Cloudy & cool…very cool

MARSHALL – With the brisk wind and overcast skies, it didn’t feel like the first of June. But that didn’t stop the car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts from coming to Marshall on Saturday. The annual Shades of the Past Car Truck & Bike Show drew a good-sized crowd to the Runnings parking lot, on the corner of U.S. Highway 59 and Minnesota Highway 23.

Visitors like Todd Hoseck said it was fun to go see the show, regardless of the weather.

Looking at the restored cars, he said, “It reminds me of seeing pictures of my dad with his car.”

The people who brought their classic cars to the show weren’t always visible this weekend – but that was only because they had ducked into their vehicles or under blankets to warm up for a spell.

Dennis and Shirley Schoenfelder of Mitchell, S.D., came to the show with their 1970 Dodge Challenger. However, they ended up moving their lawn chairs a few spaces down the row.

“We were trying to get out of the wind,” Shirley Schoenfelder said. Still, she said, “It’s fun traveling to car shows.” It was the couple’s first time showing at Shades of the Past.

“It took seven years to restore it, in my spare time,” Dennis Schoenfelder said of the Challenger. He had a display of photos of the process set up in the car’s trunk.

The show included a wide range of cars, trucks, tractors and even kiddy cars, all from different eras. A customized Ford Super Duty towered over the crowd, and drew a lot of attention from kids like James and Riley Pfannschmidt.

“I liked the monster truck,” James said of the truck.

“Yeah, that’s the hugest,” Riley agreed.

One of the oldest cars on display was a Lillge horseless carriage from 1904, owned by Marty Seifert. The vehicle was little more than an open seat on wheels, and had a motor that needed to be started by hand.

While the car turned heads, it didn’t have the smoothest ride, Seifert said.

“You can feel every crack and bump in the road,” he said.

While most visitors at the show had a favorite nostalgic car, some were also impressed by custom projects or rarities. Dave Voth and Brian Stuedemann stopped to snap a picture of a 1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler. “There were only a couple thousand of them,” Voth said. He said he first saw the Spoiler as it was being driven to the show the earlier.

“When I saw it coming into town, I couldn’t believe it,” Voth said. “I knew what it was right away.”