Classic car show draws thousands to Delavan

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Nick Crow
Sunday, July 13, 2014

DELAVAN — Thousands of spectators were treated to beautiful weather and more than 800 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles Sunday during the 11th annual "The Cars Time Forgot" event Sunday at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan.

"It's a fantastic turnout," said Dan Pyfer, chairman for the event. "We've had a real nice flow all day."

Pyfer said crowds have grown during each year of the event. This year the event honored the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang and featured special appearances by the Mach IV Mustang and the Blue Max Mustang II Funny Car.

"I think the variety and level of cars here is probably unmatched in the area," Pyfer said. "This single day is probably the biggest car show in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin."

Greg Rea, owner of Excel Auto Body in Janesville, built the President's Choice award for the event. The award is the highest honor given at the show.

Rea said he built it because he loves the car show and likes to contribute to its success.

"I think it's for a good cause and the people here are very nice," Rea said. "This has to be the nicest show in the area. There's nothing nicer. It has gotten bigger and bigger. There's nothing better."

Patrick and Annaliesa Prohuska of Williams Bay brought their red 1966 Ford Mustang to the show. They have owned it for three years. They bought it from its original owner, who bought it off the lot at Fagan Automotive in 1966.

"We've done a lot of maintenance work to it but it's an original Wisconsin car," Patrick said.

"It's a lot of fun," Annaliesa said. "I had wanted it for a long time. We like to say that we bought it from the previous owner more than that he sold it to us."

Tom Upham of Janesville, brought the1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk that he bought in Chicago a couple years ago. He said the event is a good way for car collectors and people who appreciate classic cars to come together to enjoy the vintage vehicles.

"Every year it gets bigger and bigger," Upham said. "It's a fun way to spend the day seeing all these people out here enjoying the weather and the cars people bring."

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