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Fourth a hot day for hot cars

By Staff | Jul 8, 2008

It doesn’t get any cooler than this. Butch Chiochon of Lake Park oohed and aahed folks during the Black Knights cruise-in Friday night with his ‘65 Cobra replicar.

Fireworks weren’t the only thing that were hot the Fourth of July this past Friday.

The cars were too.

There was a great turnout of entries for both the Armstrong car show and the Black Knight Car Club cruise-in, both on Friday, as has become customary. There were visitors to both events from both communities.

One of the real Armstrong standouts was a 1972 Ford Mach I owned by Dean Wenzel of Ceylon, Minn. To say Dean has a strong attachment to his Mach I would be putting it mildly. Dean bought the car in 1974 from Donovan Motors in Estherville when he was a junior in high school. “I thought I would hold onto my high-school car,” Dean said fondly. The car had just 21,000 miles on it and he got a deal on it since it had some hail damage.

It was 1991 when Dean started the restoration job which he finished in 1998. Nickerson Body Shop of Truman, Minn., took the dents out.

Jim and Judy Taylor of Spencer brought this beautiful 1949 Ford convertible to the Black Knights cruise-in.

The Mach I still has the original 351 Cleveland engine.

A real head-turner was a 1965 Cobra replicar that Butch Chiochon of Lake Park brought to the Black Knights Car Club cruise-in Friday night. The Cobra has a 351 Windsor stroked to a 427. Chiochon is the third owner and he bought the car from a friend in Des Moines.

A&S Performance of Eagan, Minn., put in the aluminum heads on the car that puts out 525 horsepower and has a five-speed gearbox.

Another beauty at the Black Knights cruise-in was a 1949 Ford convertible owned by Jim and Judy Taylor of Spencer. The convertible is one of a handful of its kind still in existence.

The next Black Knights Car Club cruise-in will be Friday, Aug. 1 in conjunction with Sweet Corn Days. The cars will gather on North Sixth Street on Library Square and take a short cruise at 7:30 p.m. and return for the street display until 10:30 p.m.

The Black Knights Sweet Corn Days Car Show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, also along North Sixth Street. The entry fee is just $10. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries and there will be door prizes for registrants. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. with trophies awarded to the top 25 entries by participant vote. Special awards include Mayor’s Choice, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar and Best Paint.

For more information on the Aug. 2 car show, contact Marty Domek at mdomek@yourstarnet.net or at ME’s Body Shop at 712-362-3950 or Ron Anderson at rander@mchsi.com or 712-362-3063.