Archive for Monday, August 25, 2008

Old cars build new friendships

August 25, 2008

It didn't take much convincing for Jim Cannon to get involved in car shows. At the urging of a friend in Eudora, Cannon bought his first classic car about 12 years ago.

Cannon still has that 1953 Chevy Bel Air, and it will be one of three cars he'll display in the De Soto Days car show August 31.

"It's just the chance to meet new people," Cannon said when asked what he likes best about the shows. "It's pretty nice. You meet somebody new every time you go to one of these."

Along with the Bel Air, Cannon plans to display a 1932 Chevy Sedan and a 1954 Ford F-100 pickup.

Cannon and event organizer Mary Guntert expect the turnout for the show to be about average, and both say that means about 30 cars. Cannon said the event draws about the same number of cars as annual shows in Eudora and Lawrence.

The car show will start immediately following the parade, which begins at 10 a.m., Aug. 31. After the parade, classic car owners will pull their cars into Miller Park where the car show will run until judging starts at 3 p.m.

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