Car Show and Shine attracts auto buffs

By: 
Abe Winter
Star Staff Writer

The toughest job in Miles City on Saturday would have been trying to pick the top three cars at the Car Show and Shine at Riverside Park. Fortunately, nobody had to.

Sponsored by the Miles City-based High Plains Classic Car Club, the 31st annual event is non-competitive — no trophies are awarded — but still drew 180 cars to the grassy lawn on the east side of the water.

“I think it would be pretty tough (to be a judge) because there’s a lot of nice cars here,” said Don Rhoads, a Miles City man who had his 1971 Mustang on display.

“It’s been in my family all its life,” Rhoads said of the car he bought in 1988. “It moves under its own power but I’m not quite finished yet.”

If you wanted to see your favorite vintage car, it probably was there — from a homemade remake of a 1923 T-Bucket to Dodges, Hudsons, Chevys and so many more.

“I made this from scratch,” Miles City’s Tim Stoltz said. “It took two years to build. I just got it done before the Bucking Horse Sale.”

Stoltz, the owner of Frank’s Body Shop, also had a 2006 Cadillac XLR-V hard-top convertible at the show. The shiny black car “is super-charged, a fun car to drive,” Stoltz said.

Likewise for the 2006 black Mustang owned by Randy and Marlene Boutalle. Well, Marlene is the primary owner.

“I get to drive it to the shows,” Randy said. “Other than that it’s clean it and no touch.”

Rick and Karen Herman of Billings sat near one of the all-time favorite cars — a 1957 Chevy they purchased three years ago in Phoenix. Estimated value is $70,000.

“I had one just like it coming out of high school,” Rick said, recalling his 1968 graduation from Billings West. “We drive it everywhere we go. We do several shows a year and being here in the park … the people who put this on treat you nice.”

Renae and Ed Sticka displayed their 1937 Chevy. Ed, a body shop owner for 40 years, has eight cars to pick from when he travels to a show.

“I like to drive that car. but we’ll come back next year with a different car,” Ed said, adding that his favorite is his 1964 Impala SS convertible. “We just enjoy it and displaying the cars. I like the atmosphere here and I like the park.”

Lyle and Mary Hurt drove to the show from Lockwood in a 1954 Dodge that has only 53,000 miles on it.

“It’s not a trailer queen,” Lyle said of his driving to Miles City. “It’s exactly like one my grandfather had, the same color, so that’s why I bought it.”

The two-tone green auto is one of four cars and a tractor in his collection.

“I just ride and enjoy it,” he said, adding that his favorite is a 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente convertible.

Barry and Colleen Wright of Billings purchased their 1948 GMC Suburban with a 350 cubic inch engine in the state of New York five years ago. They were telling people they like to “run down the interstate at 80 miles per hour.”

“We did quite a bit of work on it, adding a few touches and we do 5,000 to 7,000 fun things with it,” Barry said, adding that he has a 1946 Ford Rat Rod pickup. “It’s a lot of fun and we really enjoy it.”

Cody Steiner, one of the originators of the High Plains Classic Car Club in Miles City, had his two-tone green 1953 Hudson that was pulling a 1958 Leisure Home Trailer on display. He was happy with the turnout.

“We appreciate all the people who come here,” Steiner said. “We had some new cars and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.”

(Contact Abe Winter at starcity@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Please see the the photo gallery Car Show for more photos)

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