Classics shine at CG Festival car show

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Don Bentley of Muskegon was showing his 1974 red Chevy Corvette at the Cruise-In Car Show on Sunday afternoon when two young women, passing out notices for the upcoming Shoreline Spectacular event in Muskegon, stopped by. Bentley let Tahra Crowell of Nunica and Andrea Moreen of Muskegon take turns behind the wheel of his ‘Vette.

“The cars are making me not want to work today,” Crowell said.

One of the vehicles on display was on the job. Coal Post of Illinois parked his 1969 Ford Good Humor ice cream pickup truck on Second Street and was selling cold treats.

To see the photo gallery of the show, click here.

The car show’s chairman, Matt Butler, said Sunday’s weather — sunny and in the 80s — was perfect for the 17th annual event. “We couldn’t have ordered better weather,” he said.

Butler has organized the show for the past seven years. His father, a longtime member of the Coast Guard Festival Board of Directors, led the show for its first 10 years.

“He started with six cars down on Harbor Street,” the younger Butler said. “Now we’ve got over 300 today, so it’s been kind of cool to see it grow.”

At the end of the show, the festival committee handed out 35 trophies in a half-hour ceremony.

The winner of the Mayor’s Choice was a rare 1942 Chrysler Town & Country “Woody” station wagon, owned by Al and Carole Scholten of Holland. They said they put in all new wood and seat covers, refinished and rechromed the car, and only drive it short distances for weddings and in parades.

“This is a rare bird,” said Owen Rottschafer of Spring Lake, who was admiring the World War II-era wagon. “... Done well, too.”

The Scholtens said the wagon will remain home on Saturday as they will drive their 1959 Oldsmobile 98 convertible — which was also at Sunday’s show — in Saturday’s Coast Guard Festival Grand Parade.

Here’s the big winners from Sunday’s car show:

Chief’s Pick: Karen Tasasiewicz, 1971 Plymouth Road Runner

Festival Director’s Pick: Bob Kramer, 2004 Chevy SSR

Commander’s Pick: Kim Coston, 1965 Mustang 289

Board Chair’s Pick: Dean Cole, 1978 Chevy Corvette

Mayor’s Choice: Al and Carole Scholten, 1942 Chrysler Town & Country “Woody”

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