Sunday, July 14, 2013
Destination Rapid City and the Rapid City Police Department showcased an estimated 375 vehicles at the 2013 Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair on Sunday, July 14. Formerly known as Cruiser Night, the third annual event took place Downtown.
The top coveted award was presented by Rapid City Police Department Assistant Chief Karl Jegeris. Each year Chief Steve Allender chooses the vehicle that catches his eye for the Golden Doughnut Award. This year, Allender chose a 1955 Ford Thunderbird owned by Al and Lois Vogele. The Rapid City Convention and Visitor's Bureau presented the Bald Tire Award, an award to the participant who traveled the furthest. The award went to a 2002 Chevy Corvette owned by Joel Gardberg of Boynton Beach, FL.
Car awards included:
1900-49: first place, 1927 Ford Sedan owned by John Iverson, award sponsored by Super-Lube; second place, 1940 Ford Sedan Coupe owned by Clint Hall, award sponsored by Olson Towing.
1950-59: first place, 1955 Ford Crown Victoria owned by Stan Edwards, award sponsored by First National Bank; second place, 1956 Ford Pick-up owned by Gene Haiter, award sponsored by Shirt Shack.
1960-69: first place, 1966 Ford Fairlane owned by Dan and Gloria McGough, award sponsored by The Medicine Shoppe; second place, 1961 Chevy Impala owned by John and Carol Morris, award sponsored by Motive Parts & Supply.
1970-79: first place, 1970 Chevy Chevette owned by Fred Herr, award sponsored by Sturdevant's Refinish Supply Center; 1971 Dodge Charger owned by Jay Moses, award sponsored by Sturdevant's Refinish Supply Center.
1980-present: first place, 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 owned by Morris and Ladonne Brosnan, award sponsored by Black Hills Federal Credit Union; second place, 1984 Chevy Corvette owned by Hoot Willholte, award sponsored by CarQuest Auto Parts.
Other awards included:
Truck 1900-59: first place, 1941 GMC Pick-up owned by Steve Neumiller, award sponsored by Dakota Battery & Electric; second place, 1948 Ford Pick-up owned by Danny LaRue, award sponsored by Tow Pros.
Truck 1960-present: first place, 1983 Dodge Pick-up owned by Jeremy Hauer, award sponsored by Dakota Battery & Electric; second place, 1949 Ford F1 Pick-up owned by Bob Diekman, award sponsored by Car-Doc, Inc.
Orphans: first place, 1920 Jaguar Speedster owned by Doug Hewitt, award sponsored by Royal Wheel Alignment; second place, 1937 Bergie Rogue owned by Mike Bergstresser, award sponsored by Hills Tire & Supply.
Rat Rods: first place, 1935 International Pick-up owned by Gary Denke, award sponsored by A&A Restoration; second place, 1947 Dodge Pick-up owned by Don Cox, award sponsored by Global Market.
Three event sponsors chose their favorite vehicles: KOTA Television, 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe owned by Bob and Arley Maynard; McKie Ford Lincoln, 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe owned by Jerry Herst; Common Cents Stores, 1940 Ford Pick-up owned by Martin Pona.
Elvis, The Potter Family, a police canine demonstration, kids' activities, food vendors, and a Bud Light beverage garden rounded out the event. The Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair was held in conjunction with the 45th Annual Rod Run, a Counts Car Club weekend event.
Next year's event date will be announced soon. For more information, contact the Rapid City Police Department at 605-394-4133, Destination Rapid City at 605-716-7979 or visit www.downtownrapidcity.com.