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Mid-Mo Old Car Club to take over Dunklin Street for 48th show

Mid-Mo Old Car Club to take over Dunklin Street for 48th show

September 21st, 2017 by Philip Joens in Local News

Gary Waggoner poses for a portrait Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 with his 1964 Plymouth Fury at the corner of West Dunklin and Broadway in Jefferson City. Dozens of cars will line Dunklin Street during the 48th annual Mid-Mo Old Car Club Round Up and Show on Sept. 30.

Photo by Shelby Kardell /News Tribune.

Dozens of cars will line Jefferson City's Dunklin Street during the 48th annual Mid-Mo Old Car Club Round Up and Show on Sept. 30.

Organizers expect about 100 cars from the 1920s through the early 1990s to be entered into the event. The car show will happen in conjunction with the Oktoberfest German heritage celebration taking place in the Old Munichburg neighborhood the same weekend.

Founded in 1971, the Mid-Mo Old Car Club has events for car lovers around Mid-Missouri. Wes Scott, a charter member of the group who said he hasn't missed one of the previous shows, said the group focuses primarily on old cars, so members want to see cars from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

Scott expects a few vintage cars like Model A and Model T Fords to be entered. To help attract cars from those decades, cars built before 1945 can enter for free.

"It's hard to get the cars from the (1920s) and (1930s) to come out," Scott said. "The people who have these old cars are getting older. They're a lot harder to drive and just a lot more trouble to get out."

Stock, modified and custom cars predating 1945 through model year 1992 in the various classes will be welcome in the show. Scott said most cars will likely be from the 1960s and 1970s, but some muscle cars up to model year 1992 will be entered. The club also created a class for cars under restoration by their owners.

"A lot of people never quite get their cars finished, so if they've got one they're working on, they can bring it," he said.

Registration runs 8-11 a.m. at the corner of West Dunklin and Broadway streets. Judging in each of the 17 classes begins at 11:30 a.m. Awards begin at 3 p.m. Entry for all cars built after 1945 costs $15.

The Mid-Mo Old Car Club also will give two scholarships. Columbia College business and marketing major Jacob Blackorby, of Jefferson City, will received a $1,000 scholarship. Andy Ballwin, who's studying auto collision at State Technical College of Missouri, received a $1,000 scholarship in 2016 and will receive a $500 scholarship this year.

The Mid-Mo Old Car Club Round Up and Show happens in conjunction with the Old Munichburg Association's Oktoberfest festival, which celebrates the Old Munichburg neighborhood's German heritage each year. That festival will run Sept. 29-30.

The Oktoberfest festival will kick off Sept. 29 with a German pot roast dinner 4:30-7 p.m. at the Central United Church of Christ's dining hall. Outside the church will be a beer garden and a performance by the Loehnig Family German Band through 9 p.m.

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In addition to the car show Sept. 30, the day will feature bands, food and beverages. A beer and wine garden will open at 10:30 a.m. in the Prairie Farms Warehouse parking lot on Madison Street. Bands will start playing on a stage at the corner of Washington and Dunklin streets at 10 a.m. The headliner, '80s cover band Burning Down the House, will take the stage 2-5 p.m.

The festival's signature event is the Dachshund Derby dog races. Registration commences 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A dog costume contest starts at 1 p.m., followed by races of four dogs each on a course just west of the Hawthorn Bank parking lot.

Scott said the car show has worked with the Old Munichburg Association for three or four years after previously hosting the show downtown and at Capital Mall, among other places.

To tie the two events together, the Mid-Mo Old Car Club created a class for the best German car. Scott estimated three or four Volkswagens and Porches will enter that class.

"It does work out good," Scott said. "(Oktoberfest) has things people can do. The people that bring their cars, they want something else to do, too."