Center of the Nation rally draws full spectrum of cars

2013-06-19T16:30:00Z Center of the Nation rally draws full spectrum of carsMilo Dailey Butte County Post staff Rapid City Journal

Belle Fourche and the Tri-State area may be best known for horses, but iron horsepower quickly became popular transportation and, in the 1950s and '60s, an opportunity for a spring or summer evening cruise on main streets

Even 26 years ago, that brought enough nostalgia for those days of low-stress days when the breeze of an evening drive was a relief from non-air conditioned homes and work places.

This year's rally featured a Friday evening informal show, complete to live music and a burnout exhibition at Scott Peterson Motors.

Many of the hotter-engine cars were on hand for the evening as the exhibitors and guests got a preview of show vehicles.

Saturday's event kept the tradition of a show offering cars, light trucks and even motorcycles that bring above average interest.

Music from the Herrmann Park band shell helped open the show as the Black Hills Roundup held its second annual contest to find a singer to perform the national anthem at the three PRCA rodeos during the Roundup.

When that closed, the sound system returned to "oldies" from the pre-air-conditioned and low-cost gasoline when an evening cruise in the car was literally a cool thing to do.

Belle Fourche firefighters showed one side of their duties at vehicle accidents with a demonstration of literally cutting a car apart.

South Dakota Highway Patrol, local police and Butte County Sheriff's officers clustered around the patrol's seat belt rollover simulator. Trooper Jon Deuter of Faith spun the car to show what would happen to a person with and without a seat belt if his car takes a tumble.

Trophies were basically selected by the exhibitors themselves in divisions that ran from pre-World War I horseless carriages up to high-powered sports and muscle cars with horsepower undreamed of even as the auto became the favored area transportation.

Best of show went to Justin and Tammy Durand for their 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda that also took the 1970-79 division.

Ron Ressman and his 2002 Ford Mustang convertible took the plaque for registered exhibitor coming the greatest distance.

Other trophy winners, first through third place, include:

Pre 1950: Ivan Policky, 1915 Ford Model T; Larry and Kathy Johnson, 1949 International pickup; Ed Petraneck, 1931 Model A.

1950-1959: Penny Ladner, 1955 Buick Century; Joe Bahr, 1957 Chevy Corvette; Ellis Tripp, 1956 Rambler Hudson Custom.

1960-1963: 862 Jim & Kathy Statham, 1961 Pontac Catalina; Kylie Bidwell, 1963 Ford Fairlane; Steve Thorson, 1961 Chevy Bubbletop.

1964-1966: Brenda Kleckman, 1965 Mercury Comet; Gerald Tomac, 1964 Ford Thunderbird; Dave Peta, 1966 Chevelle SuperSport.

1967-1969: Al and Donna Crown, 1969 Chevy Camaro; Bob and Kolby Watkins, 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner; John and Brenda Butler, 1968 Chevy Camaro SS.

1970-1979: Justin and Tammy Durand, 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda (won best of show); Randy Himle, 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS; Dean Moon, 1979 Cadillac Seville.

1980-1989: Hoot Willholte, 1984 Chevy Corvette; Ellis Tripp Jr., 1984 Ford Mustang GT; Laura Jay Hopper, 1981 Corvette Sweet 16.

1990-1999: Butch Reder, 1995 Chevy Corvette Indy Pace car; Ivan Kloefkorn, 1995 Buick Rivera; Zack Tope, 1996 Cadallac Fleetwood Limo.

2000-2004: Brandon Huppler, 2002 Ford Mustang GT Convertible; Ron Ressman, 2002 Ford Mustang Convertible; Mari Havens, 2000 Plymouth Neon.

2005- Current: Ronald Lee, 2012 Dodge Charger; Ryan Tripp, 2006 Ford Mustang GT; Bob and Denise Hill, 2011 Chevy Camaro SS Convertible.

Truck, Van, SUV & Offroad Pre 1980: Robert Aberle, 1936 International Pickup; Dennis and Vickie Bruski, 1956 Ford F100 Longbox; Matt Reiffenberger, 1954 Ford F100.

Truck, Van, SUV & Offroad 1980 and after: Andy Hoffman, 2004 Ram SRT10; Chris Delohoyde, 1990 Chevy C1500; Doug Kraft, 2001 Jeep Wrangler.

Street Rod: Dennis Cristianson, 1932 Ford 5 Window Coupe; Ben Simpson, 1932 Vicky 2 Door Sedan; Doug and Jean Larue, 1948 Ford F1 Choptop Pickup.

Tunner/Import/Low Rider: Jeremiah and Alicia Lewis, 2012 Hyundai Genesis; Zach Krueger, Honda Civic; Dustin Giroux, 1999 Honda Civic.

Rat Rod / Work in Progress: J.B. Hoffman, 1929 Ford Roadster Pickup; Robert Meeker, 1939 Dodge Business Coupe; Eric Edwards, 1967 Mercury Monterey.

Sports Car: David Allen, 1929 Mercedes Benz; Jeb Clarkson, 2008 Ford Shelby GT 500; 905 Jason Raber, 2012 Ford Mustang.

Motorcycle: Cobra Rhoden, Royal Enfield Bullet Electra with Side Car; Keith Kostelecky, 1978 1/2 Harley Davidson FLH; Dustin Giroux, 2007 Honda Ruckus.

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