Rob Vandal, event chairman for the host Wawasee Kiwanis Club, stated it was a “great day” with the entries up from 104 last year. He presented trophies to winners in 27 different classes and seven specialty awards.
The cruise-in Friday night on Main Street in the uptown area of Syracuse reportedly had 120 car participants.
Participants anxiously waited through the various class awards to hear who won the top awards for the show.
A 1957 Pontiac Starchief Convertible, owned by Lanny Rogers, was the winner of the Best of Show award. The award was sponsored by Bill’s Automotive.
The Kiwanis Choice winner, sponsored by Newcomer Construction, was a 2001 Harley Fatboy owned by Merle Bontrager.
Sam Craig’s 1932 Ford Roaster was chosen the Best Engineered Hot Rod, sponsored by Napa Auto Parts, with Roy Hauth’s 1954 Jaguar XK 120 winning the Police Chief’s Choice, sponsored by Wawasee Boat Works.
Bob Eastman took the Best Engine award with his 1936 Auburn Speedster. The award was sponsored by Guardian Industries.
Best Paint, sponsored by Buds’s Body Shop, was presented to Devoe Hoffer’s 1966 Nova and the Best Interior award, sponsored by Jasper Plastic Solutions, went to Ted Cook’s 1950 Hudson Coupe.
Class Winners And Runner-Ups
Pre-1935 Street Rod, sponsored by Hoosier Hot Rod — Ben Banister, 1934 ford Coupe, first; Ray McGillem, 1932 Ford Victoria, runner up
1935-48 Street Rod, sponsored by Syracuse Family Practice — Bob Eastman, 1936 Auburn Speedster, first and William Grow, 1936 Lafayette, runner up
Custom car and low rider, sponsored by Bussard Automotive — Devoe Hoffer, 1966 Nova, first; Ted Cook, 1950 Hudson Coupe, runner up
Modified Truck, sponsored by RAP Automotive — Adrian Beachy, 1957 GMC Pickup, first; Ken and Judy Garrison, 1948 Chevy pickup, runner up
Original Truck, sponsored by Farmers State Bank — Dave Warstler, 1952 Chevy 1⁄2ton, first; Roger and Carol Komendat, 1966 Dodge A100, runner up
Youth Truck or Car (21 and under), sponsored by Crossroads Bank — Alex Cadena, 1997 Camaro SS, first
Modified Tri 5 Chevy 1955, 1956, 1957, sponsored by Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware — Dave Roose, 1957 Chevy, first; Tom Stinnett, 1955 Belair, runner up
Classic Foreign pre 1987, sponsored by Hursh Insurance Agency — Kathleen Johnston, 1974 VW Thing, first; and Tom Reed, 1984 Fiat Spyder 2000, runner up
Foreign (1987-present), sponsored by Maple Leaf Farms — Dan Buchman, 2008 Audi TT Quattro, first
Original Collector pre 1955, sponsored by Appenzeller Brothers — Alex Valentine, VW Delux Dedan, first; Jan Appenzeller, 1920 Pierce Arrow, runner up
Original Collector, (55-73), sponsored by Todd Realty — Tom Striggow, 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA, first; and Tom Klingler, 1970 Chevelle LS6 Lake Model Original (74-present), sponsored by Edward Jones of Syracuse — Terry McCoy, 1992 Mustang, first; and Craig Price, 2008 Mustang Built
Muscle Car (original), sponsored by Bart’s Water Sports — Vin Smith, 1967 Oldsmobile 442, first; Harle Cordill, 1965 Buick Skylark GS, runner up
Muscle Car (modified), sponsored by Nautic Global Group — Eric Knipsheer, 1966 Nova, first; Bordner Brothers, 1972 Gran Trino, runner up
Mustang, sponsored by Louie’s Bar & Grill — Bob O’Hara, 2007 Shelby GT5000, first; Ken Strauss, 2012 Mustang, runner up
Camaro Original 1967-92, sponsored by McCormick Motors — Ben Bradway, 1969 Z28, first; arol Kawalski, 1967 Camaro, runner up
Corvette (53-67), sponsored by Kerns Crossing — Ron Clemens, 1962 Corvette, first; John Crabtree, 1963
Corvette (68-82), sponsored by Prickett’s Properties — Mike Breisch, 1982 Corvette, first; Tom Wilkinson, 1978 Corvette, runner up
Corvette (84-present), sponsored by Kalyco LLC — Rob Chalfant, 2004 Corvette Convertible, first; and Dave Egolf, 1997 Corvette AMC/Mopar
Pre-1974 original, sponsored by Lance’s New Market — John Owens, 1970 AMX, first and Allan and Trish Sluder, 1970 Charger RT, runner up
AMC/Mopar (74-present), sponsored by State Farm Insurance — Keith Naugle, 2009 Challenger RT, first; and John Adams, Plymouth Prolwer, runner up
Street Machine, including pro street, sponsored by Stiver Insurance — Terry Egolf, 1968 Camaro, first; Rich Remmier, 1991 Mustang, runner up
Special Interest, sponsored by Logan Rogers Realty — Tim Stonger, 1965 Shelby Cobra, first; and Mike Tiltges, 2009 Spyker, runner up
Pontiac Pre 1987, sponsored by Oswego Laundromat — Greg Miller, 1964 Pontiac GTO, first; Eric Dunn, 1969 Pontiac Trans Am, runner up
Harley, sponsored by Psychobilly Kustoms — Earl Borkholder, 2002 Harley Soft Tail, first; and Chuck Eby, 10 FLSTSB Crossbones, runner up
Motorbike (non-Harley), sponsored by DMH Cycles — Travis Beer, 1972 Honda CB 500, first; and Karl Schmucker, 2006 Honda VTX 1300
Jeep Wrangler, modified, sponsored by Custom Steel — Chad Crawford, 1982 Jeep CJ7, first; Alan Plikerd, 1979 CJ7, runner up