Weather dampens Evart Car Show, but not spirits

EVART — Although rain held off for most of Saturday, Aug. 30, the threat of inclement weather kept most classic car owners at bay from the Evart Car Show.

About 75 cars and their owners parked on the grass at East Riverside Park, which, according to Evart Car Club President James Rohen, is about 100 cars less than last year's event.

"The weather impacts us more than it did before, because people can get on the Internet and check the weather before they come, and then decide if they want to risk it," he said. "Despite the weather, it's still nice. The day is actually turning out well."

The Evart Car Club also hosted its annual cruise on Friday, Aug. 29, which attracted about 38 car owners, who drove from the Evart Municipal Airport to Eight Point Lake and back to the Evart Moose Lodge.

"People at Eight Point Lake were in front of their cabins cheering us on," Rohen said. "It was a lot of fun. Then we drove back to the Moose Lodge and displayed the cars."

Along with the chance to display their cars and trucks from all generations, car owners were registered for prizes and trophies.

Keith Yoder traveled from Midland to display the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette he has owned for more than 40 years.

"I had one of these when I was 20, and then I got married and sold it," Yoder said. "Four or five years after that, we thought we should have another one."

Besides the nostalgia factor, he enjoys traveling in the vehicle and going to car shows around Michigan. This is the 10th year Yoder has attended the Evart Car Show.

"This show always has good giveaways and trophies," he said. "It seems to be well organized."

Cadillac resident Bonnie Hawkins attended the show for the first time with her 1951 modified Ford Pickup. Her husband purchased the evergreen-colored truck four years ago and restored it, but became interested in another car. Hawkins bought it from him and loves every piece of it.

Hawkins picked out the green color of the truck, which is originally a color made by BMW. She chose the color for the vehicle because of the memory of her grandfather's green truck. He completed other modifications as well.

"I like the teeth in the grill, and we put two extra teeth in it so it now has five," Hawkins said. "It looks more aggressive."

She said she enjoyed the Evart Car Show and is planning on attending again next year.

"I think it's a nice-sized event even with the weather," Hawkins said.