- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—OSKALOOSA — The Rollin’ Oldies Car Show once again geared up this weekend for a spectacular showing of classic muscle cars, trucks, and hot rods, from past to present.

They had a Graffiti Night showing in front of Community 1st Credit Union and Bank Friday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to highlight some of the vehicles that would be a part of the main show, which was the following day.

Randy Plate, who is president of the Rollin’ Oldies Car Club, said that the purpose of the event is to get car enthusiasts to come show their cars and for the general public to come and see them.

“They come and sit around and they enjoy other car peoples’ company and they talk cars and anything else from A to Z,” Plate said regarding the type of engagement involved.

In terms of the amount of people speculated to come, he said it varies from year-to-year.

“The last one we had there were 62 cars at the mini-showing,” he said.

He also elaborated on the Saturday showing, which is typically held on the city square.

“Uptown on the car show, last year, we had 175 cars,” Plate said

The Saturday show was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there were a series of classes that were part of the demonstration for each of the different cars. Plate said that participants would receive a ballot when they registered their vehicles. There would be a vote to determine the cars that win. In addition, winners at the Saturday event had the chance to showcase their cars to win trophies.

“There will be a first place trophy and then there is two class award trophies for each class,” he said.

He stated there were 26 different classes.

At the mini-showing, there was an impressive crowd that came to participate with a vast array of vehicles. The Herald had the opportunity to speak with some of the owners at the mini-showing.

Steve Job, of Oskaloosa, said he has been a fixture of this event for 22 years. He also said he has been dealing with cars since he was 14 years old.

“I have had several cars and I have two cars right now. The car that I have now was totally taken apart, completely repainted, and rebuilt from the ground up,” he said about the rebuilding process for his vehicle.

“I never keep them really long, but I do trade them off,” he added.

Glen Lesher, of Oskaloosa, was there showing off his Lincoln Cosmopolitan.

“I put a motor and transmission in it. (But), it was in pretty good shape when I got it. There were probably three other people that had it before me,” he said.

Lesher said he has owned his beloved Lincoln for 33 years. He indicated his vehicle is primarily garaged kept. The fist time he said that it ever sat out was at an overnight show in Pella.

Another car on display was Dennis Ireland’s classic Pontiac Le Mans. He said his vehicle is mostly original, but has had some minor work.

“It has been repainted and it is pretty stock. I have had the car for about six or seven years,” he said.

The vehicle itself looked like a Pontiac GTO from the front, but Ireland stressed that is a common misconception.

City Editor Jonathan R. Pitman can be reached by email at [email protected]


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