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23 Apr 12 Annual Classics and Chrome Car Show sets attendance record

MACHESNEY PARK — A 1939 Maybach SW38 Sport Roadster owned by Dana and Patti Mecum of Rockford and a 1931 Duesenberg Model J owned by John and Elaine Klein of Indianapolis shared best-of-show honors in the Classics and Chrome Car Show this weekend.

A total of 10,201 people attended the two-day show, presented by State Farm Insurance, at the old Menards building. The show drew more than 125 vehicles and set a record for attendance.

More than 8,000 votes were cast for the People’s Choice Award, which was won by Ron Schneider of Franklin, Wis., for his 1936 Stout Scarab.

Other winners were:

Pre-War Class: 1932 MG Midget, John and Patti Morris, Lake Mills

Post-War Class: 1947 Chrysler Town and Country, Joe Donovan, Poplar Grove

Muscle Class: 1966 Pontiac GTO, Dan Highland, Cherry Valley
Hod Rod/Custom Class: 1960 Nash Metropolitan, Chuck and Ginger Redding, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Exotic/Race Class: 2008 Lamborghini Superleggera, Randy McBain, Rockford

Sports Car Class: 1960 Austin Healey Coupe, Bill and Marie Naretta, Rockton

Special Interest Class: 1951 Ferrari Testerossa, Bob Shaw, Richmond

Motorcycles: 2012 KW Custom, Troy Finner, Rockford

Raffle winners were Cindy Ralston of Roscoe, John Ruud of Machesney Park and Jeff Furst of Rockford.

In addition to State Farm, other sponsors included SwedishAmerican Hospital, Keith Country Day School, Pepsi, Rockford Linear Motion, Der Rathskeller, Alpine Bank, Mulford Dental, WIFR, Maverick Media and O’Reilly’s.

Proceeds from the car show benefit Keith Country Day School.

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