Show during Oktoberfest focuses on old cars

On Saturday in Jefferson City

Clayton White, 20, of Russellville, will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship from the Mid-Mo Old Car Club at Saturday's car show in Jefferson City. White is a club member.

Clayton White, 20, of Russellville, will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship from the Mid-Mo Old Car Club at Saturday's car show in Jefferson City. White is a club member.

Fans of old cars get a chance this Saturday to see a number of them gathered for the Old Munichburg Association's Oktoberfest celebration in Jefferson City.

Those cars will start arriving at the Dunklin and Broadway streets intersection at 8 a.m., when registration begins.

And they’ll be there until after the judging ends, Wes Scott said — probably until about 4 p.m.

Scott is one of the original members of the Mid-Mo Old Car Club, which he helped organize in 1971.

“I started driving in a Model A Ford (in 1961), and I still have it,” Scott said. “I bought a Model A Ford for $50 and drove it in high school — and I still drive the same one.”

The club began “when most everybody had Model A Fords,” he said. “Now, it’s everything — and we still have 20 percent or so that are Model A Fords.”

Saturday’s show offers 17 different classes for competition, including stock vehicles built in 1931 or earlier, 1932-45, 1946-57, 1958-64, 1965-71 and 1972-92.

Cars are considered “antique” once they’re over 25 years old, Scott said.

There also is a “high performance” stock class, for vehicles from 1962-74, and a “pony cars” class (including Mustangs, Javelins, Firebirds, Challengers, Barracudas and “any officially declared pony car”) from 1964-74.

Other classes include vehicles “under restoration,” several truck categories and a special class for the Old Munichberg celebration — “Best German Car.”

The show is free to people who want to look.

A special time to watch, Scott said, is during the judging.

“The cars drive through the judging stand, from 11 until about 2 or 3,” he said, “so (people) get to see the cars operate and the judges flock around them.”

People entering a vehicle in the car show will pay a $12 entry fee for each vehicle — except there is no entry fee for Model A Fords (Saturday also is International Model A Ford Day, Scott said) and other stock vehicles from 1945 or earlier.

The Mid-Mo Old Car Club also will sign up new members at the registration table.

“Most (members) are enthused about the history aspect of the old cars,” Scott said this week. “They feel like they’re helping to maintain a part of automobile history. ...

“They’ll research the history of their car and of the auto industry when it was built.”

For the third year, the Mid-Mo Old Car Club is giving a $1,000 scholarship to a local student.

That presentation will be made during Saturday’s car show, and this year’s winner also is a club member — Clayton White, 20, Russellville.

He graduated from Cole County R-1/Russellville High School in 2011 and now is studying design drafting technology at Linn State Technical College.

“The money will help pay off my tuition,” White said.

He already has graduated from the construction and civil program, and is looking forward to career in one of his study areas.

He joined the Old Car Club because he’s been interested in old cars for most of his life.

“We have a 1962 Impala that we’re redoing,” he said. “My dad just bought a 1963 Impala that he wants to drive.”

White owns a 1963 Chevrolet pickup — he describes it as his “blue and rust” vehicle — “and I also have an ’01 Chevy, and I upgrade them a little — when I have the time and money, I’ll mess with them a little.”

He prefers working on older vehicles, White said.

“They’re a little easier, because you don’t have all the electronic stuff,” he said.

White lives in Linn during the week, then goes home to Russellville on weekends.

He also belongs to the Russellville Eliminators, a drag racing club that competes in the St. Louis area a lot.

He likes both groups.

“One is how you fix it up and make it go fast, and the other is you want to show it off a little bit,” White said.

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