A note from Todd Swenson about his OHC Willys Pickup, award winning restoration:
“I have completed this 1962 (red & white) OHC Willys pickup. I finished it just in time for the Billings All Original Car Show and transported it 420 miles each way last weekend. There were close to 50 vehicles in the “light commercial truck” category. I was pretty bummed when I didn’t get 3rd or 2nd place and about fell off of my chair when they said I took 1st. The judges came up to me afterwards and were very generous with their comments, I was told that it judged in at 995 out of 1,000 points.”
“You have to send in an application with a detailed description & pictures; if your vehicle is modified, it’s disqualified. If it’s original enough, they mail you back an invite with your gate location. They limit the event to 300 vehicles – there is a survivor class & a restored original class with many sub-categories. I was told that it was runner-up for best in show, but some guy had to bring a 3.5 million dollar 1929 Willys Stearns Knight (one of one). Oh well, I voted for the Stearns myself!”
“My Dad took a 2nd place trophy with his 66 Mustang convertible. I told my Dad that I wasn’t coming, so he got quite a surprise! Well worth it just to see the grin on his face.”
is for enthusiasts of original, antique, and collector cars. This show is for original cars, restored or not. If the cars are 90% or better restored, this is acceptable also, but as close to original is desired. The cars are judged based on an 1000 point system of factory originality. There is even a class for “survivor” cars, faded paint, torn seats, scratched chrome, etc., but it must be as close to factory as possible. If the car is a hot rod or modified in any way, this car show is not for you. Entry is free as the clubs understand it takes a good bit of money to restore vehicles and transport them to the show. This is a great opportunity to experience cars just as they were produced and meant to be!
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Todd Swenson
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