PC car show has quality expo

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Among the classy autos on display at the Pierce City Car Show, from right to left, were: a 1927 Ford roadster, owned by Dave Welters, of Shell Knob; a 1934 Plymouth coupe, owned by Cliff Farmer; and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Aire two door, owned by Larena Farmer. [Times Photos by Murray Bishoff]

The 24th annual Pierce City Car Show was held on Sunday, employing the scheduled rain day because of the passing of Hurricane Isaac. Show day conditions were sunny and pleasant as the show returned to Pierce City's South Park.

"We had a smaller turnout than usual, with 45 entries," said organizers Kevin and Ronda Hatfield, "but the quality of the vehicles was excellent."

The winners in the Lunch Money Class, reserved for car owners 21 years old and younger, were Mathew Cooper, of Pierce City, first place; Ricky Kessinger II, of Pierce City, in second place; and Cory Hartman, of Monett, in third place. The consolation prize went to Kody Puckett, of Pierce City.

Pierce City's South Park provided a relaxed setting on Sunday for the 24th annual Pierce City Car Show. Exhibitors set up under the trees on both sides of the park road with their vehicles. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]

In the motorcycle division, Ricky Kessinger took first and second place. Ed Pachlhofer, of Bella Vista, Ark., won third place.

Awards were presented to the top 75 vehicles. All participants went home with a plaque.

First place winners were Roger Bandy, Verona; Charles Pritchett, Marionville; Ken Bandy, Monett; Terry and Cathy Clendening, Springfield; John Verbrugge, Eagle Rock; Clett Pattyson, Joplin; Larena Farmer, Fayetteville, Ark.; Barbara and Harlan Russell, Carthage; Breanne Hill, Nixa; John Dorman, Joplin; Nick and Karen Crouch, Diamond; Cliff Farmer, Fayetteville; Dave Walters, Shell Knob; Don Erickson, Shell Knob; Knut and Barbara Farstvedt, Columbus, Kan.; James Mulvaney, Lincoln, Ark.; Pamela Albrecht, Rogers, Ark.; Norbert and Rosemary Lehar, Neosho; Mike Peachee, Garfield, Ark.; Chris and Ro Eads, Neosho; Pat Price, Galena, Kan.; John Wettstein, Joplin; Charles Koehler, Joplin; Shane and Dylan Haddock, Neosho; Reid and Sandra Alexander, Lamar.

One of the happy stories at the Pierce City Car Show was the success of John and Fern Wettsein, of Joplin, showing the 1934 Ford pickup that took four and a half years to rebuild. John's father found the vehicle in a farm field near Neosho in the 1990s. Father and son planned to restore the truck together. After John's father passed away, it took several more years for John to get started, but the project became both a passion and a tribute. The truck has won numerous awards since restoration concluded in April, including three trophies at one show this summer. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]

Second place winners were Don Hanna, Joplin; Dora Chew, Carl Junction; Robert and Sharon Houser, Galena, Kan.; George and Michael Keels, Neosho; Regina Ward, Neosho; Mike Rodrigues, Reeds Spring; Ed and Carol Buck, Joplin; Bob Etherton, Joplin; Jim Grube, Diamond; Tom Starr, Seneca; and Wayne Sooter, Pierce City, with two second place finishes.

Special awards went to Lavena Farmer, from Fayetteville, receiving the Paula Sooter Memorial Award for her S7 Chevrolet two-door hard top. Ken Bandy received the top points award for early cars for his 1969 Chevrolet Corvette. The top points winner in late model cars went to John Verbrugge for his 2008 Mustang GT 500 KR.

The top points winner for early trucks went again this year to Terry and Cathy Clendening for their 1950 Chevrolet pickup. The Committee's Choice Award went to Clett Pattyson for his 1969 Superbee.

Kevin Hatfield said the park provided shade and a cooler setting than the church parking lot used for the show in recent years. Organizers planned to explore moving the car show to a regular Labor Day weekend event.

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