Classic cars crowd city center

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Downtown Lincoln was marked by gleaming chrome and music from the ’60s Saturday as more than 200 classic cars came together in the inaugural car show hosted by the Rods and Relics of Lincoln Hills car club. “We’ve got cars from all over,” said Kent Parsell, car show director for the club. “We have cars from Reno, South San Francisco, San Jose, Stockton…all over.” Parsell said the show was “absolutely” a success, with a couple thousand attendees, and said the club plans on continuing the event next year. “I’ve got to say, this is one of the best car shows we’ve ever had,” Mayor Spencer Short told Parsell Saturday. Bringing his original ’57 Ford Thunderbird to the show Saturday was Lincoln resident Ian Carah, only the second owner of the classic – which has a mere 36,000 miles on it. “I’m glad to see that Rods and Relics hosted it this year,” Carah said, adding that he always stays aware of the downtown events. Roseville resident Tom Winkleman brought his Superformance replica of a 1965 Shelby Cobra sports car to the show. “It’s the only car I’ve ever wanted,” Winkleman said. Classic cars have a special appeal to Winkleman. “There’s no radios, no power steering…it reminds me of my youth,” Winkleman said. It wasn’t just individuals in attendance at the show, with the Klassic Kruisers Car Club making the drive down the mountain from Reno to attend the show. “It’s great,” said Neal Grows, president of the club. “We’re seeing a lot of different cars here.” Klassic Kruisers picked up the award for club participation with nine cars in the show. The club has about 65 classic car enthusiasts in it, and Grows said he plans on coming again next year with more cars. One of the unique cars at the show was Lincoln police Sgt. Brian Fritsch’s ’63 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder. “My dad bought one in 1960 for $100,” Fritsch said, adding that he has owned his current vehicle for nine years. “I loved it and wanted to try my hand at restoring it,” Fritsch said. As Fritsch restored his Corvair, he did about 95 percent of the work himself, from adding new panels to relocating the fuel cap and adding bigger wheels. Fritsch picked up a sponsors award, showing all the hard hours of work were worth it. Winning the award for Best of Show in the original class was Auburn resident Roxanne Carney, who brought her ’54 Mercury Monterey. “I was shocked,” Carney said. “There were a lot of nice cars here today.” The only aspect of the car that doesn’t resemble the way it came from the factory, Carney said, is the engine – which was painstakingly modified using the same methods hot rodders used in the ’50s. Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at