Run XIII Car Show
enjoys restoring old vehicles
show, Old Court Days
highlight Memorial weekend
Eugene Caswell is finally keeping a car for himself.
(May 2008) Ive 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.
Were going to ride in this one, he said.
by Amy Casebier
enthusiast Eugene Caswell
of Hanover poses in his home-built
1934 Ford Camberley.
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
We dont 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.
Caswells Camberley took about two years to put together and still
lacks some of the finishing touches, such as the interior. Caswells
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.
Caswells friends and family are supportive of his hobby.
I think theyre 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
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 Peoples
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
gasolines going, its 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. Its
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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