The Jefferson Car Show, sponsored by Jefferson High School students and staff, had good luck for its 13th annual show on Saturday, May 12 at Jefferson High School. Under a cloudless sky and warm temperatures, a record 190 cars showed up. The Jefferson Car Show is more familiar with rain, snow, ice, and high winds. Antique car owners stay away when the weather is bad, but like the flyer says, “Rain or Shine”, the show goes on because it is for a good cause. 2012 was all shine.
The Jefferson Car Show benefits programs in the high school’s Technology Department. Funds are raised from the $5 car entry fee and selling raffle tickets and refreshments. Lyle Odland was the school principal when it started and he comes back every year to help and be the emcee. “This program helps kids stay in school,” said Odland.
Businesses in the community also helped by donating items for the raffle.
Cars competed in a number of categories like Best Former Student Car, Best Student Car and Special Interest Choice Award.
The 2012 Special Interest Choice Award was a 1952 Buick Camper that was commercially marketed as “The Dreamer”. Jody Ruhmann accepted the award. She attended Jefferson High School and graduated in 1974. Her children, also Jefferson graduates, were at the car show with their cars. Her son Beau Ruhmann graduated in 1996 and brought his rat rod, a purchase he and his wife made in lieu of a beach destination honeymoon. A rat rod is typically a version of the 1950s hot rods but it is unfinished with only the bare essentials needed to drive it. Rat rod builders follow their own artistic rules and are the opposite of antique restoration purists. Everything on Beau Ruhmann’s 1936 Chevy is original and left unfinished. He found the parts driving around on gravel roads.
Another special car brought by the Ruhmann’s to the show was a 1966 Impala Convertible. Beau Ruhmann’s grandfather restored it. “It was the last thing he did before he died. He wanted it to be original,” said Ruhmann. The Impala is stored in a garage in the winter and driven an average of 1,000 miles each summer.
One of the newest cars in the show was a 2006 ½ Scion xB embellished with faux fur interior, crushed velvet executive luxury VIP tables, crystal chandelier, crystal
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