Cruiser Car Show showcases an estimated 600 vehicles

Monday, July 14, 2014

RAPID CITY, SD – Destination Rapid City, Main Street Square and the Rapid City Police Department showcased an estimated 600 vehicles at the 2014 Cruiser Car Show & Street Fair on Sunday, July 13. The fourth annual event was sponsored by Pioneer Bank & Trust, Schmid Insurance and Northwestern Engineering Company.

The top coveted award was presented by Rapid City Police Department Chief Karl Jegeris. Each year, the police chief chooses the vehicle that catches his eye for the Golden Doughnut Award. This year, Jegeris chose a 2000 Plymouth Neon owned by Mari Harens, of Rapid City, noting her dedication and hard work to the car and the community. The bright orange car reflects her outgoing personality, he said. 

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 1957 Chevy Belair Hardtop owned by Bob and Patty Spinelli, of California.

Judges’ top picks include:
1900-49: 1932 Ford 3-window Coup owned by Dennis and Darcy Torres
1950-59: 1959 Chevy Impala owned by Lonny and Barb Koster
1960-69: 1969 Plymouth GTX 440 owned by Rich and Betty Kauk
1970-79: 1972 Chevy Chevelle owned by Dave Jackson
1980-present: 2006 BMW M3 owned by Joe Rutkowski
Truck 1900-59: 1940 Ford Pickup owned by Martin Pena
Truck 1960-present: 1971 Chevy SEMA owned by Low Life Motors
Orphans: 1958 Packard Sports Coupe owned by Marv Forkner
Rat Rods: 1971 Ford owned by Eric Edwards

Hot Rod-Chevy Kevy, Elvis, a police K9 demonstration, Black Hills Bettys, Shrine of Democracy Choir, JDProductions, Rapid City Rush Foundation Kidz Zone, food vendors, and Bud Light Beverage Garden rounded out the event. Mike Modrick of KOTA emceed the awards. A featured display included Great Clips Racing cars: NASCAR Kasey Kahne’s #5 and Sprint Car Daryn Pittman’s #9.

For more information, contact the Rapid City Police Department at 605-394-4133, Destination Rapid City and Main Street Square at 605-716-7979 or visit

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