32nd Annual Center of the Nation
ALL CAR RALLY
JUNE 15, 2019 • BELLE FOURCHE
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June 15th, 2019 Herrmann Park, Belle Fourche Saturday Show N’ Shine Classes • Pre-1954 • 1955-1957 • 1958-1963 • 1964-1966 • 1967-1969 • 1970-1979
• 1980-1989 • 1990-2004 • 2005-Current • Motorcycle Class
• Trucks, Vans, SUV, Off-Road Pre-1980 • Trucks, Vans, SUV, Off-Road 1981-Current • Street Rods • Low Riders/Tuner/Imports • Rat Rods/Unfinished/Work In Progress
ALL CLASSES WILL INCLUDE STOCK & CUSTOM VEHICLES!
1 registration form per vehicle • Make copies if necessary.
ALL VEHICLES MUST REGISTER! Pre-Registration: $2000 Registration after June 1st: $2500
Name: Address: City: State: Phone: E-Mail: Year: Model: Judging Class:
Awards given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each Show N’ Shine class. Plus Iris Holst/ Faye Kennedy Memorial Best of Show Award and the Bill Schwender Memorial Long Distance Award.
Saturday, June 15th Show N’ Shine • Herrmann Park, Belle Fourche Vendor Booths, Vehicle Displays & Children’s Activities Food & beverage vendors on site
8:00-10:00 am Show N’ Shine Registration 10:00-3:00 pm Show N’ Shine Main Event 10:00-Noon Registered Participants Judging of Show ‘N Shine Event 10:00-3:00 pm Kids Hot Wheels Drag Race FREE Ages 12 & under 3:00-4:00 pm Awards Ceremony & Photos of Winners for next year’s ACR Newsletter
Pre-Registration: $2000 / After June 1st: $2500 Rain or Shine ~ No Refunds For more information call Sam Silacci at 605-210-2013 or e-mail email@example.com
Mail Registration & Check/Money Order to: Center of the Nation All Car Rally, PO Box 41, Belle Fourche, SD 57717 Page 2, Center of the Nation All Car Rally 2019
Attention: All Car Rally Participants Please look for your Voting Booklets in your Registration Bags. All judging is done by registered participants only. One (1) class per vehicle. Car drivers are reminded to behave in a sportsmanlike manner, participants may be responsible for any damage done to the park. No bicycles allowed in Herrmann Park. Section 12.32.102. Animals are prohibited in any city park during city authorized events. This section shall not apply to service dogs used by law enforcement, disabled or visually handicapped. Center of the Nation All Car Rally committee is not responsible or liable for participants property damage, accidents or injuries occurred during the event.
os by Alex Portal
I would like to welcome everyone to our 32nd annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally. With the huge success of last year’s show, we expect this year to be even bigger. Our vendors and activities make it fun for all ages. Make sure and save the date to check out one of the area’s premier car show events. The Center of the Nation All Car Rally Committee truly appreciates the support for all of those who have participated or volunteered at our events. We look forward to another great year of giving back to our community for 2019. Thanks for your support! Sam Silacci Center of the Nation All Car Rally Chairman
OFFICIAL ALL CAR RALLY PROGRAM is produced by the Black Hills Pioneer in conjunction with the All Car Rally committee 315 Seaton Circle, Spearfish, SD 57783 • (800) 676-2761 www.bhpioneer.com Letitia Lister, publisher Mark Watson, managing editor Sona O’Connell, advertising manager Katie Hartnell, project design The publisher will not be responsible or liable for misprints, misinformation or typographic errors herein contained. Publisher also reserves the right to refuse any advertising deemed not to be in the best interest of the publication. © Copyright Black Hills Pioneer 2019
All Car Rally
Committee Sam Silacci
And… the volunteers who make the show possible! Andy Demos, Bret Allart, Bill Walker, Jason & Kari King, Chip Conner, Mike Walker, Nettie Whitted, and Sona O’Connell
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We are always looking for more volunteers. Call Sam for meeting times. 605-210-2013 Center of the Nation All Car Rally 2019, Page 3
Rick Petersonâ€™s One-off School Bus BY CODY ERTMAN BLACK HILLS PIONEER
ick Peterson, of Whitewood, has been a motorhome enthusiast for many years. In his experience with motorhomes, he noticed three recurring issues: rattling, squeaking, and shaking. Five years ago, Peterson decided that he had had enough of the excess noise and rough riding of conventional motorhomes and decided to build his own. Peterson started with a run down 1950 GMC school bus. He picked this specific model year of bus because of the clean lines and curves indicative of the 1950s. Originally, Peterson planned for a quick fix of the bus including new suspension, drivetrain, interior, and improved body work, but as all projects tend to, this one got away from him and turned into a one-off custom project.
Peterson began his complete overhaul by replacing the entire powertrain. He lifted the body off the frame and replaced the old motor and transmission on the bus with a motor and transmission from a diesel pusher motorhome. Since the new setup powers from the rear of the vehicle, Peterson had to reframe and cut out part of the rear end to make the new power plant fit. He also replaced the rear suspension on the bus with the rear suspension from the same motorhome, in order to support the new rear weight. A welder by trade, Peterson custom fabricated practically every body part on his bus. The only original sheet metal remaining is the skin on the roof. Peterson had to rebuild the frame from the rear forward in order to accommodate the new engine and
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transmission. He then swapped out the old front suspension in favor of an air ride
Pioneer photos by Alex Portal
suspension from a Dodge one-ton dually pickup, which had to be refabricated and narrowed to fit. Other parts Peterson fabricated are the standout one-piece curved door, the reframed windows, and reframed interior. To top off the classic styling of the bus, Peterson replaced the front end with a 1950 Chevrolet truck front end, a tribute to his childhood memories of the Chevy trucks he grew up with on a Minnesota farm. When it came to the interior work, Peterson brought in some assistance from All City Customz in Rapid City. All City Customz fashioned the custom couches and the rear beds. Rick also brought in Big Sky Upholstery to reupholster the ceiling. He also enlisted the help of Brad Obermiller to do the woodwork in the bathroom and the wood trim throughout the interior. After the collective effort, the interior is a thing of beauty that now features a bathroom with a shower, hot water, rear beds, custom couches, a TV, and remotecontrol storage doors. Electrical needs
are handled by a diesel generator under the hood, and everything electrical is controlled from an iPad mounted to the dash. Upon completion last summer, Peterson has been driving his one-off bus everywhere. He built it with the intent of driving it. He didn’t want a trailer queen, he wanted something he can hop in and drive across the country while pulling his 30-foot enclosed trailer behind him. In fact, Peterson put over 9,000 miles on his bus last summer. Peterson is absolutely thrilled with the ride and is excited that he never has to put up with the rattling, shaking, or squeaking again. He plans on continuing to drive his bus everywhere, including local car shows such as Kool Deadwood Nights and the Center of the Nation All Car Rally. Every show he attends and everywhere he drives to people come up to him to compliment him on his one-of-a-kind bus, something that Peterson claims makes all the struggles of the build worth it.
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Callie Peterson’s Rare Hudson Pickup
BY CODY ERTMAN BLACK HILLS PIONEER
allie Peterson and her husband Bruce are classic car/truck people to the core. At their home outside of Belle Fourche, is a very large collection of classic cars, but Callie’s personal ride, a rare 1947 Hudson Big Boy pickup, holds a special status for both of them. Eighteen years ago, while up in the Black Hills visiting relatives, Callie saw a Hudson pickup from across the street and immediately fell in love with it. She searched high and low for the owner of the pickup with the intent to make an offer to purchase, but with no luck. A few years later, Callie and Bruce relocated to South Dakota from their home in California. All that time, Callie’s interest in the long and low Hudson pickup style never faded, but because of the
rarity of Hudson pickups, she was never able to find one for sale with the particular styling she wanted. A couple years ago, Bruce found a clean-looking 1947 Hudson pickup online for sale in Kansas. Without hesitation, he and Callie bought it and transported it back home. Bruce immediately began with the rebuild and soon noticed that the clean body work from a previous restore was not as clean
as it appeared. Bruce realized that the pickup was more Bondo than sheet metal. Bruce enlisted the aid of Danny Angel at A&H Customs in California to help bring the body back to its original glory and specifications. Bruce and Callie made several trips down to California to help with the body rebuild when they could. After the complete body overhaul, Bruce began work on
the drivetrain, cosmetic touches, and accessories. Bruce removed the old transmission and inline-6 motor and replaced it with a more practical 240 cubic inch motor and four-speed tranny from an ’86 Ford pickup. Bruce also installed a Holley carburetor and paint detailed the engine to add a
certain “wow factor” for anyone looking under the hood. Bruce added white-wall tires from Coker to complete the classic pickup look. Sew Cool Customs in Piedmont, reupholstered the original seat to match the custom wood interior work Bruce had done. That attention-grabbing red paint is PPG 2017 Lexus Matador Red and was applied by A&H Customs. Callie spent months online searching for original Hudson accessories to add to her pride and joy. After three long months of searching, she was able to find an elusive Hudson hood emblem. She attributes the difficulty in finding original parts to the fact that Hudson only built 2,917 of the 1947 model year pickups. Despite the rarity of original parts, Callie was able to hunt down a rebuilt original Hudson tube radio and most of the rubber seals and accessories. Callie’s Hudson Big Boy was completed fifteen months after the rebuild began. Callie and Bruce celebrated the completion of the pickup by taking it to car shows all across the nation. Callie’s pickup won many titles and received overwhelmingly positive reviews by everyone viewing the pickup. The pickup even won the Custom Rod Pickup class at the Grand National show in California last year, an immense achievement both Callie and Bruce are very proud of. Callie plans on hitting a few of the local car shows in the coming season, but more than anything, she wants to get out and drive her pickup as often as possible and enjoy the pickup she has always wanted.
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32nd All Car Rally Proceeds to Benefit CTE Scholarships BY LACEY PETERSON BLACK HILLS PIONEER
roceeds from this year’s 32nd All Car Rally are set to benefit Belle Fourche Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. Cherie Coleman, All Car Rally committee treasurer, said that each year the committee donates the annual event’s proceeds to a local group or organization that benefits the community, especially child-related organizations. “We are always trying to do something that is kid related,
something that benefits kids,” she said. Last year, she said, the group donated to the Belle Fourche Ministerial Association. “Things that helped them with activities that they’re doing fundraising for,” she said. Coleman said the idea stemmed from a presentation Belle Fourche School District Superintendent Steve Willard gave to the Belle Fourche Leadership
Class last year about the importance of CTE. “And one of the things that he had said was the kids that can get credits for going to technical education schools. $2,100, he said, would have covered all the kids that couldn’t afford their credits last year,” Coleman said. “And I thought, you know, that would be such a car guy thing to do. It benefits the kids, and it benefits the kids that are maybe more oriented toward automotive things anyway.” She said Willard told her that some students decide to not take a CTE course because their family can’t afford to pay for the dual credit courses. “And I thought that was just
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really sad; that there’s a skill that they could have there, something that could benefit them going forward, but because they don’t have the (money) for it, they’ll take a study hall or do something else,” she said. “That’s too bad.” Willard said that the high school offers dual credit courses through Western Dakota Tech (WDT). The technical education school requires a minimum number of students enrolled into a dual credit course. However, Willard said, if there are a group of 10 students that would like to take a dual credit course but only seven can afford to pay the $150 for the three-credit course, WDT would not offer the course. “So the seven students who could pay will not be able to pay for and gain the dual credit,” he said. “If we could scholarship all 10 of them, the course could be offered and credit to WDT.” The committee recently toured the CTE building in Belle Fourche to learn more about how their donation could benefit students in the Belle Fourche area. “I don’t think we can come up with $2,100, by any means, but I think we can help get them started,” Coleman said. The money the committee donates is gathered in the form of contestant entrance and vendor fees collected during the annual car show.
“Dr. Willard is so amazingly encouraging when you hear him talk about the possibilities that they have there,” she said. “The more kids they can get in them, the better off the CTE program can grow at this point.” Willard thanked the committee for considering the donation to benefit Belle Fourche CTE students. “I believe it is fantastic that the All Car Rally Committee is donating proceeds to CTE scholarships for dual credit classes in Belle Fourche,” he said. “This will definitely help students launch their future careers.”
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Todd’s Turn-Key Pontiac Tempest BY CODY ERTMAN BLACK HILLS PIONEER
orn and raised a gear head, Todd Collins of Belle Fourche, was always surrounded by cars and car people. His father and brother instilled a love for performance vehicles in Collins at a young age, something that he still holds on to these days. Collins owns a septic and drain cleaning business that keeps him remarkably busy, so he doesn’t have a whole lot of time for hobbies, but that hasn’t stopped him from leading the life of a dedicated carenthusiast. He and his wife Sheilagh hit up car shows in the Black Hills area and attend as many Cars and
Coffee events as they can. Sheilagh has a supercharged Mini Cooper to roll around in, and Todd’s pride and joy is his 1965 Pontiac Tempest. This Tempest is new to Todd, who has owned it a little over a year. As busy as he was, Collins wanted to buy a turn-key classic car already completed. After some searching, Collins came across the Tempest for sale, amusingly enough by a man living in Pontiac, Mich. Collins purchased the car practically sightunseen. The history of Collins’ Tempest before he purchased it is a storied one to say the least. The man who
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sold the Tempest to Collins had owned it for 25 years, and he had used it the majority of that time as a drag car. In fact, the car was the winningest car at the Pontiac Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. After many years, the previous owner retired it from the drag strip in 2009 and rebuilt it into what it is today. The Tempest is powered by an impressive 455 cubic inch motor and a turbo 400 transmission. The car is now detuned from its drag racing specs, but Collins claims the car still has more than enough power. The Tempest still features
the lower gearing of a drag car, so it isn’t really meant to be an everyday driver, but Todd and his wife have no problems driving it all over the Hills anyway. Some of Collins’ favorite aspects of his Tempest are the aggressive stance, the drivability, the power, and the 2008 Ford Mustang Frost paint scheme that immediately grabs the attention of onlookers. Speaking of onlookers, Collins’ Tempest draws a crowd wherever he takes it, whether it’s a car show or local coffee shop. Collins attributes the attention he gets to the fact that the Pontiac Tempest is an overlooked car in a lot of ways, and that they aren’t all that common. People often mistake it for a GTO, and Collins even refers to it as a “wannabe GTO” because of its similar styling. The previous owner even furthered this misconception, or perhaps embraced it, by slapping a few GTO emblems on the Tempest. Collins put 1,900 miles on his Tempest last summer and hopes to put even more than that on this summer. He has bought and sold a lot of cars through the years, but this is the first car that Collins can’t imagine selling. Cars are the source of fun for this swamped business owner, and he has finally found the one car that he can’t imagine being without.
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Pre-1954 1st Place: Callie & Bruce Peterson, 1947 Hudson “Big Boy” Pickup 2nd Place: Gary Denker, 1949 Ford F1 3rd Place: Larry & Kathy Johnson, 1942 Chevy 2 Door
1955-1957 1st Place: Mark & Kathy Johnston, 1956 Chevy Nomad 2nd Place: Mike Ladner, 1957 Pontiac Safari Wagon 3rd Place: Warren Pfenning, 1956 Chevy Bel Air
1958-63 1st Place: Mark Burgad, 1963 Chevy Corvette 2nd Place: Tom Bradsky, 1961 Lincoln Cont Convertible 3rd Place: Sean Clark, 1958 Chevy Impala
1964-1966 1st Place: Russ & Becky Peacok, 1964 Galaxie 500 XL 2nd Place: Layton Lensegrav, 1965 Pontiac GTO 3rd Place: Michael Derry, 1966 Mustang
1967-1969 1st Place: Kelli McFarland, 1969 Dodge Charger 2nd Place: Jeff Schild, 1967 Pontiac GTO 3rd Place: Gene Tenold, 1969 Dodge SuperBee
1970-1979 1st Place: Les Loos, 1971 Dodge Demon 2nd Place: Zack Tope, 1971 Ford Mustang 3rd Place: Randy Beck, 1979 Pontiac TransAm
1980-1989 1st Place: Bret & Susan Allart, 1980 Chevrolet Camaro 2nd Place: John Dvorak, 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT
1990-2004 1st Place: Tim Hickman, 2001 Z06 Corvette 2nd Place: Zack Tope, 1997 Jaguar N6 3rd Place: Todd & Kelli Leitner, 1991 Ford Mustang
2005-Current 1st Place: Lowell Amiote, 2012 Chevy Camaro 2nd Place: Melissa Kraft, 2006 Mustang GT 3rd Place: Ronald Lee, 2012 Dodge Charger R/T Max
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Pre-1980 Truck, Van, SUV & Off-Road 1st Place: Larry Reuppel, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 Chevy C10 Pickup 2nd Place: Mark Zauar, 1972 Intl Harvester Scount II 3rd Place: Bret Allart, 1979 Chevrolet EL Camino
1981-Current Truck, Van, SUV & Off-Road 1st Place: Jim Nelson, 2008 GMC Denali 2nd Place: Ryan Tripp, 2012 Polaris RZR 900 3rd Place: Lou & Jan Huffman, 1991 Jeep Comanche
Street Rod 1st Place: Rick Peterson, 1950 Chevy School Bus 2nd Place: Jim Statham, 1941 WIllys Coupe 3rd Place: Glen & Russanne Ellerton, 1930 Ford
Tuner/Import/Low Riders 1st Place: Randy Vandever, 2006 Mercedes Benz SLK 2nd Place: Chad Maxon, 1995 BMW 325i
Rat Rod/Work In Progress 1st Place: Don Simmons, 2018 GM Assembled Sedan 2nd Place: Darin Pedneau, 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 3rd Place: Garald Tomac, 1939 Ford Pickup
Motorcycles 1st Place: Cody Kellem, 2000 Confederate 2nd Place: Jeff Lenards, 2012 Harley Street Glide 3rd Place: Backyard Bobbers, 2004 Yamaha Classic
Long Distance Trophy 2018 Bill Schwender Memorial Tim Hickman, Great Falls, MT 2001 Chevrolet Z06 Corvett
Best of Show Rick Peterson, Spearfish, SD 1950 Chevy School Bus
Mark Zallar’s Propane Powered Scout II BY CODY ERTMAN BLACK HILLS PIONEER
ars are fun” is the maxim that Mark Zallar lives by. He believes that cars should be more than just a means of transportation, and that they should actually be a major source of joy in a person’s life. Zallar is president of Counts of the Cobblestone Car Club in Black Hawk, and the club’s whole purpose is to celebrate the fun that can be had with classic cars. Zallar tries to live up to his “cars are fun” adage every day through his 1972 International Harvester Scout II. Zallar and his Scout II have some history to be sure. He purchased the Scout in 1985 down in Phoenix, Ariz. He drove it in its stock configuration for several years, taking it on the trails every chance he could. Zallar then moved up to South Dakota. Soon after, a marriage and children followed. While Zallar was thrilled to start a family, his Scout was put on the
back burner and sat collecting dust for years. Fast forward to 25 years ago, Zallar decided to rebuild his Scout into something more fun and more unique. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the build was Zallar’s decision to convert it to propane fuel. He placed a very large propane tank in the rear of the Scout and surrounded it with a walnut box, which he custom built himself. In order to handle the hotter temperatures of a propane powered engine, Zallar enlisted the services of All Pro Machine in Rapid City. All Pro Machine reworked the 345 cubic inch engine in order to handle the increased heat. With the propane conversion complete, Zallar’s Scout burns much cleaner than other fuel sources, an aspect that he loves about his Scout. Zallar wanted to make sure he would be able to ride his Scout anywhere he wanted without issue,
so he tore it down and replaced nearly every mechanical part. He then rewired the whole thing and installed a sound system that rivals even the most enthusiastic audiophile. Zallar built a large, custom wooden box in the rear to house four speakers and built two smaller boxes on the sides to house two speakers. To power the system, Zallar installed two amplifiers to ensure that each speaker receives 100 watts of power. That eye-catching paint job was laid down by Rick’s Body Shop, Rapid City. Zallar decided to go with the blue flames as an homage to his propane powered vehicle, because when dealing with propane, blue flames are good and orange flames are bad. Zallar loves taking his Scout to car shows because people always come up to him and share a memory of
a Scout that they used to have or a family member used to have. Zallar has the only Scout at every car show he goes to, so the crowd response to his vehicle is always positive. Zallar makes the local car show circuit every year and plans on doing the same this year. In addition to attending car shows, Zallar drives his Scout as much as possible and still takes it out four wheeling. Every year, Zallar gets his trail pass and tears up the trails throughout the Black Hills with the rag top down. His project is never finished, however, and he plans on adding a few more accessories to it, including a propane flamethrower out of the exhaust. Cars are fun to Zallar, and you better believe he will keep making his Scout more fun and keep enjoying it for as long as he possibly can.
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Russ and Becky Peacock’s Second Chance at a Galaxie BY CODY ERTMAN BLACK HILLS PIONEER
he first vehicle a couple owns when they’re first married tends to hold a special place in the couple’s history. For Russ Peacock and his wife Becky, that vehicle was a 1964 Ford Galaxie. In need of a truck for work and not having the finances for two outfits at that time, Russ and Becky sold their Galaxie and replaced it with a work truck. It hurt them both to be selling a car they loved so much, but they vowed that one day they would buy one like it again. Later in their marriage when they were ready for their Ford Galaxie back, they searched several years for the exact car they used to own. Unsuccessful in this pursuit, they did not lose hope in owning a Galaxie again one day. In 2017, Russ found a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL for sale
in California. Being so similar in appearance to their first Galaxie, Russ and Becky were immediately interested in the car. After some talking back and forth with the owner and the engine builder, Russ and Becky purchased the Galaxie and had it shipped to their home in Bison. While it may look very similar to the Peacocks’ original Galaxie, this car contains all the bells and whistles that their original Galaxie did not have. The ’64 Galaxie came standard with a 390 cubic inch engine. The Peacocks Galaxie 500 XL has a monster 521 cubic inch stroker engine built by Proformance Unlimited out of New Jersey. This massive engine is rated at an impressive 650 horsepower and
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features Edelbrock heads and intake as well as an 850 Holley carburetor. In addition to the impressive power house, the Galaxie 500 XL includes many modern amenities not normally seen on classic cars including a tilt steering column, air conditioning, Pioneer stereo system with navigation system, backup cameras, electric exhaust cutouts, and Wilwood disc brakes. Another modern touch that caught Russ’ eye on this build was the automatic transmission built by ATO Performance Transmissions, which Becky to prefers over the original four-speed manual. Russ and Becky absolutely love to show off their new pride and joy. If there is a car show in the area, you better believe you will hear the roar of Russ and Becky’s Galaxie
pulling into the show. Russ always draws a crowd when he fires up the Galaxie at a show and lets the crowd listen to the powerful idle. He enjoys people coming up to him at car shows and sharing their own personal stories about a Ford Galaxie. Whether they owned one when they were younger or they remember their parents having one, Russ always hears an interesting story. Car lovers will be able to catch the Peacocks’ Ford Galaxie 500 XL at many local car shows this summer including the Center of the National All Car Rally. It’s not too often that married couples are reunited with their dream car and the nostalgia that comes along with it, but Russ and Becky Peacock are living and loving that dream.
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The McFarlands’ Piece of Muscle Car History BY CODY ERTMAN BLACK HILLS PIONEER
he Dodge Charger is arguably the most recognizable American muscle car. Whether it’s the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard or the jet black 1970 Charger from The Fast and the Furious, the Dodge Charger permeates the silver screen and American culture in general. Kenny and Kelli McFarland of Belle Fourche purchased this 1969 Dodge Charger four years ago with the plan of restoring it. Kenny had owned a 1969 Charger when he was in high school and found himself craving a return to his automotive roots. You would think that this nostalgia would make Kenny more selfish and want to keep the Charger all to himself, but that is not the case. Even though both Kenny and his wife Kelli
took ownership of the Charger, Kenny admits that the restoration and finished product was done for Kelli. The car appeared to be in good shape at the time of purchase, but after the McFarlands picked it up and started digging into it, they realized it was going to take more work than they initially thought. To upgrade the mechanical parts, Kenny shipped it to Watty’s Garage in Black Hawk. Kenny was able to find an engine from another ’69 Charger for sale in Las Vegas that was in much better shape than his own. Kenny purchased the engine and had it installed at Watty’s Garage as well. For the majority of the repairs, Steve Darling
of Kustomz Truck & Auto Inc. in Rapid City was chosen. Kustomz performed all the body work, paint, glass, and vinyl work. Kenny chose all the parts for the restoration. When choosing parts, Kenny tried to stick with original parts as opposed to aftermarket, but he also wanted the rideability to be more modern. To achieve this, disc brakes were added on the front and an upgraded steering box was installed for smoother turning. The seats are what was in the Charger when the McFarlands purchased it, but the rest of the interior has been redone into a classic two-tone tan. The paint scheme was critical to the McFarlands. They wanted a clean and classic look similar to what a Charger would have looked like coming off the assembly line in 1969. They decided on a medium bright green paint with a tan top. The green they chose is about a shade darker than what would have been hoto used originally, but this color P sy e rt u o
combo is very similar to what a new Charger would have looked like in the late 60s. Kelli has taken the Charger to many shows since the restoration was completed. It has seen a lot of success at these shows, and most recently it was awarded sixth place at the Counts Car Show in February. It has also done well at the Spearfish show, the All Car Rally in Belle Fourche, and Kool Deadwood Nights in Deadwood. Car shows are where the McFarlands feel at home. They enjoy the social aspect of talking with other likeminded people, and of course they enjoy all of the compliments they get on their ’69 Charger. Whether it’s going on a long Sunday drive over to Devils Tower or a short ride over to a local car show, the McFarlands will be taking their Charger there this summer. They plan to drive it as much as possible in the coming months and to enjoy every minute with their piece of American muscle car history.
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This is the perfect vending space for car clubs, non-profit groups, car related businesses or youth groups. The All Car Rally committee is looking for vendors for this year’s show. Reach car enthusiasts at the 32nd Annual All Car Rally, June 15th, Herrmann Park, Belle Fourche. Anyone interested in participating can contact Sam Silacci 605-210-2013.
LODGING The 2018 Center of the Nation All Car Rally was a huge success but without the interest & support from local sponsors & the community it just wouldn’t be possible. So we would like the Thank You all…
Plains Towing & Recovery Bunney’s Body & Collision Sturdevant’s Auto Parts Tim Speidel Business & Tax Service Hersruds of Belle Fourche Belle Auto Sales Cory’s Tire Factory Hidden Cave
Joe Dirt Septic & Drain Carl’s Trailer Sales Pioneer Bank & Trust Rails Auto Body E.T. Sports First Interstate Bank West Tire & Alignment Bickle’s Truck Service Scott Peterson Motors
Again we thank you for your generous donations to the Center of the Nation All Car Rally and we look forward to working with you in the years to come!
The Center of the Nation All Car Rally Committee
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B E L L E F O U R C H E
Ace Motel ...................................... 605.892.2612 AmericInn Lodge & Suites ............ 605.892.0900 Besler’s Cadillac Ranch .................. 605.391.6791 Crow Creek Guest Ranch .............. 605.892.6961 Econo Lodge .................................. 605.892.6663 Kings Inn ........................................ 605.892.2691 Reid Motel ..................................... 605.892.2521 Riverside Cmpgd. .......................... 605.892.6446 Rocky Point Rec. Area ................... 605.641.0023 Scoot Inn ........................................ 605.892.2660 Sunset Motel & RV Park................ 605.892.2508 Super 8 Motel ................................ 605.892.3361 Wyatt’s Hideaway Cmpgd. ........... 605.892.0600
Plan to spend a fun-filled weekend in friendly Belle Fourche!
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Marine/Automotive Interiors • Vinyl and Convertible Tops Custom-fit Covers for your Boat/Pontoon, Equipment, Outdoor/Recreational Items, etc. Seat Repairs
Scott Miller, Owner • 605-399-3915 • Scott@BigSkyUpholstery.com 131 S. Ellsworth Road, Box Elder, SD 57719 3
Belle Package Liquor Store City of Belle Fourche
Show N’ Shine Herrmann Park
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Monday-Thursday........ 9-9 Friday-Saturday............ 9-10 Sunday......................... 10-7
1845 5th Avenue Belle Fourche, SD 57717 605-892-4125 • email@example.com www.bellefourche.org/lqstore
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If you like
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Dakotamart Pride Beef! For the Best Smoked Sausage & Cheese Selection, stop in at Lynn’s.
Custer • Faith • Lead • Martin • Fort Thompson • Sturgis Hot Springs • Pierre • Fort Pierre
American West Restaurant
Patty’s Place Café & Coffee Shop
Grap’s Burgers & Brews Branding Iron Steakhouse & Social Club
Stadium Sports Grill
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CBH Deli & Subway
The Green Bean Coffeehouse
Belle Fourche ~ 600 National St.
Your Hometown Neighborhood Market!
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Ace Motel AmericInn Lodge & Suites Besler’s Cadillac Ranch Crow Creek Guest Ranch Econo Lodge Kings Inn Reid Motel
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Riverside Campground Rocky Point Recreation Area Scoot Inn Sunset Motel & RV Park Super 8 Motel Wyatt’s Hideaway Campground
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This year's guide to the annual event in Belle Fourche.