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What you need to know to enter the Show ‘N Shine or Cruise
Function 4 Junction 2019
Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1 Hours: The Show ‘N Shine will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 8am until 4pm. The awards ceremony is held at 3pm at the announcer’s booth on the corner of 6th Ave and Greenwood St. Raffle winners will be announced at 3:30pm. The Friday Cruise runs from 6:30pm until 9:30pm. The Saturday Cruise begins at 6pm and lasts until 9pm. Registration: Pre-registration is available through May 11, 2019. After May 11 registration forms must be filled out on the day of the event - NO EXCEPTIONS. Registration on Friday is from noon until 7pm in the Bi-Mart parking lot on 6th Ave in Junction City. On Saturday, Cruise registration is from 8am until 7pm on Greenwood St between 4th Ave and 5th Ave. Drivers must be licensed and present vehicle registration for proof of eligibility. Major credit cards accepted. Eligibility: For the Saturday Show ‘N Shine and the Friday Cruise, all makes and models of cars from any era are invited to enter. For the Saturday Cruise, all vehicles must be from 1974 or earlier. 4WD vehicles and motorcycles are not allowed in either Cruise. Cruise Rules: All local laws will be enforced. While cruising you must follow all traffic laws and obey all traffic lights. No breaking traction, no hydraulics and no open exhaust 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 also be ticketed by law enforcement. No throwing of candy!
Saturday Show & Cruise – $40 Friday Cruise & Saturday Show & Cruise – $45
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Talk to F4J President Corrie Lucas at: 541.554.5809 Download and print a registration form online at: www.function4junction.com
Function online Go online to Function4Junction.com for info and photos. Download and print our registration form to learn when, where and how you can register quickly for this year’s event. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with news! Crystal Freeman of Willow Creek Creative updates and maintains our website and helps document the Show ‘N Shine every year. Her web design company is online at willowcreekcreative.com.
Chief Editor Scott McKinley of McKinley Printing Photographers Gary Breedlove Peggy Dent Aliya Hall Bill Haney Jamie Hooper Dale Rowe Copywriters Peggy Dent Aliya Hall Rob Lafferty Advertising Sales Heather Hess Print Production Rob Lafferty of Moon Valley Press Cover Artist Brian Campbell of Blue Moose Graphics Magazine Printer Oregon Web Press Shirt Prints Bryan Cunningham of Eugene Silkscreen Inc Award Plaques Delp’s Awards Web Design Crystal Freeman of Willow Creek Creative
The annual Truck Function in Junction has photos and details online at TruckFunctioninJunction.com. Photographer Jamie Hooper of Digital Dreams has an excellent archive of photos from past years posted at junctioncity.com/news/cruisin/. To view this entire magazine as well as past issues on screen, you can download a PDF file at issuu.com/function4junction.
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Welcome to the Function 4 Junction
he biggest little car show in the Willamette Valley just keeps going, although the Function 4 Junction family suffered a tremendous loss last December with the sudden and unexpected passing of long-time President Dan Alley. (read our tribute to Dan starting on pg. 10) The format and time for the Show ‘N Shine hasn’t changed; as always, cars of any year, make or model are eligible to enter our all-day Saturday street show, where more than 400 cars of every description will line the closed side streets of downtown Junction City for your up-close inspection . Continuing with tradition, the Saturday Evening Cruise that follows the Show ‘N Shine is restricted to any make or model of automobile from the year 1974 or older. And once again, no 4-wheel drive vehicles or motorcycles are allowed in the Cruise. Swap Meet each April in the Junction City High School parking lot that features a 5am early-bird start and lasts Three is one big change: the until 4pm. Friday Evening Cruise is now open to makes and models of any year, As with all F4J events, a majority of the proceeds will go from the newest car on the market to support our College Scholarship today to the oldest classic that can still roll down a road. The fund. And we have a raffle in support of rule of no 4-wheel drive vehicles or motorcycles still applies, that great cause to offer once again. however. As always, you can go to www. We are finally able to accept credit cards! You can now function4junction.com to find use your card for any and all registration forms and information registrations, purchases and for all of our events. We’ll see you Function4Junction donations, which should make all again this year! Board of Directors life a bit easier for everyone. Corrie Lucas, President Corrie Lucas We continue to host a Saturday Function 4 Junction President Bob Bell Vice President Cindy Alley Secretary The pool of prizes in our Scholarship Raffle includes gift cards, merchandise and services Kari Rae donated by dozens of area merchants. More items are donated every year right up until the Treasurer day of the drawing on Saturday, June 1. Tickets cost just $1 each (or 6 tickets for $5) and can only be found at the heart of the Show: the Information Booth in the US Bank parking lot at Gene Bennett Sixth & Greenwood. Credit cards are accepted. Chris Brown Prizes? How about an auction for a very Jack Brown cool quilt hand-made by board member Greg Dudley Margaret Foster using F4J T-shirt art from Jim Foster past years? If you could use a pressure washer to hose off your ride, NAPA put Margaret Foster one in the pot. Coupons for wheel alignments from Firestone Heather Hess will save you time and money, while a one-year membership in Zach Hess AAA could save you a lot of grief and money, too. Gary Jones A longer list of prizes, gift certificates and coupons is posted Ryan Lemon on page 78, and that list grows longer almost every day. There are so many prizes available again this year that your odds of Ally Lucas winning one are pretty darn good. So get some tickets early! David Sheffler Don’t miss out! Randy Thom
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rom its first run in 1995, the Function 4 Junction has been a showcase for the passionate craft of auto restoration, but it’s really about having fun while taking in the scene, talking about cars and doing good things for the community in the process. It started with a cruise along River Road and a show in whatever empty field was available. A decade later the Show ’N Shine had grown so large that it was moved first to the football field at Junction City High, then onto the side streets of downtown Junction City. Meanwhile, the
T he B ack S tory Cruise had already taken over the town’s main drag in the early evening. As many as 10,000 people show up each year to get a close look at more than 400 classic cars and then watch even more cruisers roll through town. It’s the second-largest event held in Junction City and one of the more popular car shows in Oregon. The Show ‘N Shine goes on all day Saturday, centered in the heart of town. Awards are presented in the afternoon,
then everything changes as people get ready for the main event – the classics go cruisin’! Whole families of spectators line both sides of the four lanes of Hwy. 99 that run through town as vintage automobiles of every make and model roll the roads until darkness falls. With support from thousands of classic and custom car fans, dozens of local businesses, several local service groups and an army of volunteers, the 2019 Function 4 Junction is sure to be another memorable weekend for everyone!
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hroughout the years, a core group of hard-working volunteer crews make the Function 4 Junction possible. With two evening Cruises to manage now, those crews are working more than ever before. It’s the volunteers who control the car and foot traffic and monitor all the parking areas who keep everything flowing. Folks who are donating their time are the ones who staff the barricades, provide information to cruisers and guests and register every vehicle. As the non-profit Function has grown, so has the need for more volunteers. Positions are often available on the board of directors for anyone who wants to help with the planning and staging work that goes on all year. And there’s seldom enough volunteers available on the day of any event, even though working at the show and during the cruises can be more fun than just being part of the crowd. F4J board members and several local volunteer groups help sell raffle tickets and distribute this free magazine in the month before the Function. Board members supervise the crews who set everything up on the morning of the event; they help judge the Show ‘N Shine entries, and they even clean up the downtown streets after everyone else has gone home.
www.Function4Junction.com www.Function4Junction.com ur local business community plays a huge part in making the F4J possible by advertising in this magazine and contributing a range of goods and services that is almost too long to list. Some downtown storefronts close up shop and take the day off to enjoy the fun while others stay open, get real busy and have their best single day of sales all year. It makes special thanks goes out once a successful day for again to Jeff Prociw of the state everyone – the 400+ Transportation Department, Junction classic cars in the Show, City planner Jordan Cogburn, and all the 600 or more that will of the crew at the city’s Public Works roll around town during department. They make sure we are in the Cruises, and an estimated 10,000 compliance with all of the rules that visitors who come to town to watch. apply when staging an event of this size.
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unction City Police Department staff always does a terrific job of keeping the event safe for all.Each year, horses and riders from the Oregon High School Equestrian Team help out with Cruise and Show registration. The Tiger cheer squad, Tiger football players and members of the Veneta/Elmira 4H club all play a big role with the demanding job of controlling the cruise route. The regional chapters of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts field teams of Scouts who join other volunteers in the hard, unglamorous, late night and early morning task of cleaning the streets and sidewalks, long after everyone else has gone home. The people who live and work in our small town of Junction City deserve the most recognition. They deal with the inconvenience of street closures and the dawn-to-dusk presence of as many as 15,000 visitors with great patience and few complaints. embers of the business community support the event with their advertisement in this magazine. Other businesses trade goods and services for advertising, which helps keep the cost of staging the events at manageable levels. The owners of US Bank, Oregon Neurosport Physical Therapy and Pacific Continental Bank all donate the use of their parking lots for staging the Show ‘N Shine. Citizens Bank and TriCounty Insurance offer space for the Cruise announcers. DariMart lets us use the landscaped area at their headquarters to photograph the award winners. The list goes on and on... The F4J directors want to thank every one of those sponsors, large and small, for their financial and logistical support.
ost of the people involved with the Function over the years have volunteered for the same reasons as Crystal Freeman, who continues to help out long after her years of service as a board member ended. “We love the event because it raises money to provide scholarships for local youth,” said Crystal. “It’s also been a lot of fun and has always felt like being part of a family because of people like Dan and Cindy Alley.” A talented artist, photographer and graphic designer, Crystal created three of our magazine covers. She now manages the entire online presence of the F4J through her web design company, Willow Creek Creative. As a volunteer Crystal often represents the organization at the annual Education Together scholarship awards program in May, and is frequently the spokesperson for local media news reports about the F4J. Along with her husband Nate, who is also a professional photographer, Crystal makes the rounds of the Show every year. Their photos have been featured in several issues of this magazine over the past decade. (Crystal and Dan Alley back in 2017)
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The passing of F4J President Dan Alley left a huge hole at the heart of the organization he loved and served for more than a decade by Rob Lafferty
ast fall, hundreds of people who live in the towns of Harrisburg, Junction City, Monroe and in dozens of small communities in the Coast Range learned the sad news that a good friend, Dan Alley, no longer walks among them. Dan’s spirit left this earth on October 19, 2018, and he is still deeply missed by all who knew him. Born in Midland, Texas in 1956, he was known by many as “Big Dan” because of the size of his heart, which finally failed him after a lifetime of sharing and caring with everyone around him. If Dan knew that you were in need, he would always look for a way to help – and he almost always succeeded, because he seemed to have a special skill for solving problems and making things happen. He’s best known among members of the Lane County car community for his decade as president of the Function 4 Junction Classic Car Show ‘N Shine and Cruise, which grew under his direction from about 200 cars displayed in an often-muddy football field into a 3-day event that draws more than 400
classic autos in the heart of downtown Junction City for an all-day show and allows more than 600 cars to cruise the streets for three hours on the first Friday and Saturday nights in June. The F4J has a large board of directors and an army of volunteers who make the event possible, but most of the credit for the safety measures and the logistical structure of the event belongs to Dan, who seldom delegated any task if he was able to do it himself. That hands-on approach is what allowed him to create a process for dealing with a myriad of issues and logistics. Dan’s stewardship of the Function was noticed by people in Springfield back in 2017, who asked him to take control of organizing that city’s car show and cruise. He agreed to take on their request despite his already full schedule and despite the enormous challenges that project faced. It just wasn’t part of Dan’s nature to say no to such a request.
The husband & wife working team of President Dan Alley and Secretary Cindy Alley provided most of the planning and logistics needed to make the Function 4 Junction a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.
Two years later, he stepped away from the Springfield project when he realized he couldn’t give it the full attention it needed to grow into a successful car show/cruise. That decision also showcased one of Dan’s best qualities - his ability to honestly assess his own capabilities as well as those of other people. Dan’s wife Cindy, who shared everything with him for 37 years, along with their daughter Heather, son Travis and their six grandchildren, invited everybody to celebrate his life in a variety of ways. The owners of Bennett Winery and Vineyard in Cheshire hosted one gathering, where any and all vintage car and truck owners were invited. Citizen’s Bank in Junction City also helped the family pay some personal expenses by organizing a Dan Alley Memorial Fund that can accept donations from anyone in the community. A long afternoon of remembrance was held on a Saturday in November under a big tent in the field that Dan turned into
“My dad was always such a giving man. He gave so much to others instead of thinking about his own self. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for friends or family – and if you met him more than once, you were officially family to him.” ~ Heather Hess
a staging ground for the Truck Function in Junction, a summertime event he created in 2014 to showcase the hardworking big rigs, log trucks and service vehicles of Lane County. Cindy certainly knew how important this was to Dan, so she’s taken charge of that event and will make sure it honors his memory when it continues in July this year, with big trucks cruising up and down Junction City’s main drag just like the classic cars do in June. Corrie Lucas has stepped into the role of F4J president this year. His seven years on the board have given him a unique perspective on how the Function is organized. “Oddly enough, we never ”Thousands of people come into town owned a classic car and we for the Function each year, and Dan is never cruised in a Cruise.” largely responsible for that popularity,” ~ Cindy Alley said Corrie. “He did most of the work to prepare for the event himself, and there is a huge amount to be done. He worked throughout the year and was completely focused on problem-solving every day leading up to the actual weekend. It was Dan’s dedication which helped the F4J to grow and thrive more than any other thing.” Cindy saw exactly how much work Dan put in every year whenever he wasn’t making a living driving his big rig as an independent contract hauler. “I kept asking him to write all that stuff down, but he would say that he kept it all in his head – and he did, too,” said Cindy. “He usually did things his own way, ever since he started his own mobile truck repair business when Heather was born. I always like to say that Dan was a real man.” Travis Alley added a few heartfelt comments about his father: “Dad Cindy Alley has stayed on as the F4J secretary while was a very loving and caring husband and father as well as a loving daughter Heather still sells the ads that make this grandfather of six. He taught me everything I know about trucks. magazine possible. It’s thanks to him I have a great career as a diesel mechanic. “We would be talking about something – work, his new truck, cars, the Function, the truck show – it didn’t matter what it was, he always trying to figure out how to get it to work or make it work better. “I am thankful for the time I had with him even though it was too short. He will be loved and missed deeply.” Our final words to any and all who knew Dan Alley, or knew of him, or knows the car community up and down the Willamette Valley that knew him well: be sure to come out and enjoy the Function 4 Junction this year. Dan would want you to be there...
2018 Function 4 Junction Scholarships
“A personal essay is the crucial element in determining he Function 4 Junction is free for spectators, but the non-profit organization behind all the events does raise scholarship winners,” said Gary Nelson, president of money through entry fees, raffle tickets and ad sales in this Education Together. “It gives the best insight into the character magazine. Since 2005 a large portion of those funds have gone of each individual and what they hope to accomplish in the to support a college scholarship program administered by the near future.” Education Together Foundation. In 2016, the Truck Function Last year, thanks to the support of sponsors, Education in Junction joined the program by offering a scholarship of Together was able to award surpass its record of $88,000 its own. to provide scholarships and grants to dozens of deserving Every year an amount ranging between $1,000-$2,500 is students and local educational organizations. awarded to several graduating students who live within the “In the past few years we’ve widened our parameters,” said Junction City School District. Nelson. “However, we wouldn’t exist at all if it weren’t for The number of scholarships and the amount of each grant individuals and groups like the Function 4 Junction and the depend on the funds raised each year and on the number of Truck Function who provide the money that funds all of our eligible applicants. In 2018 the F4J awards.” was able to support a total of two scholarships while the Truck Function provided the funds for an additional scholarship. Every year the Awards Night is held in May at the First Baptist Church in Junction City. Last year scholarships in the amount of $1,000 were presented to Jacob Reyes and Jaxon Campbell. In addition, the Truck Function awarded photos by Jamie Hooper $1,000 to Luke Jackson. All scholarships awarded by Education Together’s Education Together board member Dr. John Hunts presented the F4J committee require students to have high grade-point scholarship awards to Jacob Reyes, above, and Jaxon Campbell, below. averages, plus they must submit a personal essay and a summary of their future goals. Although it’s not a requirement, the F4J scholarship gives special consideration to applicants interested in pursing a career in automotive-related industries. Awards Night in 2019 will be held May 21, once again at the Baptist Church on 18th Street. The number of scholarships awarded may depend upon the number of applicants, as this year’s graduating class has fewer students than usual.
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In October of 1984, a young, single Junction City mother of with four children needed a car of her own. She found a 1963 Chevy II for sale, paid $250 for it and still owns that car 35 years later. That’s the short version of a much longer story that Carolyn shared about the car she named ‘Miss Libby’ and has been driving all that time. “I bought the car from a fellow named Jim Rhoten, who I believe inherited it from his grandfather of the Marcola area. I used to see him come to town in it, and always admired the car. Then one day it was parked under an oak tree two streets over from my home. Not long after that, it was for sale with an asking price of $850, which was later dropped to $650.” It wouldn’t start when Carolyn went to check it out, but that wasn’t a problem. “He opened the hood, I looked at the engine and was pretty sure I knew what was wrong, so I offered him $150 and promised to tow it away. We talked a while and settled on $250. With help from my parents we closed the deal the next day and hauled the car a few blocks over to our house.” “It had a 194ci engine and didn’t have a full synchro
Dale Rowe Local pinstriper Jim Carmichael painted a stylized Miss Liberty on Carolyn’s car to honor the fact that it helped Carolyn achieve personal independence photos by
transmission, which my mother thought was not enough power and not safe for driving a family around,” said Carolyn. “A few months later she found a 230ci engine with a newer transmission to put in the car. I taught my boys how to drive a 3-speed on the column, and they used the car when they got into high school.” Carolyn has always performed basic maintenance on Miss Libby herself - adjust plugs, points and lifters, change filters and fluids, and replace parts as needed. She comes from the kind of automotive-savvy family where her four older brothers
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had hot rods, her father was a driveway mechanic and her mother bought Carolyn a small car repair kit before she even got her first driving license. “Because of my brothers and their friends, I was always surrounded by cars – not that I wanted to be,” Carolyn said. “But that’s how I learned.” “Once I got her home I thought, ‘that car is my liberty, my freedom. She’s strong, she’s healthy, she’s got integrity and she’ll keep going.’ She represented my personal liberty, so I named her Miss Libby almost the first day.” It wasn’t her first car – that was a Corvair she picked up for $75 when she was 19 years old, and later owned and kept up a nice ‘63 Buick Special. When it came time to restore the Chevy II, however, Carolyn made a difficult decision. “By then, each child had left their own little mark on her,” she said, and every scratch or dent or stain had a story she knew well. Her husband also had considerable doubt if the value of the car was worth the cost of restoration. Bob White didn’t think it was. The local automotive legend advised her that it could take more than the car would be worth to get Miss Libby back to a clean, stock condition. After she told him that she planned to do it anyway, Bob steered her towards the people who would do the work right. She takes her 17 grandchildren for rides these days, and might even take them out to a private spot she knows where she can smoke the tires just for fun. Carolyn brings Miss Libby to the F4J most years, so look for them both in 2019. You might see her any year at the Sweet Ride in Sweet Home, or perhaps over on the coast as one of the Rhody Cruisers Car Club out for a ride...
“That’s the environment I was brought up in you take care of your own car.” ~ Carolyn Booth
Chip Chipman’s 1941 Custom Willys Coupe Custom car design as a form of art...
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hip Chipman has an affinity for the 1940’s era when it comes to auto body design. The lines of a 1941 Willys are clearly his favorite kind of curves, because he’s taken two of those old classics – a Swoopster and the Coupe you see on these pages – and
transformed them both into automotive art of the highest order. As photographer Gary Breedlove noted back in 2014, “In many ways, Chip’s shop looks more like an automotive museum than a working car garage.” Chip is also accustomed to winning awards when he takes any one of his stable of cars to a show. Last year’s Function was no different as the Chipman custom Coupe took two of the top awards in 2018 – Best of Show and Best Interior. Every detail of the Coupe is perfect. It’s cleaner continued page 30
‘41 Willys from page 28 and far more streamlined than the original showroom model. The leather interior is impeccable, the floors have immaculate carpeting and the engine compartment is spotless. Just like the keyless entry that allowed Chip to keep the exterior lines unbroken by eliminating all of the door handles, it’s what you don’t see under the hood that makes this Coupe a uniquely customized vehicle. “I don’t like wires and I don’t like rubber hoses under my hood,” Chip said. “I like stainless steel fuel lines. I love simplicity.” Yes, the Chipman creations are trailer queens, because it’s pretty hard to drive down the highway to a show and still have a perfectly clean vehicle once you get there. Besides, museum quality automotive work is a bit expensive to risk out on the open road. This ‘41 customized Willys is meant to be enjoyed as an expression of beauty that favors form over function.
“We have hundreds of friends from the car shows. We usually go to about 30 different shows every year.” – Chip Chipman
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Chipman from page 32 Once in a while there’ll be one special vehicle that’s a clear winner in its class and also an easy choice for Best of Show. One car winning three top awards had never happened in the Show ‘N Shine until Chip and Bernie Chipman brought their 1941 Willys Swoopster to the show in 2014,. The judges were impressed enough to grant it Best of Show. Visitors liked the unique lines and the custom interior so much they voted for the car as their People’s Choice. Gearheads were impressed enough to add Best Wheels & Tires to make it a trio of awards.
From 1912 to 1918, the Willys company was the second largest producer of automobiles after Ford. The 1941-1942 Americar Coupe sold for about $630. The more expensive Swoopster design was a limited edition of 64 vehicles customized for each buyer.
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The Chipmans have won Best of Show or Best in Class in almost all of the shows they have entered their 1937 Ford Wildrod Coupe (shown below). They brought it to the Function in 2012 and it took Best of Show that year. ”It just keeps winning,” said Chip. The Coupe is powered by a 350 Turbo with lots of chrome in a spotless engine compartment. The engine produces 350hp. Chip redid the interior in leather, hid all of the wires around the motor for a nice clean look and added Boyd Coddington wheels and tires – 18” in front and 20” in back.
In 2015 this striking yellow 1939 Ford Roadster was given the 20’s-30’s Modified Runner-up award and kept the Chipman’s winning streak alive despite some very stiff competition that year. Chip and Bernie have been in the F4J awards lineup many times. Their ‘33 Ford Roadster took the Best Wheels award in 2008. In 2012 their ‘37 Ford Coupe won Best of Show.
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Joe & Sherri Davis of Albany take home a top award with their 1937 Chevrolet Master Deluxe continued next page
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wo years ago, Joe and Sherri Davis came down from Albany to the Show ‘N Shine with their 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air DeLuxe. They took home the prize that many car owners covet the most at a show – the People’s Choice Award. Last year they made the same journey in a very different car and got the exact same result – the People’s Choice Award for their 1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe. A striking deep blue color and fully loaded with accessories and custom add-ons, the ‘37 is clearly a unique vehicle from any viewing angle. Joe and Sherri are fairly new to automobile collecting and restoration as a hobby. “We used to ride Harleys and rebuild them to suit ourselves,” Joe said. “A few years ago, four wheels became much easier to drive than two, so we started restoring classic autos in a small shop behind our house.”
They met a fellow named Bob Wood by chance at the 2012 Show ‘N Shine. Bob has considerable expertise in restoring and customizing classic cars, and they formed a friendship that led to them working on cars together. That little shop behind the house now has both a name and a sign Sherri had
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Last year was actually the fourth consecutive year that a Davis-owned car took home some kind of F4J hardware. At the 2015 Show ‘N Shine. Joe and Sherri’s customized 1935 Ford 5-window Coupe Model 48 Ford (photo top right) took home the Editor’s Choice and Best Wheels & Tires awards. The following year, 2016, they brought a 1954 Ford Victoria Crestline 2-door hardtop (photo middle right) that took top place in the 50’s Stock category. In 2017 it was their 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air DeLuxe. that won the first of two consecutive People’s Choice Awards.
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Stacy and Chet Kokkeler’s 1956 T-Bird A car can be part of a family’s soul story & photos by Peggy Dent
For most of us a car is just a convenience to get from point A to point B, but for a very small and special group of people, one particular automobile enters into their world and transcends that utilitarian function to become part of a family’s collective soul. This incredible 1956 Ford Thunderbird is that car. This car first came into the possession of the Simpson family in 1979, when Sharon Simpson-Carroll was pregnant with her daughter Stacy. But the ‘56 wasn’t this family’s first encounter
with T-Birds. Sharon’s parents, Pat and Kearney Simpson, already owned a ‘55 and a ‘57 T-Bird and Sharon wanted to buy the ’56 to complete the “trifecta”.
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All three cars remained in the SimpsonCarroll family fleet while Stacy and her older brother were growing up.
Stacy’s grandparents started the tradition, her parents continued it, so it stands to reason that Stacy grew up with a deep love for these great little sports cars. It was a treat to cruise in them with her folks, and to participate in the
annual Function 4 Junction Cruise. By the time she and her brother were in high school they had each developed a deep connection to the ’56 and the ’57. Stacy claimed the ‘56 while her brother gravitated to the ‘57. Stacy’s friends were all driving contemporary cars to high school, but in 1996 Stacy was already styling in this 40-year-old classic. At that time
she didn’t really have a sense of the unique opportunity of driving a classic car to high school, Stacy said, but she was acutely aware of her mother’s trust. That trust was the foundation of an unbreakable bond between the two women, which continues to this day. A few years later when Stacy and Chet Kokkeler were getting married, Stacy arrived at the wedding in the newly
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‘56 T-Bird from previous page Stacy decided it was unacceptable to neglect this beautiful classic any longer. Together Stacy, Chet and Sharon developed a plan to rebuild this classic Thunderbird, not to just sit in a garage and occasionally be showcased at classic car shows, but to be used for their driving enjoyment. They didn’t want to just restore the car; they planned to rebuild it to better than its 1956 showroom condition. And rebuild it they did! They contracted Ken Jordan, owner of Artistic Customs and Collision, to handle the rebuild. The trio discussed what they wanted the car’s new persona to be: colors, features, appointments, style and function. Every step, every decision, every modification was a Builder Ken Jordan of Artistic Customs & Collision stands with the T-bird at the 2019 Salem Hot Rod Show. collaborative effort between Sharon, Stacy, Chet, and Ken. Entry into the car is electronic now, so the door handles The intent of the redesign was to incorporate the essence of have been removed to smooth the exterior profile. By taking the original Thunderbird but to improve and expand on each the spare tire housing off the back of the car, the redesign is feature, from the LS3 engine, and Tremec transmission, more elegant original with a sleeker line. to its alloy wheels, streamlined instrument Before the redesign began, the car was a dull white. Now panel, and interior and exterior trim. it’s a rich two-tone gray which makes the chrome trim, alloy The original car had bench seats; now it wheels, round windows in the hard top, tail fins and headlight has beautifully hand crafted, deeply flares all stand out. embossed, two-tone leather, bucket The team worked through every detail of the seats. The motif in the seats is repeated on rebuild and in 2018, this 1956 Ford Thunderbird was ready the door panels, the headliner and even to roll out of the garage and meet the public. The custom inside the trunk. creation comes with a removable
hard top which wasn’t finished until this spring, so it debuted at the Function 4 Junction as a straight convertible, where it won the President’s Choice award. This car is a head turner, and has caught the eye of judges in every show in which it has been entered. In addition to the President’s Choice award in its first appearance, it won Best-in-Show at the 2018 Bend car show. At the Good Guys’ Pacific Northwest Nationals show in Puyallup in 2018, it was selected for the “by invitation only” Hot Rod Show in Salem. There it won an invitation to the much larger Rod & Custom Show in Medford earlier this year. But this newly reminted 63-year-old automobile is much more than a head-turner at a car show. It’s also part of a long
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‘56 T-Bird from previous page family tradition. It’s had a significant role over 40 years and across three generations of Simpsons, Carrolls and Kokkelers, and has been given a new life to continue bringing enjoyment to this family. Stacy and Chet are planning to take a long, slow cruise down the Oregon and California coast in their T-Bird. They keep it well protected from the elements in a heated garage at their home in Junction City, but they rebuilt it to drive and to enjoy now – and when the time is right, to pass along to their daughter in order to continue their family tradition. In addition to being a one-of-a-kind vehicle, the Kokkeler’s Thunderbird was the last one to receive the President’s Choice Award given by then-president Dan Alley, who passed away unexpectedly in the fall of 2018. That means it will also be the car that ushers in a new tradition at the Function 4 Junction. “We are pleased to announce the introduction of the Dan Alley President’s Choice Award,” said Corrie Lucas, who has stepped up to fill Dan’s role as president of the Function 4
Junction organization. “This ‘56 T-Bird was the last pick of Dan’s, and now it will also be the first of an annual award going forward.” “It’s hard to say exactly why Dan chose this car over the wide range of automobiles he had to choose from, but it certainly helped that Dan was a Ford guy,” Corrie added. “He and I made many trips back to this car that day, and we noticed something new about it every time we looked.” So enjoy this look at a car that impressed a man who saw thousands of highly impressive automobiles in his time – and keep an eye out for it in the 2019 Show ‘N Shine as well...
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ome vehicles are immediately identifiable - not because they were widely popular models or highly advertised on television, but because they offer an easily recognizable profile with unique accessories and touches of trim. Nancy and Gary Burnett have one of those cars. They drove over from Springfield in their picture-perfect 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe Convertible last June – with their dog Brandy aboard – and drove back home owning the Editor’s Choice Award. With its baby-blue paint and white interior accents, the car stands out even from a distance. It’s the length and the lines of this automobile that really draws your attention, however. The body design is a textbook example of how to shape a big, heavy automobile, and the Chevy could be used to define the classic car era of the late 1940s and early 1950s. It wasn’t the car the Burnetts were continued next page
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looking for when they walked into the back room of Summer’s Classic Car Company in Eugene two years ago. Gary had been hoping for years to find a’55 Plymouth, a model that he remembered from his youth and always wanted, but he was there that day to see a Model T that the dealer thought would interest him, because Gary already has a 1923 Model T dump truck that the Burnetts plan to bring to this year’s show. “I wasn’t interested in the Model T, but my wife and daughter both fell in love with the ‘51.” Gary said. “We made an offer, but the fellow who was handling the sale wanted to do some work on it first. He lowered it, removed the skirts and switched from whitewalls to low-profile tires and spoke wheels. Nancy went back to look at it and she didn’t want it that way.” In the end, Nancy convinced him to restore it to the way she had originally seen it and sell it for the price she had first offered. The history of the car isn’t fully known. It was owned by a fellow named Gary Warren, who passed away a few years ago. As far as Gary has been able to tell, the restoration was fully stock aside from the conversion to a 12-volt system. There were a few repairs needed, seals and bushings were replaced and a new tonneau cover was made. They like to cruise in the Chevy and drove it to a halfdozen shows last summer. “Our dog Brandy really loves
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attended my first-ever car show last summer when I covered the 15th annual Crow Car Show for the Fern Ridge Review, Veneta’s newspaper. For me it was just another assignment, as I was not – and am still not – knowledgeable about cars. I had no idea what to expect. I certainly didn’t think that I would be moved by what I always considered to be other people’s hobby. Having arrived at the event early on July 14, I was surprised to see how many cars were already parked on the Crow High School athletic field grass, ready for viewing as the late morning sun glinted off rows of brightly painted hoods. The show was already abuzz with excitement because the fundraiser for the Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District had to take a year off in 2017 due to a lack of volunteers. It was many requests from the community that convinced the Crow Booster Club to bring it back, and on the day of the
show the community certainly did show up in support. I was definitely impressed by the turnout. An organizer told me that 79 vehicles pre-registered for the show, but the sameday registration was more than they expected, so they now thought there would be more than 100 cars on display.
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“The largest car show so far was about 112,” said Booster Club member Ali Cheers. “We are hoping to beat that.” “Our club not only supports and helps maintain our sports, but we also provide support to all areas of academic and the arts from kindergarten through twelfth grade,” Cheers added. “That is something unique about our booster club; we don’t just focus on athletics.” The event includes several raffles and oral auctions, a kids zone, a free pancake breakfast and concessions along with the car show. Organizers said they were excited to add an Antique and Craft Fair in 2018. The free pancakes were served starting at 8am and the event went on until 3pm. From 9am to noon several raffles were held with prizes varying from family baskets to custom-made wood items. The auction started at 1pm and included baskets filled with items for ‘Date Night’, ‘Family Night’ and ‘Guys Night’, as well as larger items such as live trees, a truckload of gravel and a thermal imaging camera.
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The first car that caught my eye was an orange 1966 Ford Mustang. While I could see the aesthetic appeal, it wasn’t until I spoke to the owner, Dave Anderson, that I truly received some insight on what draws people to maintaining and showing old cars. Anderson’s Mustang has been in his family for three generations. The car is originally from Oakridge, and Anderson’s grandfather, Edward, was its second owner. Anderson remembers that when he was a child the car was parked in a special garage and no one was allowed in there. Eventually he bought the Mustang in 2011 from his aunt and started registering the car in shows. “It’s a great turnout,” Anderson said about the Crow show. “My wife likes the raffle, and there’s stuff for kids. It’s nice to have stuff to include the whole family. A lot of car shows don’t have that.” Although I couldn’t talk to everyone about their connection to their cars – seeing as most individuals were too busy checking out the show themselves – I was sure Anderson’s story wasn’t a minority.
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Beyond the familial aspect, I was also intrigued by how many owners had an extensive history of their cars. There was one 1961 Chevy Impala which had a sign explaining the car was unrestored, original stock with all numbers matching and 19,000 original miles. If someone asked me today what my car’s mileage was, I wouldn’t even know that. Although I admired and respected all the beautiful cars that made it to the event, the ones that really drew me in were vehicles from the 1920s and 1930s. I’ve been told I’m an old soul, and out of all past eras the ones I really resonate with in my personal style and overall interest are those decades. The presence of cars that I only thought I would see in old black-and-white movies was an eye-opening experience. My favorite car of the show was a 1931 Ford 5-window Coupe owned by Dick MaLosh. This bright green car was painted with flames on its side, and was truly a unique vehicle. Something about it just made you want to jump in and race it down the highway – naturally, sporting a hair scarf and large sunglasses to fit the ambiance. Sponsors who donated for the tee-shirts were Industrial Finishes & Systems; Veneta Dairy Queen; The Tractor Store; Oregon Lox Company; Alliant Systems; the McNutt Group; and Margie McNutt Glass. Concessions were sponsored by
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Lane Electric Cooperative; Knee Deep Cattle Company; 4-Star Meat; and Ray’s Food Place. Large auction items were donated by Dwight Wartenbee Trucking; Conser Quarry; Veneta Veterinary Hospital; Ideal Steel; White Water Well Drilling; Eoff Electric Supply; and Eugene Wholesale Nursery. “We thank all of ours sponsors and donors,” Cheers said. “This event would not be able to happen without them.” So my first car show was a success. I got the story and photos I needed, but I came away with something even more important: a greater appreciation for this hobby. Speaking with people like Anderson, whose car is essentially another member of his family, and witnessing the care that people take to revitalize these vehicles, made me feel grateful as a journalist to be invited into 1966 Ford Mustang owned by Michael Jenks this world.
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hen you’re ready to order some food at the 99 Grill in Harrisburg, it helps if you know song titles and iconic names from the 50’s and 60’s. You can, for example, order a ‘Hello Mary Lou’ to be served a goldenbrown Belgian waffle for breakfast, or just say ‘Chantilly Lace’ if you’d rather have French toast. Craving some oldfashioned buttermilk pancakes? That would be the ‘Leave It To Beaver’
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“Would recommend this place for whatever you’re craving – will keep returning! The only sad part was we didn’t have room left for the homemade pies or banana splits!” ~ online review
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“We have always supported the car community as part of the larger community,” Curt added. “It runs in the family, I suppose – my in-laws once owned the Ford Grill in Springfield that featured a ‘49 Ford parked on the roof.” Online reviews offer a great deal of praise for the food and the service, with several guests mentioning that the place was quite busy when they came in but the servers were very attentive and made sure that diners were seated right away. Dinner specials are added and changed frequently. As an example, lovers of Italian food can treat themselves to Chicken Parmesan, Lasagna & Fettuccini Alfredo with a dinner salad and garlic toast for just $14.95. The 99 Grill is in downtown Harrisburg at 290 North 3rd St. They’re open from 6am until 9pm every day. You can check for specials and see their full menu online at: www.facebook.com/the99Grill.
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Remembering Ron Lee
ast year in this space we said goodbye to Bob Lee. This year we need to celebrate the memory of Ron Lee, who was Bob’s brother. Ron had heart surgery in January followed by a stroke; he passed away on Jan. 19 of this year when he couldn’t recover from those medical emergencies. Ron was known for his many interests and abilities, but he was an engineer first and foremost, with a focus on learning how things worked and could be improved. “He loved cars, motorcycles, boats and he liked to go fast,” said Crystal Freeman, who became friends with Ron and his wife Cookie many years ago. “He was a pilot, world traveler, safari hunter and a solid businessman who meant a great deal to this community.”
Crystal mentioned that Ron was a member of the Buses ‘N Bikes club, a unique group of folks who could afford a motor coach and also loved to ride motorcycles. She added that Dan Alley introduced her to Ron when Dan thought her marketing skills could help Ron with one of his many projects. In 2013, Ron’s 1946 Harley Davidson won the F4J award for Best Motorcycle. It seems a small thing for a man who accomplished so much in his life, but it was a moment that brought a huge smile to his face. He will be missed...
Ron and Cookie Lee led the rebirth of Country Coach in Junction City, bringing back dozens of jobs that were lost after the company they helped to create was closed down. Ron and Cookie have long been a part of the Function family. That’s them below with friends during a Cruise in their 1939 Ford.
Scholarship Fundraiser Raffle
Once again we will hold our annual Raffle to raise money for scholarships for local youth. We have over $3000 in prizes from dozens of merchants with more coming in everyday. The Raffle will take place at the Show ‘N Shine on Saturday, June 1. Tickets will be sold ($1 each or 6 for $5) at the raffle booth located in the heart of the show, in the US Bank parking lot at Sixth & Greenwood. Credit cards will be accepted. Prizes, prizes and more prizes! A 1-year membership to AAA Auto Club; rounds of golf at Fiddler’s Green and Diamond Woods; life jackets donated by Guaranty Chevrolet; auto care from Top Flite Automotive and Firestone Complete Auto Care, plus paint from Miller Paint. How about a bottle of olive oil from OMG Olive Oil or a hand-made cutting board from Landerking Custom Woodworking? There are gift cards from BJ’s, Fast Track Car Wash, Red Lobster, Jerry’s Home Improvement Center, Target, Countryside Pizza, The Duck Store, Sizzler, Track Town Pizza, The Chic Geek and many more. Gift baskets from Willamette Properties Group, Farmer’s Insurance, O’Reilly Auto Parts, State Farm Insurance and Bennett Vineyards will be given away. NAPA Auto Parts is donating a Power Washer again this year. With all of this and more to come, your odds of winning are pretty good, so don’t miss out! This year we will also auction off a Car Show Quilt made by board member Margaret Foster using F4J T-shirts. A similar quilt sold at a different auction for $1500 in 2018. For this auction, cash and debit cards only will be accepted.
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