The Loafers Car Club will host its 22nd annual show Saturday, May 13, in historic downtown Hannibal. More than 300 historic and special interest vehicles are expected to fill North Main Street and nearby side streets from Broadway to North Street. Cars will be displayed until mid-afternoon, and spectators are welcome; there is no admission charge.
Registration for those displaying vehicles is 8 a.m. to noon on the day of the show; cost is $25. Participants may preregister for $20 through April 28; the Loafers’ Facebook page details the advantages of pre-registering.
Trophies will be awarded to the top three vehicles in each of the 31 judged classes. In addition, there will be eight special awards as well as an assortment of door prizes.
A raffle will feature a gas pump from the 1950s, restored by club member Stephen VanHouton; 500 raffle tickets will be sold at $10 each and are now available from club members. Remaining tickets will be sold at the show; the winner is not required to be present and the pump will be delivered free within 100 miles.
The show features a range of vehicles including antiques, classics, street rods, lead sleds, rat rods, Mustangs, Corvettes, imports and more.
Last year The Best of Show was awarded to Alan Grimmett of Rochester, Ill., with his 1936 Ford three-window coupe street rod.
While Loafers club members do not compete with entries in the show, they do display their cars, and show participants are encouraged to vote for their favorite Loafers car.
Both the 2016 favorite Loafers car and the Best of Show car will be pictured on 2017 T-shirts that are provided free to each pre-registered show participant and other participants as long as the supply lasts. If there are any remaining T-shirts, they will be made available to anyone for a donation.
Major sponsors of the 2016 event were Tom Boland Ford, Poage Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep, Chester Bross Construction Company, Refreshment Services Pepsi, Jason Utterback/American Family Insurance, Trust/GDC Insurance Services, Golden Eagle Distributing Co., Kyle Mack/Shelter Insurance, Heartland Auto Body & Towing, Bowen Auto Body and F&M Bank and Trust Company. Other businesses donated money for trophies and items for prizes.
The Loafers Car Club is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of giving back to the community while preserving and enjoying historic automobiles.
The 1970 Chevelle SS454 convertible owned by Mike and Sue Downing of Hannibal was named the favorite Loafers car in 2016. They purchased the car 33 years ago, a month after they married. About two years ago, the couple decided to fully restore the car, and Mike was fortunate that the original factory build sheet was still with the vehicle. It is rare to find the “instructions” used by the factory to manufacture a car.
A build sheet is the most important document of any collector car. It was used by assembly plant workers to determine the parts that were to be installed in a car. The sheet not only provides details like engine size and transmission, but also carries paint codes, radiator type, shocks, brakes and more.
The sheet for the Downings’ car shows that it was built at the Kansas City General Motors plant. Many hours were spent doing the complete frame-off restoration, and most of the work was done in fellow Loafers member Ron Raney’s shop.
- By ALLAN WIDEMAN