Thousands turn out for Keith Classics and Chrome Show: 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso, 1957 Chevy among winners

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117752898413168.jpg’, ‘Photo by Doug Halberstadt’, ‘About 5,000 people attended the Keith Classics and Chrome Car Show Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, at the Indoor Sports Center. The show, which featured cars and vehicles owned by more than 130 participants, is the largest indoor car show in the area.‘);

On a weekend that was perfectly suited for an outdoor activity, about 5,000 people did the exact opposite and stopped by the Indoor Sports Center to check out the Keith Classics and Chrome Car Show. They weren’t disappointed. The event featured the largest indoor collection of show cars in the area, with more than 130 car and motorcycle owners participating.

The annual fund-raiser for Keith School featured cars, trucks and motorcycles from all across Illinois and Wisconsin. There were street cars, vintage hot rods, antique autos, race cars and even a huge truck painted with the Chicago Bears colors and logo.

Attendees not only had a chance to view the classics up close, they also had the opportunity to act as judges. Fans were handed a ballot as they came in, and were encouraged to vote for their favorites.

Winners included the following by class:

Committee’s Choice: 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso, owned by James Schaid, McHenry, Ill.

People’s Choice: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, owned by Ken Vandersnick, Bettendorf, Iowa

Pre-War: 1928 Ford Model A Pickup, owned by Bob Schaltenbrand, Nashville, Ill.

Post-War: 1954 Packard Caribbean Convertible, owned by Gary Thomas, Highland Park, Ill.

Muscle: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, owned by Steve Heath, Bettendorf, Iowa

Sports: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, owned by Glenn Hammack, Rockford

Hot Rod: 1932 Hupmobile Vicky, owned by Butch Downs, Colona, Ill.

Exotic/Race: 1989 Lamborghini Countach, owned by Robert Klingler, Rockford

Special Interest: 1958 Isetta 300, owned by Marty Brackin, Rochelle

Special Guest: 2003 Mini Cooper “S,” owned by Mark Lewis, Rockford

Motorcycles: 2006 Special Construction Bike, owned by John Holt, Belvidere

Anita Papich of Rockford was the winner in the $35,000 Carload of Cash raffle. Her name was drawn from 775 tickets sold.

If you happened to be busy outdoors this past weekend and didn’t make it to the show, I would suggest marking your calendars now for the 2008 edition of Classics and Chrome. It’s worth the time.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the April 25-May 1, 2007, issue

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