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Badner’s ’67 red Ford Fairlane Best of Show from 127

Published 6:22pm Sunday, August 22, 2010

Andy Badner from Cassopolis won Best of Show from 127 vehicles Saturday at the 20th annual Dowagiac Rod and Roll Classic Auto Show. Co-Chairman Ed Kazlauskas, who won in 2009, presented Badner his trophy. (The Daily News/John Eby)
Andy Badner from Cassopolis won Best of Show from 127 vehicles Saturday at the 20th annual Dowagiac Rod and Roll Classic Auto Show. Co-Chairman Ed Kazlauskas, who won in 2009, presented Badner his trophy. (The Daily News/John Eby)

By JOHN EBY
Dowagiac Daily News

Best of Show on a wet, overcast 20th annual Dowagiac Rod and Roll Classic Auto Show Saturday went to Andy Badner of Cassopolis for his red 1967 Ford Fairlane.

Miss Dowagiac Katie Haneberg selected a 1967 Volkswagen deluxe station wagon entered by Susie Lucas from Allegan for the first Queen’s Choice trophy.

Lining up from 127 vehicles for the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce’s Parade of Winners for the other trophies to 28 top vote-getters were:
• Bill Cayo, Watervliet, a 1957 Chevy pickup.
• John and Flo Hunt, Paw Paw, a 1941 Studebaker President sedan.
• Dick Bragagnini, Schoolcraft, a 1961 Chevy Corvette.
• Scott Jurgenson, Dowagiac, a 1969 Chevy Camaro.
• John Jaskowiak, South Bend, Ind., a 1974 Chevy Camaro.
• Mary Ann Jaynes, Niles, a 1966 Pontiac GTO.
• Robbie Ferrier, Dowagiac, a 1966 Chevy pickup.
• Pat and Pam Williams, Elkhart, Ind., a 1956 Chevy Bel Air.
• Tom Meiser, Dowagiac, a custom-built 1981 Kawasaki CSR 650 motorcycle.
• Larry Pascoe, St. Joseph, a 1948 Ford Anglia.
• Jim Smith, Dowagiac, a 1950 Mercury hardtop owned by John Hrycko.
• Archie Barkman, Niles, a 1965 Chevy Corvette.
• Barry Witters, Granger, Ind., a 1931 Chevy five-passenger coupe.
• Randy Westbrook, Coloma, a 1959 Chevy Corvette.
• Steve Lutes, Dowagiac, a 1954 Chevy delivery sedan.
• Larry Habel, Galien, a 1946 Chevy pickup.
• Bob Myers, Dowagiac, driving Sue Kazlauskas’ hot pink 1970 Dodge Challenger.
• Bud Kronewitter, Mishawaka, Ind., a 1940 Ford deluxe coupe.
• Roger and Joyce Yerington, Benton Harbor, a 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2.
• Garrett Miller, Three Rivers, a 1971 Buick Riviera.
• Dave Kelley, Riverside, a 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda.
• Don Richcreek, Dowagiac, a 1938 GMC C.O.E.
• Ed Thomas, Goshen, Ind., a 1966 Chevy SS Chevy II.
• Ed Kazlauskas, Dowagiac, a 1926 International beer truck.
• Bob Cook, Dowagiac, a 1980 Suzuki motorcycle.
• Jim Kazlauskas, Dowagiac, a 1997 Dodge Ram SS/T.
• Jim Moore, Cassopolis, a 1933 Chevy stake truck.

Rod and Roll was organized by Ed and Sue Kazlauskas, owners of Jim D.’s Body Shop and The Marshall Shoppe, and Curt and Debbie Rohdy, owners of John and Curt’s Brake and  Alignment, who thanked Scott Jurgenson, Ron Lavell, Jimmy Kazlauskas, Chad Rohdy, Steve Bell, Art Springsteen, Jim Smith, Tom Meiser and Miss Dowagiac Katie Haneberg and her court, First Runner-up Taylor Gross, Second Runner-up Alyse Pellow and Miss Congeniality Marissa Tidey for their assistance.

Sixteen businesses underwrote trophies: Beeson Street Bar and Grill, Wayne Browning/Snap-On Tools, Butler Tree Farm and Campground, Cass Auto Supply, Chet Nichols Inc. Auto Parts, Dominion Deals on Wheels, John and Curt’s Brake and Alignment, Dowagiac Auto Service, Flint’s Auto Repair, Jim D’s Body Shop, Laurie Anne’s, R&D Sewer and Drain Cleaning, Steinman’s Shell, Sunray Restorations and Saylor’s Front Street Pizzeria.

The first 125 auto owners to register for the show received dash plaques sponsored by Drs. Charles Burling and Jon Gillesby, JAC Custom Pouches Inc. and True’s Towing and Recovery.

Collector’s coffee mugs were sponsored by Imperial Furniture, Keystone Automotive, Mahar Insurance, Ridge/Napa Auto Parts and the Wounded Minnow Saloon.

Nineteen businesses underwrote the cost of T-shirts presented to the first 125 auto owners to register for the show.

These corporate sponsors included Ausra Equipment, Beeson Street Bar and Grill, Burling TLC, Deals on Wheels, Dowagiac Auto Service, Finish Master Auto Paints, First Choice Automotive, Fryman’s Construction, Hale’s Hardware, Harding’s Friendly Market, Jim D’s Body Shop, John and Curt’s Brak and Alignment, Pizza Hut, Ridge/Napa Auto Parts, Rohdy’s Heating and Cooling, Saylor’s Front Street Pizzeria, True’s Towing and Recovery, Wayne Browning/Snap-On Tools and Wolverine Mutual Insurance Co.

Bill Craft of The Beat Goes On deejay service spun the music for the first time.

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