The 31st Annual Wild Rice Days Auto Show, sponsored by Grand Timber Bank, had hundreds of participants and admirers during McGregor’s Wild Rice Days celebration on Saturday, Aug. 31. The car show is a popular event, and this year it drew 107 entries compared to last year’s 100 and 79 the previous year.

Awards were presented for Best of Show and for first and second place in the categories of special interest, collectors, rat rods, resto-modifieds, street rods, muscle cars, convertibles, trucks and unrestored originals – ’75 and older. Nostalgic music from the 50s and 60s was provided by Ben Horton of Ben’s Hot Country Karaoke.

Lauren R. Lampi, Grand Rapids, won the Best of Show award as well as the first place trophy in the Collector ’61-70 category with his 1961 Chrysler 300G.

Tim Owens, Isle, won first place in the Collector ‘71-present category for the second year in a row with a 1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. Owens won in the same category last year with a different car – a 1971 Oldsmobile 442 he purchased in 1981, the year he graduated. He almost sold the car in the 80s, but says he is so glad he hung onto it. The car was restored in 1995 and Owens says, “I would never get rid of it now.”

Winners for 2019 in each category is as follows:

A) - Special Interest

1st Place – Gary Homstad - 1968 replica Super Stock Dart

2nd Place –Elden Lindamood - 1968 TVR Vixen

B) Collector – ’50 & Older

1st Place – Henry Thompson - 1928 Dodge Brother

2nd Place – Patrick McCarthy - 1950 Studebaker Champion

C) Collector – ’51 To ‘60

1st Place – Richard Druny - 1957 Chevy Bel Air

2nd Place – Duane Shaffer - Chevy Fleetline

D) Collector – ’61 To ‘70

1st Place – Lauren R. Lampi - 1961 Chrysler 300G

2nd Place – Chris Bernsdorf - 1968 GT 390 Mustang

E) Collector – ’71 through Present

1st Place – Tim Owens – 1972 Olds Vista Cruiser

2nd Place – Gail Drury – 1973 Corvette

F) Street Rod- Any Year

1st Place – Dave Trees - 1930 Ford Model A

2nd Place – Ryan Johnson - 1931 Chevy

G) Rat Rod

1st Place – Todd Clyne - 1948 Willys Wagon

2nd Place – John Tillman - 1928 Ford Model A

H) Muscle Cars

1st Place – Ricky Connolly - 1968 Camaro

2nd Place – Kurt Drewelow - 1966 Cobra

I) Convertibles

1st Place – Tom & Mj Aslakson - 1955 Starliner

2nd Place – Bob Ransom - 1941 Ford Convertible

J) Trucks

1st Place – Kevin Hanson - 1965 Chevy Suburban

2nd Place – Mike Macioch - 1958 Ford F100 Panel

K) Resto-Modified

1st Place – Dean Christiansen - 1964 Comet

2nd Place – Larry Cavalliere - 1963 Chevy Impala SS

L) Unrestored Originals ’75 and Older

1st Place – John Rosecrans - 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo

2nd Place – Randy Souter - 1949 International

Best of Show – Lauren R. Lampi - 1961 Chrysler 300G

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