Marion Days features car, truck and bike show

MARION -- Car enthusiasts and collectors were not disappointed Saturday afternoon at the eighth annual Car, Truck and Bike Show held at Veterans Memorial Park in Marion.

Part of Marion Days (formerly Old Fashion Days), a popular village-wide celebration held each year in August, the show featured more than 115 vintage trucks, classic muscle cars, roadsters, sleek convertibles and motorcycles.

The crowd admired an intriguing and varied display including a 1933 Ford Hi-Boy convertible, 1936 Ford sedan, 1979 Dodge Lil’ Red Express truck, 1952 Oldsmobile 88, 1960 Studebaker Lark, 1966 Pontiac Bonneville, 1964 Chevrolet Impala convertible, 1929 Ford Model A, 1985 Chevrolet Corvette and 2006 Yamaha Roadstar Midnight.

In polished chrome, they displayed evocative names like Mustang, Rocket, Toronado, Galaxie, Apache, Camaro, Chevelle, Charger, Cutlass and Roadrunner and presented a dazzling multi-color display in glowing orange, purple, lime green, sky blue, flaming red, turquoise, metallic gold, silver and bronze, dramatic two-tone and classic black.

The show is organized by a committee headed by Gary Brackett of Marion. The event was founded to honor the memory of Brackett’s aunt and uncle, Orris and Nancy Brackett who always loved cars. Special trophies are awarded in their honor and there is also a memorial cup in memory of another Marion car enthusiast, Rob Fordyce.

Walt Buchanan from Cadillac exhibited a dark gray 1937 Chevrolet pickup. “I’ve come to this show three times before,” he said, “and one year I won the Best of Show Truck trophy,”

The 1956 Ford Crown Victoria shown by Tom Leski from Elmira was only manufactured for two years. “I’ve owned this car for 11 years,” he said, “and it’s taken me all that time to get it to the shape it’s in now. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.”

Murray and Bonnie Rockafellow from Marion attended the show to admire the vehicles, not as exhibitors. “We always try to go to all the Old Fashion Day events,” said Bonnie. “I’m not sure why they changed the name to Marion Days, but it’s a community event and the car show is a fun part of the weekend to see all the different kinds of cars and trucks.”

Exhibitors and spectators alike waited expectantly for the dramatic moment of the day, the highly anticipated announcement of winners and presentation of trophies.

To open the award ceremony, Susi Halas from Gladwin sang the national anthem. Many of the trophies were contributed by area businesses who support both the show and Marion Days through their donations.

Dale Kortman from Houghton Lake who brought his 1931 Ford Old School Rat Rod, won the Early Bird trophy. He arrived at 5:30 a.m. and helped the committee with all the set-up preparations for the show.

Walt Cortez from Evart won the bike trophy donated by the Main Street Grill in Marion for his 2006 Yamaha Roadstar Midnight bike.

The truck trophy donated by Flemming’s Clothing in Marion was won by Steve Johnson from Coleman for his 1972 Chevrolet pickup.

Ken Grames from Cadillac won the car trophy donated by Christie’s Potting Shed and Florist in Marion for his 1957 Chevrolet Bellaire.

Randy Dilday of Edmore won the People’s Choice Best Bike Award for his 1973 Harley-Davidson.

The Best Truck Award went to Terry Eddy of Houghton Lake for his 1959 Chevrolet Apache 3100.

The Rob Fordyce Memorial Cup went to Randy Porter of Cadillac for this 1965 Chevrolet Biscayne.

The Nancy Brackett Memorial Trophy was awarded to Ed Rousseau for his 1968 Dodge Charger R/T.

If you missed the show, keep in mind that it is an annual event and will be held again next year during Marion Days in August.

According to Bill Nye from Cadillac, it’s one of the best shows in the area. “Every year from May to October I go to about 30 car shows,” he said, “and I always come here because it’s one of the best. It’s a great show and one of the best organized.”

For more information about the show, how to enter a vehicle or sponsor a trophy, contact Gary Brackett, (231) 679-1265 .