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Collector Cars Unlimited Car Show Sunday

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 14, 2017
Courtesy of: CHUCK MELVIN Here are the Best in Show car, left, and Best in Show truck from the 2016 Collector Cars Unlimited Car Show. The car show, now in its 35th year, returns to the Fairfield square Sunday.

It’s that time of year again, and Sunday marks the 35th annual Collector Cars Unlimited Car Show that will commence on the Fairfield square.

“We’ve been at this a year or two,” said show coordinator Steve Beeman. “We’ll be around the square rain or shine.”

Car registration is from 8 a.m. to noon and is $15. The first 150 cars will receive a dash plaque.

Beeman, who has been involved with nearly every show for more than three decades, said the show usually piggybacks on the Fairfield Kiwanis Kids’ Day, which is Saturday.

“We are always the Sunday following the Kiwanis Kids’ Day,” he said. “I think the city likes that, because they already have the barricades out.”

The show fills the square with everything from classic Ford T-birds to a variety of factory muscle cars, modified pickups and even motorcycles. Vehicle classes run the gamut and include convertibles, classic closed stock from 1900-1979, foreign cars, mini trucks and more.

“We’ve got all kinds of cars, it’s a very diverse show,” Beeman said. “There is a T-Bird club out of Northern Missouri that comes and brings several T-birds with them. We try to adjust the classes to suit everybody. It’s everything from your complete restocked cars to modified street rods and rat rods. There isn’t a cutoff age for classic cars.”

Beeman said that, he’s been working on a 1969 Pontiac Firebird project car, and that even those with unfinished cars are welcome to participate.

“There’s nothing saying that a car has to be completely stocked. We have an unfinished class for them to be able to talk to other people in the show and gather ideas,” he said, adding that other show participants could offer advice to those still working on their projects.

Participant voting is from noon to 2 p.m., and ballots are issued with registration. Trophy presentations are at 3:30 p.m., and are sponsored by the Keokuk Trophy Outlet Inc. A pre-entry drawing also will be held during the awards presentation.

The show is open to the public, and will feature music by Odyssey DJ Service of Ottumwa.

Beeman said the show is sponsored by Fairfield’s Collector Car Club.

“People can join the monthly meeting, which is at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Pizza Hut,” Beeman said. “We don’t have any dues or anything, all you need is a love for cars. We’ve got more than one person in the club who doesn’t even have a car. They just like the show and enjoy being around and working with the club.”

For more information about the car show, contact Beeman at 919-4048.

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