MILFORD — South Bend’s long automotive history seemed to work to its advantage at the 2018 Milford Fest Car, Tractor and Motorcycle Show, Saturday, May 26, as South Bend native Doug Hanyzewski’s ’66 Ford Bronco garnered the Best of Show award.
At the same time, two Studebakers, once manufactured in South Bend, also earned awards: Best Truck went to a ’62 Studebaker owned by Bill Coate and Best Interior went to a ’59 Studebaker Lark, owned by Jim Maxey, also of South Bend.
Nicole Dippon, owner of Milford Party Pack, which sponsored the event along with Milford Lions Club, was on hand to present Hanyzewski with his trophy. She thanked the show’s 65 participants for their “hard work” and said, “we hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did.”
Dippon also took a moment to remember the men and women of the armed forces who “gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
Other awards were as follows: Best Chevrolet, Marvin Galbreath, 1937 Chevrolet; Best Corvette, John Doyle, 1968 Corvette; Best Camaro, Terry Egolf, 1968 Camaro; Best Ford or Mercury, Vicky and Jim Thompson,1960 Ford Thunderbird; Best Dodge or Chrysler, Teresa Sweet, 2010 Dodge; Best Pontiac, Mark Klotz, 1966 Bonneville; Best Other Manufacturer, Roy Hauth, 1954 Jaguar; Best Foreign Car, Russ Keister, 1998 Jaguar; Best Hot Rod & Custom, Tim and Tammy Tilton, 1937 Ford; Best Motorcycle, Shane Herring, 1978 Puch Maxi; Best OEM Original Car, Roger Buss, 1942 Ford Army Jeep; Best Antique Tractor, Darrin Lincoln, 1935 Farmall; Best Paint, Bruce Bordner, 1956 Ford F-100; Best Engine, Kevin Bammerlin, 2016 Dodge; Oldest Vehicle Award, Jerry Bethel, 1930 Dodge; Long Distance Award, Phil Tenney, 540 miles from Sevierville, Tenn.; People’s Choice Award, Mark Hollar, 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro.