'Rat rod' truck among competition at 38th annual car show

Sunday, October 7, 2012 | 7:56 p.m. CDT; updated 9:54 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 7, 2012
A variety of vehicles were entered in the Old Wheels car show on Sunday, including a 1946 Hudson truck that paid tribute to veterans.

COLUMBIA — Don Grogan and Ron Bogg’s 1946 Hudson pickup wasn’t like the other vehicles at the 38th annual Old Wheels car show at Nifong Park. 

It had no shine, little polish and wasn’t painted with bright red or yellow paint to attract attendees from afar.

It was brown and had blotches of black and white in some places. Parts of the truck's outer metal showed signs of rust, and a sizable black toy rat sat atop the truck to signify that it was a competitor in the “rat rod” portion of the car show. But the unique part of the truck was its signatures from military veterans, which covered it from top to bottom. Grogan and Boggs both served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

“We kind of like it because it gets a lot of attention,” Grogan said.

Grogan and Bogg's venture into the car show world started three years ago when they decided to assemble a pickup truck from scrap parts. They labeled their truck as a 1946 Hudson because both the hood and cab are from that year and model. Grogan said the winter project kept the Jefferson City pair out of trouble.

Their pickup has been featured at other car shows, such as the one held in Fort Leonard Wood on Saturday, Grogan said. During the summer months, Jefferson City also holds car cruises where Grogan and Boggs, among others, bring out their car for show even when there isn’t a competition.

This year, the Old Wheels car show gave out 29 awards for the different classes and categories of cars, said Mike Koonse, the show's chairperson. 

This is the first year the Old Wheels car club has partnered with Columbia Parks and Recreation and the Boone County Historical Societyto have the show held at Nifong Park. The show has previously been held at Hickman High School, the Bass Pro Shop and downtown, said Eddie Hedrick of the car show committee.

“It’s just kind of a nice setting for this,” Hedrick said of the new location.

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