COLUMBIA — The 27th annual All Ford Car Show drew crowds of dedicated car enthusiasts Sunday, despite the approximately 90-degree heat.
The show, put on by the Central Missouri Mustang and Ford Club, raised money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“This show offers a wide range of cars, and everyone has a different thing that they look for,” said John Braun, vice president of the Central Missouri Mustang and Ford Club. “Some want a car as classic and stock as possible, while others want a car with some modifications. Everyone has a different idea of what they think looks good.”
Sunday was the first time Brian Moore and his family attended the show.
“My family and I were passing through, and it’s Father’s Day," said Moore. "My wife loves Ford Cobras, and I’ve always wanted one. I kept a model of one as a kid.”
Moore and his 9-year-old son, Ian, browsed the selection of Fords, ranging from old, classic cars to newer models. The father-son duo talked about their future plans to renovate a 1967 International Scout.
“I bought the car off a family friend in Iowa who’s a farmer. It was only $500, and in a couple of weeks Ian and I will start repair work to the rust and body,” Moore said.
Moore grew up around engines and built his first motor at 9 years old; it is a hobby he has taken up with his son, Ian. After they finish with the International Scout, they plan to renovate a Bearhawk airplane.
“I work on old stuff. You can’t buy it, so you have to build it. That’s why people do it. It's unique, and it becomes something that people enjoy,” Moore said.
Kevin Bradley of Centralia has attended the show for four years and has received two first-place prizes and a second-place prize in his category. This is his first year as a spectator.
“I am the original owner of a 1973 Mustang Convertible. I got it for the first time when I was 16, and I got a letter from Ford saying there were only eight made,” Bradley said. “I have used it in over 30 shows, and it has been featured in the Miss Missouri pageants.”
Although his car was not featured in this year's show, Bradley loves going to car shows for fun. He takes great pride in his Mustang and enjoys looking at what others have done.
“I’ve had many offers on mine, but I won’t sell it. It’s my little girl,” Bradley said. “If you were to ask most of the people here, they are likely not the original owners of their cars. I’m one of the only people that can say that.”
Braun has been with the organization for three years and attributes his commitment to the club to his love of Mustangs.
“I had a 1972* Ford Mustang Mach 1 when I was 17 years old. Once you own a Mustang, it’s in your blood, and you can’t have that special bond with any other car. If you ask any driver, it becomes more about love than transportation,” Braun said.