MUNSTER | Thousands of car lovers descended on Community Park on Saturday for the 15th annual Car & Cycle Show.
Sponsored by the Munster Parks and Recreation Department and The Times Media Co., the show attracted several hundred entries in 23 categories of stock and modified vehicles as well as motorcycles, said Barb Holajter, recreation director with the Munster parks department.
Other show sponsors included BMW of Schererville, Century Roofing, Circle Buick GMC, Dunnet Bay Construction, Encompass, First Midwest Bank, Hubinger Landscaping Corp., Kotecki-Turek-Shannahan Insurance Agency, Midwest Electric Inc., Topnotch Silkscreening and Webb Hyundai.
It was a trip down memory lane for some as they recalled the cars of their youth. For others, it was a chance to see such legendary vehicles as the 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE up close.
A year ago, Laura and Doug Stuart, of Munster, bought the green Jaguar, which has all its original parts, including white wall tires and side mirrors mounted near the front of the car’s fenders.
“I like the shape of it. It’s unique,” said Marcus White, of Griffith.
Another Jaguar admirer, Fred Knox, of St. John, called the James Bond-esque car “a work of art.”
The 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air restored by Bill Horvat, of Lowell, and his 11-year old grandson, Will Horvat, of Highland, also attracted a lot of attention from showgoers.
Among the modifications the Horvat family has made on the white Bel Air are a cartoon-like ghost and the phrase “Ghost from the Past” painted on the hood and chaise.
The show’s feature car was the Chevrolet Corvette, a sports car beloved by generations of auto enthusiasts.
Frank Morgan, of DeMotte, entered his 2004 Magnetic Red No. 2 Corvette convertible in Saturday’s show. His customizations include Corvette lettering and an emblem that features the red Corvette flag crossed with a black-and-white checkered racing flag.
“When you’re young, you couldn’t afford this car,” said Morgan, who is webmaster for the Valparaiso Vette Club. “Now that I’m retired, I decided it was time to own one.”
In addition to 17 community volunteers judging the cars for trophies, those attending got to vote for the Peoples’ Choice Award. The car owners entered in the show also picked the Best of Show award winner.