Linda Sager of Gallipolis makes a couple of last-minute checks under the hood of her 1930 American Austin. The car has been in Sager’s family since 1951, when her father bought it. Says Sager, “Mother drove it to work here in Gallipolis. She never knew where she would find it at the end of the day, because people would take it and hide it from her. She found it on somebody’s porch once. It is a rare little car, manufactured in Butler, Pa., as an economy vehicle during the depression. It wasn’t successful because larger cars were more fashionable at the time, so not very many were made. I belong to the Austin Club and this is one of the oldest original models.” Sager adds that she intends to keep the vehicle in the family, and has already promised it to her nephew.
Jeff Cavender of Charleston, W.Va,. gives his 1972 Plymouth Duster a quick buff before the competion. He owns the vehicle with his wife, Denise, and says he bought it ten years ago: “It was a mid-life crisis, I guess. I’m only the second owner of the car, and it has 14,000 original miles. I spent four years restoring it; I did it all myself in my garage. I’m a mechanic, though, that’s what I do for a living.” The Cavendars received a trophy in their division.
GALLIPOLIS — Competitors and other car enthusiasts enjoyed a perfect summer day at the 34th Annual Car Show presented by the Ole Car Club, Inc., of Gallipolis on Saturday. One hundred sixty-five vehicles of varying pedigree and antiquity sat on the grass at the Gallipolis City Park and awaited judging in nine categories.
Awards were as follows:
Favorite Ford: Tim Brannon and his 1955 Ford T-Bird; Favorite GM: Stanley Houck and his 1969 SS395 Chevelle; Favorite MoPar: Jeff & Denise Cavender and their 1972 Plymouth Duster; Favorite Prewar Antique (1941 & older): Don Preston and his 1935 Ford Roadster; Favorite Postwar Antique (1942 to 1985): Sherald Edwards and his 1952 Ford; Favorite Street Machine (1949 & newer): Charlie Brown and his 1967 Chevelle; Favorite Street Rod(1948 & older): Fred & Sharon Billups and 1926 Model “T” Ford; Favorite Scooter/Motorbike: Shane Love and his 2010 Custom Simplex; Oldest Antique Vehicle at Show: Bob Burgroff and his 1928 Ford Model “A” Roadster Pickup.