Anoka Classic Car Show wraps up season with grand finale

The Anoka Classic Car show wrapped up another successful season with its grand finale Saturday, Sept. 22.

Terry Gerherdson of St. Francis (center) proudly shows off his 1949 Pontiac he spent more than two years restoring.

Terry Gerherdson of St. Francis (center) proudly shows off his 1949 Pontiac he spent more than two years restoring.

Hundreds of vehicles were on display at the Anoka County Fairgrounds for the finale of the show, which ran on Saturday nights all summer long in downtown Anoka.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the ACBC Food Shelf.

The show attracts classic car buffs from all over the metro.

While the weather bordered on cool and cloudy for the day, plenty of classic car owners wheeled their prized possessions out to the fairgrounds for the finale.

Terry Gerherdson of St. Francis has finished his 1949 Plymouth after more than two years of restoration. This is the fourth classic car he has brought back to life.

It was the torpedo back that attracted him to devote so much time restoring this particular model.

“She looked like she was going 100 miles an hour in the junk yard,” he said.

Gerherdson drove the ‘49 to Des Moines, Iowa, this summer.

“She was just a lady on the highway,” he said, noting that he got 13 miles per gallon on the trip.

Ralph Altenweg of Dayton was attracting quite a bit of attention with his vehicle, a Model A ford that had been retrofitted to be used as a tractor.

“During the second world war it was hard for a farmer to buy a tractor, so a lot of them turned their cars into tractors,” he said.

On the back end of the vehicle Altenweg also had a replica of Henry Ford’s first engine, which was built in 1893.

Saturday’s finale was open to more than just the classic cars that have been on display on 16 different Saturday nights throughout the summer in downtown Anoka. By allowing all types and years of cars in, it opens up the show to other car shows, said Brad Holmbo of Anoka Wrestling, the non profit which has taken over the organization of the weekly car shows.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

  • Bill

    Nice to see the cars and remember days of old.
    Maybe the Car Owners should think about using the “North Exit” as they would have a better line of sight entering HIGHWAY 47. When they have their show next year.

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