Many stories about the cars in the cruise to the monument | Heraldrepublican

ANGOLA — There’s plenty of nostalgia to be found on a cruise to the Angola Monument.

There were many touching moments at Wednesday’s event, as many vintage car owners said they bought their vehicles because they drove similar cars in high school. Now they’re willing to travel as far as Ohio and Michigan to show off their expensive antiques to like-minded people.

One of the show’s most notable cars was a purple 1958 Cadillac Series 62 owned by Craig Funkhouser. Funkhouser’s father bought him the car when Funkhouser turned 16, and he was delighted by the fact that the car was built the same year he was born, and “he’s had the car ever since,” said James Geiger, who helped restore the car. .

Later, the car sat in a garage for a long time and Fankhauser sometimes drove it to buy ice cream, Geiger said, and then the Fankhauser children went to high school and they wanted to drive the car their high school father drove, so Fankhauser decided to fix it up.

“His kids wanted to ride it when it was time for them to go to high school,” Geiger said.

The restoration lasted several years, and the children did not have time to drive it to school. Geiger said another person originally started the repairs, but that person got leukemia and then he took possession of the car, which he said “was all in pieces.”

Geiger and Funkhouser, who were in Toledo, Ohio at the time, decided to have the car made to order. Geiger did the design and all the custom parts and interior, while another Toledo auto shop, High Point Restorations, did the body and paint. The car now has a new music system, a new engine, a new interior and a new color.

“This is brand new,” Geiger said.

Geiger said this is the first car show in Angola they have attended. He now resides in Clear Lake and he brought the car from Toledo and it was stored in a warehouse nearby until the show.

Another notable two-door sedan from the 1960s, the Chevrolet Bel Air, was purchased by Richard Spangle 38 years ago because he had a car of the same model and color in high school in 1962. His friend once told him that there is a very similar car for sale.

“So that’s how I ended up with it,” Spangle said.

Spangle said he repainted the car in the same “tanned copper” color and got “new metal here and there” and drove it to work for a few years and then drove it around the lakes.

“It’s got 149,000 miles on the engine and it’s still running good,” Spangle said.

Spangle said he used to own a few other vintage cars, but they required too much attention, so he sold them and bought an airplane, then sold the airplane, and now only owns his cherished Chevrolet.

One of the more unusual cars on display was a 1975 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, and owner Bruce Evertts said the car was bought by his friend, the late Mike Stevenson, and Evertts brought it to the restoration shop last year. work on the engine.

Evertts said Stevenson and he owned the car “just to play with it.”

Lela Farrow of Ohio explained why her husband, Lonnie, owned their 1962 Monterey the same way.

“His toys; they are fun, said Lela.

Lonnie said he also enjoys meeting different people at the show. Like Furrow’s Monterey, some cars had to travel longer distances to Angola, like the 1962 Plymouth Fury that was originally brought by its current owner, Michael Beer, a Fort Wayne resident who owned the car for 22 years after purchasing it in 1999 in the company a person in Tucson, Arizona.

Boer said he bought one of the cars that are all the rage now, but that weren’t popular when they were brand new, because he thought they were different, while everyone else thought the cars were ugly.

“You probably won’t see anything like this in the area,” Beer said.

Beer said he also has another vintage 1958 Chevrolet, but he didn’t bring it to the show. For Beer, a 48-year-old retired mechanic, maintaining vintage cars is a hobby, but he also has to work hard to keep his property clean and beautiful.

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“I bought it and I just love it,” he said.

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