Dozens of early 1900s cars to be on display at depot in Standish


STANDISH — In a display that would make Henry Ford proud, several dozen Model A and T cars and trucks will be at the Standish Depot July 14 for the seventh annual car show.

“We do it to highlight not only the old cars but to bring people to the depot,” organizer Curt Hillman said. “We have put a lot of effort into restoring it so it’s nice to highlight the depot and old cars.”

The car show features primarily early Ford cars, trucks and speedsters with a production date of 1931 and older.

New this year, kids in attendance will serve as judges for a youth choice award.

“That is something new this year,” Hillman said. “We want to get kids involved and take time to look at the old cars. Hagerty Insurance out of Traverse City provided a youth judging packet to get kids between the ages of 6 and 14 to pick out a handful of cars.”

The judging packets include T-shirts, hats, name tags and equipment to set the kids up as official judges for the show. The group received enough judging packets for 15 kids. However, Hillman said any kid can be a judge regardless of receiving a packet.

According to Hillman, the young judges will talk to the owners of the cars to learn more about their car and the owners’ passions, and the hope is to encourage the kids to grow interest in the hobby.

Hillman said youth involvement is key to continuing the hobby of car collecting.

Participants in the show having their chance to win several awards including six Best of Show trophies, a long distance award for the farthest driven and the farthest trailered and a club participation award. Attendees who dress in era attire also have the chance to win a male or female attire award.

Typically 55-60 cars show up at the show, but Hillman said he has more registered at this time than he usually would.

Also new this year, the group will be doing a cruise the day before the show, where participants will head west of Standish to Eden Fields Assisted Living before touring back through town and heading to the Saganing Chippewa Tribal Center for a private dinner.

The show is scheduled for July 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. For more information contact Hillman at 989-846-2771 or

Note: The Independent had the incorrect date for the tour and private dinner in this week's issue.


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