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LaborFest Car Show a Big Draw

Ontonagon - September 6, 2009

It has been one year ago today that the horrific fire destroyed many buildings in downtown Ontonagon. But yesterday the empty space was barely noticed by the hundreds of visitors viewing the great cars that made up this year's car show. As usual there were many, many terrific cars in the show for all to see and enjoy.

The owner's of nearly eighty cars brought their classic cars to the Ontonagon LaborFest Car Show. Cars from six Michigan and four Wisconsin counties were represented in this year's show. Les Thieme from Sturgiss, Michigan drove 550 miles to enter the show and as a result won a gas card for the further traveled award.


But in the end, all eyes were focused on the People's Choice entry. This year that would be the amazing 1938 Chevrolet Panel Truck owned by Rick Tippett from Ironwood, Michigan. Rick took home the 2009 "Best of Show Trophy" for awesome truck. Rick also won a first place trophy for his car in class.
Rick has been winning lots of trophies since his car made it's first showing. It is without a doubt "special" .

The beautiful paint on the Chevy was laid down by Riverside Auto in Eagle River, Wisconsin and the eye catching murals on the side panels are the creation of Raven Auto in Champion, Michigan.
The appeal of Rick's Chevy doesn't stop on the outside. Inside, included in the beautiful custom interior is a Home Theatre, including stereo, a large screen TV and two DVD players where you can watch a slide show of Rick's ground up restoration. Restoration is hardly the word for this great custom vehicle.

Congatulations Rick!
above - Rick receives the "Best of Show" Trophy.

Rick told us "win or not, It's great to come to the show  and take a day off from work".

Slideshow - 2009 Ontonagon Car Show
Class and Position Winners Names Winning Car
Class A - 1st Place Kalvin Kastano and Janet Raymond 1923 Model T
Class A - 2nd Place Jerry Johns 1931 Model A
Class A - 3rd Place Dan Shamion 1956 Chevy Bel Aire
Class  B - 1st Place Tom Teliin 1967 Pontiac GTO
Class  B -  2nd Place Kalvin Kastano and Janet Raymond 1963 Cadillac
Class  B - 3rd Place Joe Dudra 1972 Chevelle
Class C - 1st Place Tom Jakiem 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi
Class  C - 2nd Place Donny Ison 1982 Camero Z-28
Class C  - 3rd Place Robert O'Brien, Sr. 1968 Chevrolet Malibu
Class  D - 1st Place John Kangas 1947 Plymouth Coupe
Class  D -  2nd Place Louis Moseler, Jr. 1947 Plymouth Coupe
Class  D - 3rd Place John Westernan 1929 Model A
Class  E - 1st Place Chris Crukovich 1954 Chevrolet 210
Class  E -  2nd Place Keido Klobuchur 1957 Chevrolet Bel Aire
Class  E - 3rd Place Mark Taavola 1967 Pontiac Firebird
Class  F - 1st Place Mel and Ellen Carlson 1971 Plymouth Scamp
Class  F-  2nd Place Tom and Sharon Laabs 1974 Plymouth Barracuda
Class  F- 3rd Place Jerry Shuber 1973 Chevrolet Nova
Class G - 1st Place Linda Heinonen 1995 Chevrolet Corvette
Class G -  2nd Place Bob Thompson 1967 Ford Mustang
Class  G - 3rd Place Eric Lindstrom 2004 Pontiac GTO
Class  H - 1st Place Rick Tippett 1938 Chevrolet Panel Truck
Class  H -  2nd Place Kalvin Kastano and Janet Raymond 1956 Ford Customliner
Class  H - 3rd Place Rosie Eskola 1964 VW Beatle
Class  I - 1st Place Don Peterson 2007 Home Made truck the "TOY"
Class  I -  2nd Place Brian and Marianne Berghefer 1955 Chevrolet P/U
Class  I - 3rd Place Tom and Tina Immonen 1991 Dodge Dakota
Class  J - 1st Place Jack Burkovich 1963 Ford Galaxie
Class  J - 2nd Place Lonnie Naasko 1973 Plymouth Roadrunner
Class  J - 3rd Place Todd Borke 2006 Ford Mustang
Class  K  - 1st Place Gary Eskola 2009 Harley Trike
Class  K - 2nd Place Ashley and Samantha Moesler Snowmobile
Class  K- 3rd Place Steve Lindsrom 2005 Harley

Photo Gallery of 2009 Laborfest Car Show

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