Down in Caras Park on Friday afternoon Dick Dickerboom circled around his 1978 Ford Pinto. He wiped anything that could tarnish the waxing he did earlier.
Dickerboom describes the car as cheap and indestructible. It isn't the oldest hot rod he owns, that title goes to his '29 Roadster. He said his dog hates it because it is too loud. But there is something about this '78 Pinto that makes it his favorite.
Dickerboom got his first muscle car in 1953 and has been collecting ever since. He used to take his cars to more shows like this.
"When you're 82 years old you get showed out," Dickerboom said.
Dickerboom, of Washington, and four of his friends decided to drive their hot rods to Missoula for the Garden City River Rod Run, he said.
Leidy Wagener, operations coordinator with the Missoula Downtown Association, said this was the 16th year of the show.
"It's a pretty unique thing to put on," Wagener said. "We do things like this as way of including every interest in the community."
Each year the Garden City River Run has a theme chosen by Marty Bourassa, a member of the show for 13 years. Bourassa said it is a way to gain interest in the show for certain car owners.
The highlight of this year – Buicks.
The oldest Buick is a blue 1950 Buick Super Riviera owned by Jason Hanenburg and his wife Cindy Hanenburg.
The original owners of the car were Charles and Fern Wallace of Havre. Charles took the train to Detroit and drove it back home. After Fern Wallace passed away at 90, the car was passed down to her grandson Bob Stromberg in Great Falls. Stromberg passed it down to his daughter Cindy Hanenburg.
"I'm seeing that it'll stay in the family," Jason Hanenburg said.
The Garden City River Rod Run continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities culminate with the weekend’s award presentation at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Caras Park. Awards for Best Ford, Best Chevy, Best GM, Best Vintage, Best Street Rod, Best Special Interest, Best Pickup, Best Mopar, Best in Show and Sponsor’s Choice will be presented.
The Garden City River Rod Run is produced by the Missoula Downtown Association and sponsored by Zip Beverage, Bretz RV, and Rick’s Auto Body