The day started off a bit spotty – a rain on the windshields kind of spotty – but by mid-afternoon, the fourth annual EuroFest Car Show was bustling with European car enthusiasts.
Mike Blodgett, of Fort Wayne, and his 14-year-old son Will ogled the rows of sleek Lamborghinis, Audis, Volkswagens and Porsches.
Blodgett’s father Mark, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, also joined them for an afternoon of admiring automobiles in one of IPFW’s parking lots.
The amount of care and detail that people put into their cars is just amazing, Mike Blodgett said. It’s nice to be able to meet the owners and hear the stories about how they restore them.
The show, presented by the Three Rivers Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, began four years ago as a show just for Mercedes, but expanded in its second year to include all German vehicles.
Year three, the Mercedes-Benz Club opened the car show to all European cars and since then, it’s grown to about 60 participants, said Jason Bogan, vice president of the club.
Cars that entered the show were eligible for a top award in their model class. Additional awards were given for best time capsule, best rims, cleanest car, best sounding horn, best convertible, best custom and most miles.
Bogan said the event attracts both older car lovers and speed-seeking youngsters.
We’re definitely seeing a mix of people, Bogan said.
The younger crowd is most likely attracted by films like the Fast and the Furious series, which emphasizes turbo-charged cars and street racing clubs, he added.
Among the younger car owners was Dillon Honor, 26, who recently restored a 1977 Holden Torana A9X.
Honor said he’d been looking for the exact model since seeing one in a car show about 12 years ago and finally found one for sale on eBay.
It was in Sacramento (California) so I had to have it shipped, Honor said.
But finding parts was the tricky part, he added.
I have a good friend in Australia who actually shipped the parts to me. For the body kit, I think it was $700 for the kit, but $600 for shipping, he said with a laugh.
The Torana, which was built to race in the Australian Touring Car Championship, is one of 40 or 50 cars Honor has purchased to fix up over the years. But this one he plans to keep close to his heart – and in his garage – for many years.
As far as this exact body style, there are maybe 15 in the country, Honor said. I’m keeping this one around.