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May 30, 2013

Rotary Club puts classic wheels on display

Rotary car show draws owners and fans

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It’s also a family affair as his wife, Jeanne, son Thomas, 9, and daughter Jessica, 10, came along for the show.

“He picked me up the first time (after we met) in a 1973 TransAm,” Jeanne recalled. “At that time, I also had a 1966 Mustang.”

Rotarian Bill Basler said the show often brings back fond memories of a first car, a parents’ car or one that someone always dreamed of owning.

“They get to remember back when they were younger,” he said.

Lois Porter brought a 1956 Ford Thunderbird from Franklin. She and her husband, Bill, spent about 20 years on the car’s restoration to get it as close to the original detail as possible.

“We didn’t know anything about cars,” she said. “Bill saw this and said he wasn’t going to buy it, then he came home with it one day on a flatbed.”

Porter said she loves to attend car shows and cruise nights, and meet others with similar interests in the classics.

“Our kids are all grown and out of the house,” she said. “I like to get out and meet new people.”

Trophies were given at the conclusion of Monday’s show for top winners in various classic categories. Proceeds from the car show support the Rotary club’s many community projects and missions on the local, national and international levels.

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