The second annual Syracuse-Wawasee Park Foundation car show soldiered through to a successful conclusion under the continual threat of foreboding rain clouds Sunday, Aug. 6, on the grounds of Oakwood Park in Syracuse.
Thirty pristine automobiles, a dune buggy and one cobbled-together home-built contraption were displayed on the grass and asphalt in front of the Oakwood Resort, while Shane and Eric, a duo from Fort Wayne, provided a lively musical backdrop to the car owners and visitors of the show.
A paper sack sporting the entrant’s number was placed on or near each automobile and patrons had the opportunity to vote by buying tickets at a dollar apiece or six for $5 and placing them in the respective bags.
Three trophies were awarded toward the end of the show, which ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winners were:
• Current Classic Award: Doug Jansen of Kendallville for his 1961 Austin-Healey 3000:
• Future Classic Award: Pete Meyer of Syracuse for his 2014 Porsche 911 GT3:
• People’s Choice Award: Mike and Wanda Tiltges of Syracuse for their 1999 Carroll Shelby Series 1 roadster:
Entrants came from throughout Indiana and from Florida, Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
All proceeds will go to the Syracuse-Wawasee Trail.
“The turnout was good, considering the gray weather,” said Megan McClellan, executive trails director of the Syracuse-Wawasee Park Foundation.
“A big thank you goes to Oakwood,” she said. “If we had to rent space we wouldn’t make any money.”
Speaking of money, the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren entered into the competition by Jerry Collins clocked in with a fair market value of half a million dollars.
The hood and gull wing doors of the silver treasure were splayed open to reveal the immaculate interior and engine compartment:
Collins lives in Florida most of the year but summers on Lake Wawasee.
Adam Warble drove his 1937 Chevy Master Truck to the show. He spent eight months building the intriguing collocation of car, truck and tractor parts in his garage in Goshen, finishing it the second week of July:
“I drive it every day,” he said. “I take it to about four shows a week all over Indiana.”
The tailgate of the vehicle sported a sign, “One Piece at a Time.”
“That’s how I got it and that’s how I built it,” said Warble.
Bob and Sandy McNary of Lake Wawasee brought the smallest entrant, a 1957 BMW Isetta, an Italian-designed microcar, once the top-selling single-cylinder car in the world:
The hood doubles as the door for the two-seat “bubble car,” so called for its shape. The hinged steering wheel is attached to the door to facilitate ingress and egress.
Syracuse-Wawasee Trail conducts several fundraisers every year, including a 5K run in January, a Tails and Trails dog walk in the spring, a Tour des Lakes bicycle ride the second Saturday in July and an upcoming concert with James and the Drifters Saturday, Aug. 19, at the South Shore Golf Club
For more information about Syracuse-Wawasee Trail, call McClellan at (513) 835-5631 or visit syracusewawaseetrails.com.