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Visit for info on the show including raffle winners, photos of the Show ‘N Shine and Cruise, and to learn about our sponsors. Get the registration form on our website to learn when, where and how you can register quickly for this year’s event. We’re Social! Like us on Facebook to stay up to date with news about the Function. After the event, check our site for new photos in the Galleries, only available at Crystal Freeman of Willow Creek Creative updates and maintains our website. Crystal is a F4J board member and she loves helping each year at the event. Her web design company is online at The 4th annual Truck Function in Junction for semi-trucks and trailers is coming up on July 16, 2016 in Junction City, Oregon. Photos and details are online at Local photographer Jamie Hooper of Digital Dreams has an excellent archive of Cruise photos from years past posted online at To view this entire magazine or past issues onscreen, you can download a PDF file at

Function 4 Junction Board of Directors

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Randy Thom Vice President Cindy Alley Secretary Kari Rae Treasurer

Chris Brown Jack Brown Crystal Freeman Barb Gonzales Shavelle Hardman Gary Jones Corrie Lucas Scott McKinley Shannon McKinley Dennis Rowe


What you need to know to enter the Cruise or Show

Saturday, June 4, 2016 Hours: The Show ‘N Shine is held from 8am until 4pm. The Cruise runs from 6pm until 9pm. Awards ceremony is at 3pm and raffle winners are announced at 3:30pm at the booth on 6th Ave. and Greenwood St. Registration: Open from 8am until 7pm in downtown Junction City on Greenwood St. between 4th Ave. and 5th Ave. Pre-registration is now available through May 14, 2016. After May 14, registration forms must be filled out on the day of the event - no exceptions. Drivers must be licensed and must present vehicle registration for proof of eligibility. Eligibility: In the Show ‘N Shine, all makes and models are invited! In the Cruise, vehicles must be 1974 and older. Sorry, but no 4-wheel drive vehicles and no motorcycles are allowed in the Cruise. Event Rules: All local laws will be enforced. While cruising you must follow all traffic laws, including all traffic lights. No breaking traction, no hydraulics and no open exhaust during the Cruise is allowed. All passengers must remain seated. If any rules are violated, you are at risk of being kicked out of the cruise and may be ticketed by law enforcement.

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Welcome to the Function 4 Junction

he biggest car show in the Southern Willamette Valley grew a little bigger once again in 2015 as more than 400 cars parked downtown during the Show ‘N Shine and at least 800 rolled the streets in the Cruise. We added another city block to the Show venue to make room for all those new entries, and we’re prepared to expand a little more again this year if needed. It’s our hard-working volunteer crews who make this all possible. Volunteers control traffic and parking, they operate barricades, provide information and register the vehicles. Board members and volunteers sell raffle tickets and distribute this free magazine in the month before the Function; they set everything

up on the morning of the event; they judge the Show ‘N Shine entries and they even clean up the downtown streets afterwards. The local business community plays a huge part in making the event possible by advertising in this magazine and by contributing a wide range of goods and services that is too long to list here. Their commitment helps make the Function a safe, fun and successful day for everyone. A special thanks goes out to Jeff Prociw of the state Transportation Dept.; Jennifer Paugh with the county Public Works Dept.; Junction City planner Jordan Cogburn;

and the crew at the city’s Public Works department. They make sure we are in compliance with all rules involved in staging an event of this size. The Junction City Police Department and Chief Mark Chase have always supported the Function. They keep the event safe for 15,000 folks, more or less, who spend at least part of their day in Junction City enjoying what has become one of the most popular car shows in Oregon. We’ll see you all again this year! Dan Alley, President Function 4 Junction

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rom its beginning in 1995, the Function 4 Junction has been a celebration of the history of American automobiles – a history that extends back more than 130 years. It also serves as a showcase for the challenging craft of auto restoration as well as an expression of the passion that many people feel towards their favorite make and model of classic car. But mostly it’s a chance to have some fun while taking in the scene, talking about cars and in the process, doing good things for the community. Since 2006, both the Show ’N Shine and the Cruise have been held within the Junction City limits, using the main drag of our small Willamette Valley town as a cruise route. The Show A brief history ‘N Shine has moved from the often-muddy high school of the football field to the paved streets at the center of town. Function 4 Junction More than 10,000 people come every year to enjoy the day, watch the cruisers and inspect the show cars. It’s the second largest event held in Junction City and it’s grown into one of the most popular car shows in Oregon. The Show is open 8am-4pm, centered at the corner of 6th Avenue and Greenwood Street. Awards are announced and presented around 3pm, and then everyone gets ready for the main event – the Cruise! Spectators line both sides of Ivy Street, the city’s name for the four lanes of Hwy. 99 that run through the center of town. The Cruise traditionally begins at 6pm with two antique fire trucks leading the way. Automobiles of every make, model and vintage cruise up and down the main drag until 9pm and the Cruise officially ends. A volunteer board of directors now manages the non-profit organization that stages the events and continues the mission of offering scholarships and grants that are made possible through registration fees, shirt and poster sales, and other fund-raising efforts. With the support of thousands of classic and custom automobile fans, many local businesses, local service groups and volunteers – and with hundreds of cruisers from near and far – the 2016 Function May 30, 2015 4 Junction promises to be another memorable day! May 30, 2015



A Huge Thanks

he Function 4 Junction is a non-profit organization that not only runs a great car show but also raises money which is used “4 the Children, 4 the Schools, and 4 the Community”. Every year we make donations to local charities and work with the Education Together Foundation to provide scholarships and educational grants to students from Junction City. Over the years the F4J has made regular donations to the Junction City Tiger Auction, Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, Viking Sal Senior Center, Bethel Booster Club, local sports teams and our local Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. Those donations are possible only because so many people offer their help in so many ways. All of the wonderfully supportive people who live and work in our small town of Junction City deserve the most recognition for the way they deal with the inconvenience of street closures and the dawn-to-dusk presence of as many as 15,000 visitors with a great amount of patience and very few complaints.

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The business community throughout the southern Willamette Valley supports the event when they place an advertisement in this magazine. Some businesses trade goods or services for advertising space, which helps keep down our costs of staging the Show and the Cruise. The F4J directors want to thank those sponsors, along with all of the great people who buy raffle tickets that help fund everything we do. The downtown business owners of US Bank, Citizens Bank, Oregon Neurosport Physical Therapy, Pacific Continental Bank and Tri-County Insurance all donate the use of their parking lots. Bi-Mart also sets aside 38 of their parking spaces for our volunteers to use, while Dari-Mart allows us to use their beautifully landscaped parking lot as a backdrop when we photograph the Show ‘N Shine award winners. About a dozen riders from the Oregon High School Equestrian Team help out every year with Cruise and Show registration. The Tiger cheer squad, Tiger football players and members of the Veneta/Elmira 4H club are a big help with the demanding job of controlling the cruise route. The regional chapter of the Girl Scouts fields a team of Scouts and volunteers who join in the hard, unglamourus, late-night and early morning task of cleaning the streets and sidewalks after all the cruisers have gone home. Three board members and two other volunteers also take on the crucial and challenging task of judging vehicles in each of the 30 categories of awards and trying to choose a winner from an abundance of deserving entries. F4J President Dan Alley said that no single volunteer or group stands out, as they are all willing to jump in and help wherever needed. He pointed out that all of the board members are also volunteers who do an outstanding job on the committees they run. “Without them we wouldn’t be where we’re at today,” he said. “It’s the board members who put this all together.”


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Awards Night 2015 was held at the financial strain of college. I have had a he annual Function 4 Junction is always free for spectators, but we First Baptist Church in May. F4J board wonderful time here at the University of do raise money through entry fees , raffle member Crystal Freeman presented Oregon. Thank you for helping to give tickets and magazine ad sales. Since scholarships to Austin Sherman and me the opportunity.” 2005 a large portion of those funds have Garrett Nepper. The Truck Function arrett Nepper gone to support our college scholarship scholarship was awarded to Zane Eddy. moved up north program, which is administered by the to Washington State ustin Sherman Education Together Foundation. University where, with is from Cheshire Every year an amount ranging between the help he received from and graduated from $1,500-$2,500 is awarded to one or two his F4J scholarship, he JCHS last spring. He high school students who live within is pursuing a degree in now attends California the Junction City School District. The mechanical engineering. Polytechnic in San number of scholarships and the amount Luis Obispo and has Garrett Nepper “Since I was a kid I of each grant depend on the funds raised a declared major in wanted to be an astronaut,” Garrett said. each year and on the number of eligible Austin Sherman aerospace engineering. “I planned to take aerospace engineering applicants. “The Function 4 Junction scholarship at first, but decided a mechanical A successful 2014 effort made it has helped me financially through engineer’s degree would offer more possible to grant two $2,500 awards in college,” Austin said. “It’s meaningful opportunities.” 2015. The other big automotive show in to me because I ride in the Cruise yearly Garrett said that the F4J scholarship town, the Truck Function in Junction, and I volunteered at the Cruise with my did have a significant impact on his has joined the program by offering a high school soccer team. I am grateful freedom to choose the school he wanted $1,000 scholarship of its own. to have received this scholarship from and ability the to actually move there. All scholarships awarded by Education such a great organization aimed at ducation Together was founded Together’s committee require high helping the community.” in 1987 in Junction City with grade-point averages, a written personal ane Eddy is a the mission of providing additional essay and a summary of individual future native JCHS Tiger funds to local area schools. The group goals. Although it’s not a requirement, who moved a little south administers scholarships, distributes the F4J scholarship gives special to become a UO Duck. endowments and awards grants in order consideration to applicants interested in Zane studies geography to support students at all grade levels. pursing a career in automotive-related with a focus on global “In the past three years we’ve widened industries. information systems and our parameters,” said Nelson. “I can plans to become a social “A personal essay is the most crucial say, however, that we wouldn’t exist Zane Eddy sciences teacher. element in determining scholarship at all if it weren’t for individuals and winners,” said Gary Nelson, president “I would like to say thank you to the groups like the Function 4 Junction of Education Together. “It gives the Truck Function in Junction’s board who provide the scholarship money that best insight into the character of each for awarding me the scholarship,” funds our awards.” individual and what they hope to Zane said. “Your contribution toward accomplish in the near future.” my education has helped to ease the






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he Chevrolet Corvette convertible is one of the all-time, iconic, American-made automobiles. It has a distinct body style that helps the car look fast even when parked, and most ‘Vettes tend to go pretty fast when given an open road. Dennis Huntley of Thurston Hills learned that truth about Corvettes at an early age and knows it full well today. “I’ve owned ‘Vettes ever since I got a ‘57 when I was 18,” Dennis said. “I’ve always had one. I like altered Corvettes, so that’s how I build them. You have to build a package.” “I tell people that I build them now ‘ I woulda when I was a kid, if I coulda’...”

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some serious competition. There are no extra points awarded for entering local cars in the show, but this particular car does have some deep local roots. Dennis found it and acquired it back in 2002, but it was in this area long before that. “The car originally was an old white Corvette that came from a grass seed farmer off of River Road near Junction City,” said Dennis. “It was sitting in the office of a big metal barn next to a desk and TV, with critters living in it. I took it home, tore it apart and started reworking a lot of broken fiberglass.” “The car has a Jim Myers Racing front end,” he said. “The 383 cubic-inch


“I like altered Corvettes, so that’s how I build them...” blown street motor was built by Gary Stevens down in Creswell. It cranks out 650-700 horses. It speaks for itself.” “I make all the chrome pieces when I rebuild a car, like that oversized radiator cover, but on this car I eliminated some of the chrome and trim. You can see that most clearly around the headlights.” The interior finish in Italian leather was provided by Jonn Lynn of Eugene. “The paint is a PP&G custom color mix, but the woman who mixed it for me lost the formula. We call it Tangerine Orange.” The end result of all that work is a truly impressive vehicle. The 2015 Show ‘N Shine was the first time it had been out since winning Best of

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President’s Choice A gangster car, a midnight moonshine runner and a comic book character all in one... Even when they both like a particular automobile, two different people don’t always agree on why. When it comes to Bob Musil’s modified ‘37 Plymouth Business Coupe, however, Bob and F4J President Dan Alley shared a similar perspective. Here’s what Bob had to say in his own words about creating a prizewinning piece of automotive art...

“In August of 2006, I was attending a show at the Shedd Cafe. A differentlooking car caught my eye; at first I thought it was an older Chrysler. On close examination it turned out to be a ‘37 Plymouth Business Coupe that the owner had brought from Sweet Home.” “It had a Buick 3.8 V-6 engine and a GM 400-R4 transmission. The body had a number of damaged areas and was incomplete, but I could see a diamond in the

rough. I didn’t sleep much that night and decided to call the owner the next day. I was the proud owner before that day ended.” “The car was a frame-off custom and the frame was boxed and painted. It has a one-piece welded steel body so no fenders can come off, making an engine swap more difficult. The gaps are filled and additional lines have been created, giving the car a smooth, sinister look. It’s a piece of artwork with a sense of depth that is hard to quantify.” continued on page



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“The headlights are mounted in the fenders and blended in. The license plate revolves and can be hidden. An art deco, stylized sailing ship has been hand-filed into the body above the rear window with a red lens for an additional stop light. This fits in well with the art deco sailing ship hood ornament. The interior is gray tweed upholstery on the original seats.” “The car seemed to cry out for a high-quality remake. A small-block Hemi seemed to be a perfect upgrade. I was living in Gig Harbor, WA at the time and found a complete 1952 DeSoto 276 small block on a pallet at the Corvette/performance car swap meet in Puyallup.” “I chose Green Enterprises in Kent to do the engine rebuild and installation because Bill Green is an authority on Hemi engines. The engine was blueprinted and rebuilt with a mild cam and 4-barrel Holley carburetor.” Bob picked up a ‘82 Buick Regal to provide some donor parts as he continued to renovate and reshape the Coupe into his own unique design. “A 727 Torqueflight transmission was added along with an 8-inch Ford rear end and a 4-link,” he said. “A new firewall was added along with new floor boards. The dash board was painstakingly modified with new vents and all new classic instruments.”

F4J president Dan Alley explains his choice: “I look for something out of the ordinary. I look for sleek body lines and lines that you don’t see very often. With this car, I liked the way the roof rolls up and over with the little window in the back, and the fins that stick out of the side of the hood with the name written on it. There’s also the top of the grill and how the headlights are set way out from the fenders that give it a different look.” “This was the first time I’ve seen this car. As I was walking up and down and around the Show, it really jumped out at me. The fact that it was totally finished plus the shine and gleam it had made it stand out compared to several other cars I was considering.”

Bob moved to Yachats a few years ago and brought the Coupe with him. It was handed over to the fellows at MetalWorks Classics in Eugene for some additions such as fuel injectors and a few final special touches. “After the rebuild I realized the car

needed a name,” Bob said. “Looking at the revolving license plate and other features, I realized the car was close to being a stylized moonshine runner. Those cars only came out at night, so ‘Dracula’ was the perfect name and provided a sense of identity to the car.” “I contacted Chris Crank, a car artist, who looked at the coupe and said, ‘Just listen to me, I have an idea how to do this.’ His beautiful design was perfect for the car hood, and now the car shares an identity with a piece of 120-year old mythology.”

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1935 Ford 5-Window Coupe Model 48 by Rob Lafferty


ack about four years ago, Joe and Sherri Davis of Albany drove past a classic car lot in Eugene and saw an automobile for sale that they

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McKinley, picked it for his Editor’s Choice award. His decision comes as no surprise. This coupe is so finely finished that it has won 28 awards in the 30 shows it’s been entered in so far, including Best of Show at the Oregon State Prison Car & Bike Show in Salem last year. The final painting by Kevin Harding (silver and black with red pinstriping, all true new Ford colors) and interior work by the father-son team of Jamie and Jason Jenniches (three shades of light grey with red stitching) was completed in 2015 just two days before they loaded the car up and rolled down to Redding, CA for Kool April Nights. They came home from that show with the Nostalgia Pick. “It was in fair shape when we first saw


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it but it was painted solid black,” Joe said. “My friend Bob Wood and I spent five days a week for six months over the course of two summers working on the car. This car wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for him; I just was the helper on most of it. His wife even knitted about 18 little sweaters for the Greyhound

hood ornament.” “We started by rebuilding the entire front end and changing the electrical system from 6 volt to 12 volt. We found a guy who has a parts store in the middle of nowhere near Silverton who had a 1940 steering gearbox that we bought and rebuilt.” When Joe and Sherri first brought the car home it had 1948 continued on page



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wheels in a different shade of red. After changing that color to a more traditional fire-engine red, Joe then found some ‘35 Spyder hubcaps and chrome rings to go with a set of ribbed and chromed hot rod rings and Coker whitewall tires. Their strong record of success at winning hardware at shows with the Ford is a little surprising as the Davis’s are fairly new to auto restoration as a hobby. “We used to ride Harleys and rebuild them to suit ourselves,” Joe said. “About five years ago I started having trouble with my balance, and four wheels became much easier to drive than two, so we started restoring classic autos in a small shop behind our house.” The coupe has interesting features that were a bit unusual even during the 30’s era of car design. The rear window

actually rolls all the down while the front windshield cranks open just a bit – and, of course, it has a rumble seat. In order to display the engine better Joe removed the side panels along the front compartment. He then designed his own tie-down strap system to keep the hood secure while allowing a good look at the motor. The coupe isn’t his first rebuild and won’t be his last one, either. He began with the restoration of a 1972 Chevy pickup that he painted in sea foam and white, but Joe has far more ambitious project car for this year – he’s working on an allstock 1954 Crestline Victoria 2-door hardtop painted in cameo coral and sandstone white. With the Davis’ attention to detail and to the small, fine touches – plus Bob Wood’s expertise – they are sure to have another high-quality classic in the garage when it’s finished.



photography by Jamie Hooper Cars from the 1930’s took three of the four top awards at the 2015 Show ‘N Shine. Joe and Sherri’s Ford took home two of the top seven awards by itself.

Chief Editor Scott McKinley explains his choice: “To be honest, It was the wheels and tires that first drew my attention to this car. After that it was just a case of appreciating how nice the rest of the car blended in from the interior, engine compartment and color scheme of the paint job. My congratulations to Joe and Sherri Davis for being the 2015 Editor’s Choice and Best Wheels & Tires award winners.”


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using a 1935 Plymouth Coupe they had acquired decades before as a starting point. The result of their efforts over the next few years was a truly unique vehicle that received the most votes from more than 400 entries to win the People’s Choice award at the Function 4 Junction in 2015. “The ‘35 is a model year all by itself, it’s very different from ‘34 or from the years that followed,” said Kenn, who has been in the car and truck business all his life. “Going beyond that, our car is highly modified. We built it for us, it looks the way we like it, and Function Function we drive it frequently.” Junction Junction Once they had their car ready to show, it didn’t take very long for their work to get rewarded with awards that recognize its uniqueness. The Hawes live in Holley near Sweet Home, now, so they’ve taken it out to about 30 shows in Oregon. The coupe was the People’s Choice in the 2013 Cheadle Lake show in Lebanon and was Judge’s Choice last



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People’s Choice from page 31 year at the Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club’s annual cruise and show in Oregon City. The car’s interior detail work is immaculate and the exterior detailing is nearly perfect. It has features that only certain cars can offer, like a windshield that cranks open and deep, wide running boards you could stand on and ride at town speeds. And, as Kenn describes it, the car is clearly a custom job from front grill to rear bumper. “From the firewall forward the metal is from a‘37 Ford pickup, including the original fenders, grill, badge and headlights,” said Kenn. “It sits on a Mustang II front end and has a Chevy 350 QuadraJet engine. So right there you have Ford, Chevy and Plymouth parts.” Kenn and Rich will be back at the Function this year, but they won’t bring their current project, a 1937 Plymouth pickup truck, because it won’t be ready. As usual for the Hawes, it’s being built to suit their particular, award-winning taste in custom cars based on a classic style. They will, however, bring back the coupe, so we all get a second look at a car that is truly like no other... The woodgrain-on-steel dashboard and window trim pieces all were handpainted by Eric Tapley, a lifelong friend of the Hawes and owner of Harry’s Auto Signs in California.


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The crowd-pleasing annual downtown car show added to its traditions in 2015

aturday, May 30 in 2015 was a fine spring day in typical Oregon style – cool and cloudy in the morning, sunny and warm all afternoon. That excellent weather and a growing reputation for a great classic car show and cruise brought a record number of entries to the Functon 4 Junction Show ‘N Shine last year. There’s probably no other show in the Northwest where viewers have all of a downtown district to stroll at their leisure while they enjoy a close-up look at a such a large number and wide range of automobiles. The people who came out 2015 saw more than 435 classic and custom cars, ratrods, pickup trucks and specialty vehicles on display, spread out over an area that covered six city blocks

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Colby Williams of Fueled Photography (inset, with controller) brought his camera drone and flew it all over the Function last year, sending it up well above both the Show ‘N Shine and the Cruise. His video footage and still photos provide an new perspective on the size and scope of both events. This hawks-eye view taken late on Saturday afternoon looks east along 6th Ave towards the intersection at Greenwood St. where the awards ceremony is held.


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The photographs below (from the town center south) and right (from the center looking north) show the extent of the Show ‘N Shine as more than 400 cars blanket Greenwood St and radiate out east-to-west along 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Avenues.


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ore than a half-century ago in small towns all across America, on a warm early evening in the springtime you would see local folks out cruising Main Street in the family automobile. The younger crowd would rumble around in hot rods and roadsters while dozens of other residents sat near the street and watched, waved hello to neighbors and chatted with whoever dropped by. It was a time when television only offered three channels, a computer took up an entire building and telephones were always attached to a wall. For free entertainment dozens of people got into their cars, went cruising and hung out together downtown. They still do all of that in Junction City for one evening every year, only they do it by the hundreds. More than 800 cars were registered in 2015 to cruise the four lanes of Hwy. 99 that run through the center of town with loops through the business district at either end of the closed course. The following pages offer a photographic glimpse of one celebration of small towns and automobiles, and one Photography by Bill Haney, Jamie Hooper, Dale Rowe, of the best attended, most-enjoyed events Crystal Freeman, Nate Freeman and Colby Williams in Oregon during the cruising season...





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ome people have a natural-born talent for building things. Most of those folks use their skill in pursuit of a career while others use it to enjoy their hobby, to pursue their passion. Jerry Szerlip is one of those fellows who tends to seek joy and meaning before profit when doing stuff he loves to do. Working together with his wife, B.J. Bennett, Jerry created a sweet little homestead they call Old Tower Grove, just off

of River Road in Junction City. The house and outbuildings look as if they’ve been in place for half a century but all were built – or rebuilt – during the past two decades. Jerry had his hands deep into all of that carpentry and construction, and his skills show when you climb the angled stairs of their unique Tower guest quarters. His talent is most evident, however, when you walk into his garage and take a good look at the 1946 Packard Clipper Limousine that he’s restored into better-than-new condition using all original parts. According to Jerry, this story should be all about his car and nothing about him, but it must at least be


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said that he managed an auto body shop in Southern California in his younger years where he once painted a car for John Wayne, and is a past president of the Emerald Empire Vintage Auto Club here in Oregon. He’s also kind of a genius when it comes to problemsolving in general. When Jerry first found the Packard it was a former funeral home limo that had been stored in Mar Vista for nearly 30 years after suffering an electric fire. He bought it and stored it for two decades more before starting the restoration in

2010 with the intent of making the car a driver rather than just a show piece. Jerry did a full body-off restoration and he’s logged a few hundered miles on it since it was completed. At a friend’s suggestion he chose a Classic Car Club of America event that offered a very high level of judging as the first place to show it. “I’d never entered a 100-point show before so I got the 23-page rulebook and started reading. As it turned out, taking the Packard to show level didn’t require too much more work.”

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That’s easy for him to say, but it’s only true because of the attention to detail that Jerry brought to the project from the start. It’s also true because what looks like a major amount of work to most people just looks like another project to Jerry. The chromework on the Packard is one example. continued on next page

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“Each door has 18 pieces of chrome,” he said. “All told there are 181 trim pieces on the car that I removed, re-chromed and then reinstalled – using the correct screws, of course.” Jerry and his crew finished the Packard on a Thursday night, trailered it up to Forest Grove on Friday and showed it the next day. It scored 98.75 points and won the CCCA Primary Division award. Gabby Lund of Emerald Auto Upholstery is responsible for the fine, tight carpet and upholstery work. The seat covers are leather and naugahyde in front, just as in the original, while the rear section is covered with a rich, deep blue fabric. The color is difficult to describe – there’s a density and depth in the Coral Metallic Blue paint that makes it look almost black in certain lighting. The quality is of the finest kind, producing a mirror

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The Photographer’s Corner

Every year a small crew of visual artists take their cameras out into the Show ‘N Shine and along the Cruise. They come back with the heart and soul of this magazine. We asked some of them to choose their favorite photo and tell us why...

Jamie Hooper tells the story of his picture


or me, the Function 4 Junction cruise is about more than great classic cars. It’s about a single day when the city overflows with people of all types, styles, and ages; gathered together enjoying a summer evening. Skirts and T-shirts. Beards and tattoos. Old men and kids. Some stand and watch. Others do a slow stroll down the sidewalk littered with families sitting on beach chairs and curbs. It’s a bumper-to-bumper art show cruising through the business district in a festival of pure Americana. And yes, it’s about the cars for sure. Bright colors, classic forms, beautiful restorations, and creative (sometimes outrageous) one-of-a-kinds all driven by proud owners with their friends and families in a celebratory mood. That’s why this photo was one of my favorites from the hundreds I shot last

year. It encompasses everything I love in one story-telling image. I shot it in the early evening when the soft light tames detail-hiding shadows; yet is still directional enough to highlight the couple standing on the right. And it has all the elements of design that make a compelling image. The strong diagonal lines formed by the street leads the viewer’s eyes up through the photo; stopped by the tree branches at the top of the frame and pulled down by the side-lit couple in the foreground. As we inevitably follow their eyes looking back towards the street we notice the diverse collection

of spectators in chairs on the sidewalk; and then our eyes travel back up the diagonal again as they continue moving in a circle, round and round the image. And each time they go round we notice something new. In events like this there is always a danger of so much information that the eye can be overwhelmed and leave. But the bare gray surface of the street and the couple on the right act as anchors where the eye can rest. To experience this effect for yourself, block out the right side of the photo and you’ll see what a difference their presence makes.


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his is one of my favorite hood ornaments, and was my favorite photo that I shot at the 2015 Function 4 Junction show. The picture reflects the grace and class of the pre-World War II hood decorations as well as the cars themselves. Our Flying Lady shows simplified elegance as she leads this lucky owner down the road, almost as if floating in air. Photographically, I am struck by the stark contrast of bright chrome and the softness of the flying goddess. With her head held up proudly, and her hair blowing in the wind, can there be a better representation of the power and sophistication that was the 1940’s Cadillac? She was shot with a Canon 7D, using a macro 2.8, 100mm Canon “L” lens.


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rystal Freeman is on the F4J Board; she and her husband, Nate, are excellent photographers and owners of Willow Creek Creative, an interactive web design firm. Every year they each take a hundred photos or more then upload all of them in one batch. We never know who took which shot, so we always try to credit them both. We know that Nate took this photo of stylized flames because Crystal said so when she chose it as her favorite. To keep it fair, we chose as well her self-portrait reflection in the mirror finish of a truck tailgate.

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ill Haney lives in Cheshire, but he spends a lot of his time in Junction City or nearby towns, usually in places where automobiles have gathered. Like an avid birdwatcher, Bill will be there with his cameras and long lenses, always ready to take five hundred photos and then upload every one for us to choose from. He’s at his best when photographing sports events, but he doesn’t discriminate – he’ll shoot just about anyone doing anything, anywhere, in any conditions. Bill chose the photo at left because of the threedimensional illusion created by a masterful bit of painting. To us, this photo shows his attention to detail and his eye for the small touches that make for great photographs.

The Function 4 Junction directors and staff would like to express our gratitude to all the photographers who have contributed to this magazine during the past decade. Here are just a few: Richard L. Smith Gary Breedlove Annesha Montez Josh Gagner Breanna Harvey Curtis Reed Victoria Stephens Gini Bramlett

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hether you’re srolling around at a car show or rolling around in a car cruise, the right kind of music needs to be playing to make the experience complete. Andy Manuel plays exactly the kind of oldies that set the right tone for a day of car watching and cruising. That would be, of course, music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, with a few ‘70s tunes thrown in. Andy is a DJ for KOOL FM – 99.1 on your radio dial – and has been the announcer and musical director at the Show ‘N Shine and the Cruise for nearly a decade now. “It’s a whole lot of fun to do both events,” Andy said. “ I enjoy watching the families and kids dancing on the sidewalks or in an open car or the bed of a truck. It does make for a very


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long, 15-hour day, but I have my grandson Troy to help now. He’s my muscle for moving equipment from the center of the Show up to the Cruise route. He might become a DJ in the future and he likes the music we play at the Function as much as I do.” Andy now has a trailer built just for him and his equipment. He uses the speaker system installed for the ScandiFest during the Show but switches to big, full-range speakers when spinning tunes for the Cruise. He keeps the air filled with the best sounds to accompany the parade of automobiles that cruise his booth all evening long. So when you come to the F4J this year, be sure to let Andy know how much you like the atmosphere he provides...

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On Oct. 1, 2015 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, a gunman on a shooting rampage killed nine people and wounded nine others. Everyone connected to the Function4Junction was impacted by this senseless tragedy. The victims were our neighbors; some were friends, or friends of people we know. Candlelight ceremonies and memorials were held all around Oregon and across the nation while support sites were set up for those who wish to help.Here are several ways you can offer your support:

Those websites have links to other sites that help victims and families who still struggle from the impact of this horrible crime. United Way also has a site at In memory of those who were lost that day...

“Hey, Bud - Mom and Dad got your truck back!” When Matt Hansen was 12 years old he wanted a 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck. He and his father, Gary, found a yellow one in Portland, brought it home to Cheshire and worked on it over the next five years.

When the truck was finished Matt was more interested in a 4-wheel sand machine than a classic pickup, so Gary sold the truck to Florence Auto Body in 1996. Ten years later, on their way to pick up a ‘53 Chevy BelAir from Myron Aho in Florence, Matt asked Gary if they could go and try to get that ‘56 Ford back. But after loading the BelAir Myron showed them his new project car and they

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couldn’t believe what they saw it was Matt’s old truck! Soon after that day Matt was diagnosed with brain cancer. Over the next few years, Matt returned to the Florence show every year and told everyone that some day he would get that truck back. But his time on Earth ran out first; Matt passed away in 2013. The following year when Myron decided to sell the truck, Gary and his wife Kaye didn’t hesitate; the truck has now come full circle 24 years after Matt first saw it...

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Herb Nill

In March of this year the Junction City community heard the sad news of the passing of Herb Nill at age 87. Herb purchased Guaranty Chevrolet in 1966 and built the dealership up before expanding into truck sales and RV sales and service. His family-owned and operated businesses are now the cornerstone employers of the nearby area. The Nill family has supported the F4J from the beginning, and Guaranty Chevrolet remains a primary sponsor today. Our feelings about Herb are perhaps best expressed in these words from his biography: “Herb’s love of family, dear friends, and the entire community was evident in his words and actions. He lived a life full of gratitude to be shared with everyone he encountered.” And he will be missed by all...

Dennis Bendickson

The F4J Board of Directors want to recognize the passing of Dennis Bendickson last fall and offer their condolences to his family and friends. A Junction City resident, Dennis was also a long-time volunteer with the F4J who could often be found helping direct traffic to the registration area. He truly enjoyed helping out at both the Show ‘N Shine and the Cruise. We thank you for everything, Dennis, and we will miss you...

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We Do Whatever’s Right. You’ve Got Our Word On It.


When my father, Herb Nill founded Guaranty he determined it would be built on trust, service and community involvement. Fifty years later those principles still guide the dealership. Our headquarters, right here in the Willamette Valley, provide employment to your relatives and friends. We strive to earn and keep your business by doing what’s right as we sell and service cars, trucks, motorhomes and trailers. Trust. Service. Community – we’ve built our business on it.



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Function 4 Junction 2016 magazine  

The biggest little annual classic car show and cruise in Oregon...

Function 4 Junction 2016 magazine  

The biggest little annual classic car show and cruise in Oregon...