BUTLER — A week after winning best show at an auto show in Bryan, Ohio, a bright red Chevrolet Impala owned by Roger Messenger took top honors again, this time at the Butler Days auto show.
The Reading, Michigan native has owned the car for 13 years, which was “pretty much all restored when I got it,” he said.
“After I got it, I had to change a few things in it. I put the vinyl seat covers in and that’s it, another engine in, and I’ve done all the painting under the hood,” Messenger said.
With its torch red exterior – according to Messenger it is a Corvette color – the two-door hardtop is an eye-catcher. It has a black interior and a 350 cubic inch engine.
That’s what made it so appealing to Messenger. When asked why he wanted the car, he said, “the color of it.
“It’s almost when I graduate. I wanted a 63, but a 64 is close enough,” he said.
The Mayor’s Choice trophy went to a 1937 Dodge pickup truck owned by Dan Foellinger of Fort Wayne. The Butler Police Department chose a 1967 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, owned by Rosemary Linchan of Wauseon, Ohio. The Butler Main Street Association selected a 1952 Ford owned by Lloyd Morrow of Hamilton.
A 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by Jake Ankney of Montpelier, Ohio, received the best Chevrolet. A 1965 Dodge Coronet owned by Bill Meyer of New Haven was voted the best Chrysler. A 1923 Ford T-bucket owned by Andrew and Kristin Kendall of Butler was selected as the best Ford.
A 1947 Chevrolet 5-window, owned by Robert Cramer of Paulding, Ohio, was voted the best truck. A 1979 International Scout owned by Marty Fogle of St. Joe won best 4×4.
A 1968 Kenworth owned by Bryan Oetting of Butler was voted best semi. A 2016 Harley-Davidson owned by Karen Armstrong of Montpelier was voted best motorcycle. A 1973 Volkswagon Super Beetle owned by Douglas Wheeler, of Bryan, won the special interest trophy.
The award for longest distance went to James Strawser, who brought a 2002 Dodge Stratus 74 miles from Adrian, Michigan.