Classic cars wheel in to downtown Grand Haven

Kay Bosch kept busy polishing her 1967 Cougar during the Wheels of Grand Haven car show put on Sunday by the Grand Haven Area Jaycees.
Becky Vargo
Jul 14, 2013

“This is a replica of my very first car,” the Muskegon resident said as she peered at the shiny vehicle for any potential smudges.

Bosch said she and her late husband always used to show a car that was like his first car.

When he died a couple years ago, she gave that car to her son.

So she bought the pale yellow car and shows it in her husband’s memory.

Bosch wasn’t the only one shining her car.

Brian Stuck of Spring Lake was busy polishing up his 1968 Ford Mustang when Tim Potter stopped to chat.

“We haven’t seen each other in more than a year, the Fruitport resident smiled.

He continued on to look at the next of almost 250 classic cars parked on Washington Avenue and some of the side streets in downtown Grand Haven.

There were trophies for all different categories, but the favorite in the contestant-judged show was a 1937 Packard Victoria convertible owned by Owen Rottshafer of Spring Lake, according to Jaycee treasurer Chris Beck, chairman of the show.

Best Presentation went to Charlie Mullen of Muskegon, who had a surfboard attached to the side of his 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle.

“Overall, it was a good year,” Beck said. “Lots of new cars came this year.”

Beck said about a third of the participants are from the Tri-Cities, a third are from West Michigan and a third are from outside West Michigan.

“We had some people from Indiana and a lot of people came from the east side of the state,” he said.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund other Jaycee projects, Beck said.

Some of the proceeds will be used to make a payment on the 2012 Fourth of July fireworks show.

Beck said the local Jaycees are in a rebuilding mode and he’s looking forward to the group being restored to what it used to be.

Anyone, ages 21-40, interested in becoming a Jaycee should call Beck at 616-283-3636, or go online to grandhavenjayces.org.

Read more of this story in Monday's print or electronic edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

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