October 20, 2014

Early-century vehicles to be on display at depot

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Classic cars line the parking lot of Richardson Ford during last year's show.
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STANDISH — Model A’s, Model T’s and any vehicle manufactured in 1931 or earlier will pack the Standish Historical Depot parking lot July 12.

Curt Hillman of the Arenac Heritage Route Authority, which is sponsoring the show, said he expects 50 to 60 cars to be on display during the show. Hillman said the show was held at Richardson Ford in Standish last year, but is moving back to the depot in its third year now that more space is available near the depot grounds.

“This year, because of the Trading Post opening its new store and having its new parking lot, we can actually use Beaver Street for overflow,” he said.

Beaver Street will be closed between US-23 and the railroad tracks, according to Hillman. He said the show will feature a variety of automobiles from the early 1900s. Besides Ford Model A’s and Model T’s, Hillman said rare classics like a fire truck from early in the century, a 1918 Chevrolet, a 1929 Oakland and a 1928 Star have all been part of the show in the past.

Car show entries enjoy the Standish show, Hillman said.

“The feedback’s been very good,” he said. “The biggest thing I’ve got is people have said, ‘We’ve finally got a car show that fits our cars.’

“They’ve been very happy to have a car show just dedicated to the old vehicles,” he added.

Six best-of-show trophies will be awarded at the car show, Hillman said. Categories include Model A cars and trucks, Model T cars and trucks, best speedster and best non-Ford in the show.

The top 50 entries will all receive a plaque as well, Hillman said.

Awards will be announced and distributed at 3 p.m. the day of the car show, he said. Those interested in entering the show can register at standishdepot.org, or pick up a registration flyer at the Standish Historical Depot or City Hall, according to Hillman.

“The people that register for the show will get a free lunch for two provided by the depot, and that will be around noon,” he said. “And then around 2 p.m., there will be an ice cream social for all the people who registered for the show.”

Car show patrons will be available to buy lunch or ice cream, and vendors will also be set up on the depot lawn during the show, Hillman said.

The car show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact the Standish Historical Depot at 989-718-3021.

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