Roger Sims, Journal Staff
Blue Mound car show draws enthusiasts despite weather
Cars and trucks line Main Street in Blue Mound for the annual Blue Mound Blessing Car Show on Saturday. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)
BLUE MOUND – Despite cold temperatures and a stiff northerly breeze, The Blue Mound Blessing Car Show drew 88 entries and dozens of spectators and car enthusiasts on Saturday, April 16.
Set along Main Street with a sound track of classic rock and the announcement of prizes won, the show featured a wide variety of rides from motorcycles to beautiful rebuilds to newer sport models to old pickups to works-in-progress.
Because of the colder than expected temperatures, many of the owners chose to sit in their rides instead of lawn chairs, but they were all willing to talk about their vehicles.
Drake Thomas of Pleasanton took his modified 1949 Chevy coupe with three-speed overdrive to the show. A previous owner wanted a pickup but couldn't afford one, Thomas said. So he cut the back top off the coupe, welded sheet metal to enclose the cab behind the front seats, and slapped a chrome El Camino plate behind the front wheel for good measure. Thomas said he put on dual intakes and dual exhausts on the car and plans to continue working on it. Despite the unusual modifications, Thomas said he loves the car and won't every sell it.