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Team photograph by Fritz Busch
Participants in the 20th once-a-year New Ulm Autofest introduced their vehicles Monday to the restored Shell fuel pumps next to the Brown County Historic Annex. They involve from still left, New Ulm’s Lee Knauf in his 1966 Chevrolet Corvair, New Ulm’s Jerry Schugel in his 1956 Buick Century, New Ulm’s Tony Miller in his 1959 Studebaker Ranger, New Ulm’s Ron Ubl in his 1937 Ford, New Ulm’s Floyd Dorn in his 1953 Ford Sunliner and Dan Johnson of Fairfax in his 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III.

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NEW ULM — The 20th annual New Ulm Autofest ’22 starts Saturday, June 25, with a free of charge drive-in movie “Smokey and the Bandit” at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

The 1977 American street motion comedy stars Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Subject, Jerry Reed and other people.

In scenario you don’t don’t forget, the exhibit options two bootleggers attempting to illegally transport 400 conditions of beer from Texarkana to Atlanta.

The Snowman (Reed) drives the semi and Bandit (Reynolds) drives a Pontiac Trans Am to distract regulation enforcement –called blocking — to keep awareness off the Snowman.

The movie was the 2nd optimum-grossing domestic movie in 1977.

Warm canines, popcorn, pop and water will be out there at the film. Approximate start time is 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The motor vehicle and motorbike display, with more than 400 registered autos every 12 months, starts at 9 a.m. Sunday and proceeds to 3 p.m. Registration and admission is freed and contains calendars and can coolers and other freebies for the very first 350 contributors. Drawings will be held all working day.

The display will include things like a design motor vehicle contest, swap satisfy and pink females garage for ladies.

The featured show motor vehicle is a 1963 full-dimension, tailored Chevy wagon, owned by the Ranweilers of Display Cars and trucks Automotive of New Ulm. The auto gained almost just about every big personalized auto award in The usa in 2020-21, together with the 2020 Detroit Autorama Don Ridler Award.

Tony Miller of New Ulm will clearly show his 1959 Studebaker Ranger Sunday.

“It’s a plain Jane without the need of a radio,” Miller mentioned. “I acquired it from Brian Kuebler at Sleepy Eye Car Salvage and Auto Revenue in 2016, about a 12 months after I retired from 3M.”

Miller stated he had some overall body function performed to the car and designs to add an following-market place radio and fix up the interior for comfort and ease.

“It catches people’s eyes. I get a couple thumbs-up now and once more,” additional Miller. “I was born in 1959 and required a classic vehicle the exact same age as me. It’s a enjoyable vehicle. I like functioning on it.”

Miller explained he belongs to the national Edsel Proprietors Club and has observed areas for it in North Dakota and as much away as Pennsylvania.

“It’s sad to see individuals use them in demolition derbies, because they are so sturdy,” stated Miller.

Other Autofest members who arrived to the restored Shell gasoline pumps subsequent to the Brown County Historical Culture Annex provided Lee Knauf of New Ulm and his 1966 Chevrolet Corvair with 29,000 primary miles.

“It was owned by the proverbial little outdated woman,” Knauf explained. “I didn’t restore it. It is all original.”

Jerry Schugel of New Ulm talked about his 1956 Buick Century.

“I identified it in Southern California about 20 many years in the past and restored it,” Schugel stated.

Ron Ubl of New Ulm claimed he bought two 1937 Fords in trade for executing a shingling occupation in Courtland and designed a person car or truck from the areas.

“A tree fell on one particular of them,” reported Ubl. “It’s seriously a Heinz 57 with a 231 cubic inch Buick V6 motor, Chevy Corvair front suspension, Ford Mustang rack and pinion steering, Chevy Nova rear stop, AMC Gremlin rear springs and a radiator from a Ford tractor that suit ideal in.”

Floyd Dorn of New Ulm claimed he discovered his 1953 Ford Sunliner convertible in a Dawson salvage property.

“It was 1 of a restricted number designed as the Indianapolis 500 Race Speed Auto,” mentioned Dorn.

Brad Johnson of Fairfax restored a 1971 Lincoln Mark III Continental with a 460 cubic inch V8 engine he bought in Redwood Falls.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed at [email protected])

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