by Gail Cole, Gazette-Times Reporter
Growing up in Albany, Benton County Commissioner Linda Modrell always had an eye for cars — and the young men who drove them.
“It didn’t matter if he was cute; all that mattered is if he had a good car,” she said.
Modrell put that longtime interest in impressive cars to good use Saturday as a judge for the Philomath Classic Car Show in Philomath City Park.
Nearly 200 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles manufactured between 1900 and 1980 vied for the top prize in 40 categories at the Philomath Chamber of Commerce’s 14th-annual event.
Scott Bay of Albany brought his classic
Mustang with a 1965 teardrop trailer replica, a display that has won him 10 awards at local car shows.
“Nobody else has the trailer,” he said.
Though it appeared compact, the 6-foot-tall Bay said he could sleep in his trailer.
Sue Thompson and her husband, Terry, of Albany brought three vehicles to the show: a flame-adorned 1951 Chevy pickup, a blue 1966 Mustang, and a 1965 kid-sized Mustang pedal car. Thompson bought the tiny Mustang on eBay, but said anyone who bought a Mustang in the mid-1960s could buy the pedal car through Ford.
The miniature Mustang wasn’t the only unique sight at their camp. A drive-in food tray-complete with a plastic hamburger-was perched on the blue car’s door. The pedal car and food tray accompany the Thompsons to the car shows they visit around the state.
“That poor hamburger has been everywhere,” Thompson said.
The Thompsons bought the Mustang nine years ago, and have pieced it back together with stock parts to make it just like it looked like when it came off the assembly line.
“This is the first car I wanted when I was growing up,” Thompson said. “Back then, my dad said no.”
While the Mustang is filled with authentic parts, the five-window modified Chevy with no trailer hitch is no longer used on a farm.
“That truck’s not hauling anything,” Thompson said.
Proceeds from the show — made up of entrants’ $20 registration fees — will go to the Philomath Chamber of Commerce, the Philomath High School drag racing team and other local nonprofit organizations.
Contact reporter Gail Cole at 541-758-9518 or at email@example.com.