Best-selling author Dan Brown once said that there’s a lot of stress … “but once you get in the car, all that goes out the window.”

At the 12th annual Blackduck Car Show on Aug. 3, organized by Brian Larson of Stretch Auto Body with the assistance of his wife Marsha and daughter Lily, the stress-free crowd simply enjoyed the hot summer day surrounded by the grace and beauty of 28 fabulously restored vehicles.

While there is no official evaluation criteria, a panel of anonymous judges chooses eight cars from among the entries to award “Best in Show” trophies, generously sponsored by Stretch Auto Body this year. There were also prizes from Northwoods Lumber and many drawings held throughout the day. A 50/50 raffle on the day was raising money for the Blackduck American Legion Post 372 Honor Guard. Music and sound are provided by Richard and Jacob Lien of Digital Jake, who donates his time, equipment and talents each year to professionalize the event and provide entertainment to exhibitors and spectators alike. The Backwoods Bash girls provide the food for the show, and all of these elements combine to make one big community event that has gotten bigger and better each year. The Blackduck Car Show is easy-going, fun, and a quality show that attracts owners and fans each year.

Bob and Renee Kopp of Tenstrike were at the show with their 1929 Chevrolet 4-door sedan which is all original except the back tires. Bob said that he just basically sandblasted it and used red oxide primer, bringing it back to its interior and exterior origins. “It still has the original blinds,” Renee said, revealing the small blinds in the sedan’s rear windows.

Brian Schlief displayed his 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme with a turbo-charged LS motor, with the mechanical work done by Jesse Keers of Hines. Brian picked up the Cutlass in Rochester with only 23,500 original miles on it with a blemish-free body.

This year’s show even featured a classic speedboat: Richard Lien’s 1977 Thompson Sidewinder from Sidewinder of Wisconsin with a 1984 Mercury 115-horsepower motor. He delivered the boat when it was fresh off the showroom floor in 1977 and then purchased it himself in 1978. The boat is unique, featuring a design that was only used one year with exterior style seating package by designer Carol George. This year, Richard towed the boat with his always popular van that features the show’s oldest original paint job, unique with fantasy mural painting. The van is 36 years old with 100,000 miles.

Jason Coborn won the 50/50 raffle.

Winners of the 12th annual Car Show trophies were:

  • Bob and Vicki Zemer’s 1955 Dodge pickup

  • Randy Ridlon’s 1955 Chevy 3100 pickup

  • Frank and Kim Farce’s 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS 396

  • Joe and Connie Gierszewski’s 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 210 2-door sedan in twilight turquoise with white roof and accented by a turquoise and white 2-tone interior, powered with a 350CI V8 engine mated to a turbo 350 automatic transmission

  • Joe Dietrich’s 1960 2-door Chevrolet Biscayne that he’s been working on for the last three years, completely restoring both the interior and exterior himself

  • Randy Ridlon of Solway’s restored 1955 Chevrolet 3100 pickup, also restored by himself, 100%, “But I’d better thank my helper,” Randy said, “my 11-year-old granddaughter Maci Kaasa”

  • Dan Visenor’s 1978 Chevy Malibu

  • Barb Lossing’s show-stopper 1962 Champaign Corvette convertible with beautiful restoration by Danny Juelson and cherry red interior.