A wheel good time

Show offers classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors

Maynard Buehler and Bea St. Onge in their 2002 Plymouth Prowler and Cathy Bornfleth in her 1957 Chevrolet lead the 28 cars during the Just Cruizin’ Car Club’s cruise on Woodward Avenue Thursday evening.

NORWAY — You can’t go wrong with the classics.

Automania 2018, the Just Cruizin’ Car Club’s 23rd annual show Saturday at the Dickinson County fairgrounds in Norway, again will feature a full array of makes and models of cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, with show to begin at 10 a.m.

“The public is invited to come and support the car club while checking out all the unique and vintage vehicles, cycles and even tractors,” said Dianne Castelaz-Chiapusio, event co-chairperson.

Proceeds from the show go toward two scholarships the club gives to Dickinson-Iron Vocational Center automotive classes. Each year, automotive students volunteer their time at the show in appreciation to the club, she noted.

Spectators will pay nothing to attend, but show entrants are asked to make a $10 donation at time of registration. The first 125 cars will receive a commemorative dash plaque to display and be entered into a drawing for two special door prizes.

Bill Falk and Dianne Castelaz-Chiapusio in his 1964 Chevrolet Impala.

The trophy presentation starts at 2 p.m., with first- and second-place awards to be given in 22 classes, along with the Best of Show.

“New this year is three hand-crafted trophies by the students of the voc center’s automotive classes,” Castelaz-Chiapusio said. “The students will be selecting the winners of these trophies as well.”

“The new trophies were a joint effort between the students and their teacher after attending car shows in Chicago and Detroit,” she added.

In addition, Michigan State Police Trooper Ryan Rossler and his canine partner, Nikko, will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. The event also will offer the Norway Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Safety Smoke House, face painting and an inflatable race car for children.

Games and contests are planned throughout the day as well, including such events as muffler rapping and slow drags. The club will have a 50-50 drawing and door prizes.

Concessions with food, beverages and ice cream will be available on the grounds.

“It looks like perfect weather for a show,” Castelaz-Chiapusio said, “and we are looking forward to a great turnout.”

Terri Castelaz can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 39, or tcastelaz@ironmountaindailynews.com.