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It takes a village: Average Joe Car Show

 

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Custom pickups, hot rods and collector cars all made it to the Evanswood Village Car Show.

 

Troy goes by the name “Lucky.” He has a shop on the highway in Weyauwega, Wis., where he sells automobilia, petroliana and car gift items. Every June, for the past couple of years, he has put on an event called The Average Joe Car Show.

Lucky’s shop is one of a group of old-fashioned looking gift shops that together are known as Evanswood Village. The other shops sell everything from knick-knacks to food items. Lucky sells “car stuff.” If you travel to the Iola Car Show, you might like stopping by Lucky’s place.

His show has become very popular in this neck of the woods. People like the name, they like the cost and they like all the activities. There are burn-out contests and flame-throwing contest. Smoke and fire scare me, but a lot of folks go wild when some hot rods “light ‘em up.”

Another thing people like is the diversity of the show. It doesn’t matter if you bring a Model A stake truck or a late-model custom pickup, you can enter it in Lucky’s show. In fact, you may even win a prize.

This year the weather was very hot, but it didn’t seem to hold down the crowd. Several hundred cars and trucks were on hand. There was even an antique fire engine, a custom-made New Beetle woodie and a modified 1941 Studebaker pickup.

Whatever he’s doing, Lucky seems to be in tune with old-car hobbyists People like the show and come back year after year and they often bring friends along with them.

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