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River Run XIII Car Show

Car collector Caswell
enjoys restoring old vehicles

Car show, Old Court Days
highlight Memorial weekend

By Amy Casebier
Contributing Writer

Eugene Caswell is finally keeping a car for himself.
(May 2008) – “I’ve fooled with cars ever since I was a kid,” Caswell said. “I like to work on them, especially the old ones.”
Whenever Caswell would finish working on a car, someone would show interest in it and he would end up selling it. However, his home built 1934 Ford Camberley is not going anywhere with anyone except for Caswell.
“We’re going to ride in this one,” he said.

Eugene Caswell

Photso by Amy Casebier

Car enthusiast Eugene Caswell
of Hanover poses in his home-built
1934 Ford Camberley.

Eugene Caswell 1934 Ford

A member of the Choice Automobiles of Madison, or CAM, Car Club, Caswell will have his Camberley at the River Run XIII car show, although it will not be a part of the judging and prizes.
Caswell has been participating in the show since it started nearly 15 years ago.
“We don’t judge our own cars,” he said.
Madison has many events planned for Memorial Day weekend for locals and visitors alike. The CAM Car Club is holding its River Run 13 car show on May 24, while the Pilot Club of Madison is holding its 41st Spring Old Court Days on May 23-25.
Caswell’s Camberley took about two years to put together and still lacks some of the finishing touches, such as the interior. Caswell’s son did the bright blue paint job. One of the features that receives the most comments is the tiny working clock on the stick shift.
Caswell’s friends and family are supportive of his hobby.
“I think they’re all satisfied with it,” he said. “They kind of like to ride in this one, I think.”
Caswell enjoys the River Run car show, he said.
“You get to see a lot of people and look at a lot of really nice cars,” he said. “It makes you appreciate what other people do.”
The car show will take place on the riverfront at Vaughn Drive. Prizes will be given away throughout the day at the car show, including a $250 prize with a trophy for the Open Class Top 125 Best of Show. Other prizes include best paint, graphics, engine, interior, unfinished and People’s Choice, among others. Hundreds of different prizes will be presented throughout the show.
Car enthusiasts can register themselves and their rides by May 1 for a discounted entry fee, $15. Those who pre-register can also purchase a shirt for $10. All individuals who preregister will also be eligible for a drawing for $100. Registration on the day of the show will cost $20, with shirts available at $15. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on the day of the show and closes at noon.
More than 400 cars attended River Run 12 last year, according to the CAM Car Club website. Caswell said that he was not sure if this year would see the same numbers, particularly with out of town guests.
“I hope everybody comes to the show,” he said. “The way gasoline’s going, it’s getting expensive to do that.”
The CAM Car Club uses part of the proceeds from the show to support its charitable efforts. In addition to River Run, the club has monthly cruises around town and meetings.
The Spring Old Court Days coincides with the car show and runs all weekend. Festivities include arts and crafts booths, food booths, antiques, inflatable activities for kids on Saturday and Sunday and more.
“You name it, we have it,” said Dee Gauger, one of the organizers.
There will be 75-100 different arts and crafts booths this year, organizers say. The Spring Old Court Days is not a juried show. There are usually more vendors that participate in the fall due to the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, which occurs the same weekend.
No admission is charged for the event. It will be open each day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Vendor booths will be located around the Courthouse on Jefferson Street, Walnut Street and Second Street.
The Pilot Club, which sponsors the event, uses the profits from the Spring Old Court Days to help with its projects, several of which include the Lide White Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., the local youth shelter, the Madison State Hospital, the Salvation Army, adopt a family, senior citizen prom, the nursing home and breast cancer awareness.
The mission of the Pilot Club is “to improve the quality of life in our local community and throughout the world,” Gauger said. The organization has an international presence.
“We help people in every walk of life,” Gauger added. “It’s a great organization.”

• For more information on River Run 13, including registration information and forms, call the CAM Car Club hotline at (812) 265-3620 ext. 4004 or visit: www.camclub.itgo.com. For more information about the Pilot Club and Spring Old Court Days, call (812) 273-6226.

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