Unique rides are on display at the Highlands Motor Show, which benefits charities

At the Highlands Church car show on September 24, car enthusiasts displayed everything from motorcycles to vintage and restored cars.

Bella Vista resident Craig Martin was displaying his 1968 Dodge Charger. He had a photo book from 1999 to 2004 that documented the restoration of the car.

The event had about 120 entries, which was slightly less than in previous years, but about the same number of spectators, with organizers providing about 400 lunches, according to show co-chairman Ted Lasher. He projected that the three church-sponsored charities in the Gravette School District will receive more than $15,000 from the event.

He said: “The inside of the car looked just as awful as the outside.” He bought the car from a resident of Maryland. The man had completely dismantled the automobile, replaced all the panels, installed brand new interior furnishings and rebuilt the engine. According to Martin, this engine “blew up” at some point, so the car now has a 512-inch stroker, which is a newer engine. Furthermore, the car has fresh paint. According to him, it is Solar Yellow, a 1999 Dodge Dakota truck color.

He claimed to have purchased it in Missouri 15 years prior. He stripped everything from the frame and installed a Mustang 2 front end and an S10 rear end. It has a 700 R4 four-speed automatic transmission and a mid-1980s 305 engine that he rebuilt. The truck bed is oak with stainless steel banding and the interior is completely custom. It is matte black in color. He made the decision to build and weld metal spider webs where the sides of the gullwing cowl were because he wanted air to flow through the engine and people to be able to see the engine.

The 1937 Chevrolet pickup truck that Bella Vista resident Eric Gibby had disassembled and rebuilt himself was brought to the event.

A 1939 Ford five-window coupe owned by Bella Vista resident Dave Getter was on display at the event. He claimed to have bought the 22-year-old building from a man from Waco, Texas.

The Ford has Cragar wheels and a 1969 Pontiac 400 cubic inch engine. It had a Thunderbird-style rear seat, unlike the original design’s absence, he claimed. It is black with a flame pattern on the front, has slats on the hood and has air conditioning.

He remarked, “I drive it to auto shows here and I play golf, so I drive it to the golf course once in a while.” One of the few people to attend the motorcycle show was Bella Vista’s Terry Lowinger. He has a 2013 Indian Vintage Chief Final Edition. There are only 25, he says. The bike’s serial number is 007. It’s painted in a red and black pattern that the manufacturer hadn’t used since 1939.

He referred to the three unusual items and added, “I like unusual things, so that’s what inspired me to buy it. Bella Vista resident Jim Kastelic showed off his yellow 1955 Chevrolet, which he bought on eBay. The car, he says, was made in Los Angeles and traveled back and forth. He said it was modified and refurbished with new paint, interior and engine.

He said he enjoys taking her on cruises, car shows, and Bella Vista Sonic cruise parties. He claimed to have received numerous awards for Best Interior and Best Show. The three organizations supported by the auto show are Samaritan’s Feet, which gives new socks and shoes to every registered child, Snack Packs for Kids, which provides snacks to food-insecure children throughout the school year, and Bright Futures, a non-profit organization. focused on uniting communities to focus on child success.

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