on the River
Run XV Car Show
returns to Madison riverfront
to help area charities
and scholarship funds
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(May 2010) When Madison car collector Bob
Schafer goes to a car show, he isnt just wanting to see the most
pristine vehicles that boast mirror-like shines and perfect interiors.
Hes also interested in checking out some of the old cars that
still show signs of their history and age.
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 isnt 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.
Ive 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 Ive
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. Ill 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
whos interested in cars to come out the day of the show
and join in the excitement. He believes that part of the shows
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 mayors task force put the shows attendance
at about 10,000. All proceeds from the show are used to support the
CAM clubs charities and provide funding for scholarships awarded
to area high school students.
As a club member, Schafer wont 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 days 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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