,” mentioned Mills. “We didn’t know, after COVID, how it was gonna be attended. We usually normal about 125 to 130 registered cars and trucks, and we experienced 96. It’s down a little bit, but we were satisfied with that.”

Lining both sides of Key Avenue and down the middle had been, other than the registered autos, approximately 20 supplemental autos owned by users of the club and 10 or 12 unregistered cars, displayed at the south close of the corridor.

A roller skating carhop mannequin waits on a classic Mercury convertible in a replica drive-in restaurant during Saturday's Run to the Rapids car show in downtown Park Rapids.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise, Aug. 14, 2021

A roller skating carhop model waits on a typical Mercury convertible in a replica travel-in restaurant during Saturday’s Run to the Rapids motor vehicle demonstrate in downtown Park Rapids.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Organization, Aug. 14, 2021

“Some quite, really nice cars and trucks,” explained Mills. “Just had a great time, and received to give absent some extremely great trophies, cash prizes and item prizes.”

Later, the club went on a 66-mile cruise. They still left the C’mon Inn, drove to Nevis, then circled again on County 40 to U.S. Hwy. 71, went through Two Inlets on County 41 just before circling back again via Osage to Park Rapids.

“About an hour-and-20-minute cruise,” stated Mills. “They genuinely appreciated the cruise. The contributors really like to get out in Park Rapids and see our countryside.”

Club members’ working day finished with root beer floats at the previous-fashioned gas station on the West 40 Antique Tractor Grounds.

Mills named it “just a tremendous working day to have a motor vehicle present.”