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Crusing on the River

River Run XV Car Show
returns to Madison riverfront

Proceeds to help area charities
and scholarship funds

By Lela Jane Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

(May 2010) – When Madison car collector Bob Schafer goes to a car show, he isn’t just wanting to see the most pristine vehicles that boast mirror-like shines and perfect interiors. He’s also interested in checking out some of the old cars that still show signs of their history and age.

Bob Schafer

Photo provided

Car collector Bob Schafer will be
one of the enthusiasts to show off
part of his collection at the
upcoming River Run Car Show.
Typically, more than 500 cars are
displayed at the annual event.

And according to him, he isn’t alone, “A lot of people like to see the real shiny, flashy cars, too, but they also like the diamonds in rough.”
About a year ago Schafer, 64, acquired his own “diamond in the rough” in an old Model A car that has a unique hometown history. Like a time capsule, the car was parked in a garage by Louis Munier in 1958. Fifty years later, the Model A was pulled out and soon found its way to Schafer who would breath life back into forgotten vehicle. “I had it running within a week after I bought the car,” he explains. He believes that the car has been in Madison for close to 60 years and notes that “There are four or five people around who owned it in the 1950s.”
“I’ve been collecting old cars and trucks all my life,” he says, and estimates his collection to include about 30 vehicles. His first acquisition was a “1940 Chevy pickup – I’ve still got it!” he says with a smile. He hopes to someday open a museum to share his love of old cars, but in the meantime, those wanting a peek at his treasures should stop by the upcoming River Run Car Show on the Madison Riverfront. “I’ll have at least one or two down there on display,” he says.
The 15th annual River Run Car Show will take place May 29 and is hosted by the Choice Automobiles of Madison, or CAM, Car Club. The event is free to spectators, and registration for those wishing to show a car is $15 if entered by May 1, or $20 to enter the day of the show. Day-of-show registrations will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. More than 100 awards will be presented in a variety of categories ranging from Best Paint to Best Engine, as well as special memorial awards. Spectators can enjoy not only a wide range of vehicles on display, but also music, door prizes, and a swap meet of car related memorabilia.
CAM Club member Jeff Webster of Deputy, Ind., encourages “anyone who’s interested in cars” to come out the day of the show and join in the excitement. He believes that part of the show’s continued success can be traced to the fact that the members of the CAM car club attend a variety of shows and events each year and are able to see what works best.
“We try to put on what we would like,” he explains.
Schafer highlights the setting of the show as another draw. “Just being on the river, the location is is super for a car show. The hometown atmosphere makes it something special.”
The event typically showcases close to 500 cars and has a positive community impact. “We bring people in from several states,” Webster said, adding that the mayor’s task force put the show’s attendance at about 10,000. All proceeds from the show are used to support the CAM club’s charities and provide funding for scholarships awarded to area high school students.
As a club member, Schafer won’t be competing this year but instead will be busy working to ensure that the showers and spectators have a good time. He expects to spend the morning of the show running speaker wire and then helping to park the cars as they are brought in before ending the day assisting with clean up. “It is definitely a full hard day’s work for a lot of people,” Schafer said. “The hardest job of all is the judging.”

• For more information, visit: www.camclub.itgo.com or call the Lanier-Madison Visitor Center at 1-800-559-2956.

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