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'Cherry' classic cars on display in Pequot Lakes

Car show volunteers Mandy and Garrett Pfeiffer check out a 1956 Ford “Nostalgia Gasser” displayed in Trailside Park on Saturday, June 7. The car is owned by Dean Markuson of Pequot Lakes. Photo by Chelsey Perkins1 / 3
Harrison Woodman, 9, and Jaxon Woodman, 5, of Pequot Lakes, test out the 1925 fire truck owned by Rick Beyer of Pequot Lakes. The truck has a working hand-crank siren and appears in area parades. Photo by Chelsey Perkins2 / 3
Paul Fee, left, and James Fee, 7, who have a cabin in Crosslake, examine the interior of a 1931 Ford half-ton pickup. Dan Oldenberg of Lake Shore assembled the truck from parts, many of which he’s had for decades. Photo by Chelsey Perkins3 / 3

The seventh annual Cherry Car Show was held Saturday, June 7, at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes.

The morning began rainy, but the sun began shining by 11 a.m., providing near perfect weather for car-watching. Spectators admired dozens of classic cars from as far back as the 1920s at the event, hosted by the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions. They also enjoyed food vendors, including the Lions' shish kabobs, and a nearby craft fair.

A total of 69 entrants competed for various titles, including peer favorite, spectators' favorites and the mayor's favorite.

Pequot Lakes Mayor Nancy Adams selected the 1938 Chevrolet two-door Sedan owned by Larry Rasmussen of Pequot Lakes as her favorite. Rasmussen's vehicle was also selected by judges as the best 1936-48 street rod.

Men's choice went to John Solsten's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, which also earned best Corvette, while women's choice went to Marlin Parry's 1965 Ford Mustang coupe. Kids who voted chose Gary Gould's 1970 Chevrolet Malibu as their favorite.

The top vehicle chosen by peers was Lee Auel's 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.


Up to 1935: Rick Rudbeck's 1931 Graham Sedan

1936-54: Rob and Lynn Damar's 1936 Ford Tudor Sedan

1955-65: Kent and Laurie Brothen's 1955 Mercury Montclair

1966 and newer: Kurt Martin's 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger

Muscle Car: Dave Schlegel's 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

Street Machine/Pro-Street/Tuner: Randy Jasman's 1974 Ford Pinto

Best Paint: Tony Schwaller's 1937 Ford Roadster

Street Rod 1900-35: Dave Trees' 1930 Ford Model A coupe

Street Rod 1936-48: Larry Rasmussen's 1938 Chevrolet 2-door Sedan

Pickup: Richard Gustafson's 1978 Dodge Lil' Red Express truck

Custom Pickup: Glenn Guldberg's 1968 Chevrolet Pickup

Custom 1949 and up: John Delke's 1965 Chevrolet El Camino

Corvette: John Solsten's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette

Foreign/Import Car: Pat Garry's 1995 Mazda Miata MX-5 Roadster

Pony Car: Gary Hester's 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

Best Convertible: Rick Wimmer's 1964 Ford Thunderbird

Special Interest: Rick Beyer's 1925 Federal Knight Fire Truck

Best Unrestored Car: Richard Johnson's 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible

Men's Choice: John Solsten's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette

Women's Choice: Marlin Parry's 1965 Ford Mustang coupe

Kid's Choice: Gary Gould's 1970 Chevrolet Malibu

Mayor's Choice: Larry Rasmussen's 1938 Chevrolet 2-door Sedan

Peer's No. 1 Choice: Lee Auel's 1956 Ford Crown Victoria

Chelsey Perkins

Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.

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