Attendance up for Knucklebusters Car Show

Sheree Silverwood/Times Record Reporter
John and Linda Madsen's 1950 Chevy Fleetline won Best of Show

The Knucklebusters Car Club of Aledo couldn't have asked for a better day to hold the Antique Days car show. The beautiful weather, with no rain forecast, brought out a record number of antique cars, hot rods and street machines. The final count was 285 cars filling the streets of downtown Aledo, in colors from lime green to pearlescent purple, and everything in between.

Contestants' names were drawn for a multitude of door prizes throughout the day, and three large drawings were held directly before the awards ceremony. The large door prizes were a GM 350 Turbo transmission donated by RC Automotive in Aledo, an engine stand, and a "car show kit" consisting of an EZ-Up canopy, two chairs and a cooler - quite handy for regular car show attendees.

All of the plaques for the Top 50 awards were sponsored by Frontier Communications and the Aledo McDonalds. After the Top 50 plaques were handed out, the Jack Doherty Memorial Award was presented. The winner this year was Don Johnson of Moline, with his beautiful 1949 Mercury 2-door. Next was the People's Choice Award, sponsored by Quality Plus. The votes of competitors and spectators were all combined, and when the results were tallied, the winner was Bob Blum of Wellman, Iowa with his stunning 1941 Willys Gasser. Sponsored by BMS Manufacturing, Best in Show was awarded to the gorgeous 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline owned by John and Linda Madsen of Rock Island. Finally, the winner of the 50/50 drawing was announced, and a very happy Bruce Coutant of Aledo was the winner of $482.

The Knucklebusters stated that they were extremely pleased with the large turnout for the show, and hope that next year is even bigger.