By Ron VandenBoom
The gleam and glitter of custom cars and hot-rods will titillate the senses and rev up the imagination next weekend in Great Falls.
The Eighth Annual Custom Car Show will open it's doors to the public Friday, March 10, from 4-10 p.m. at the Great Falls Fairground Trades and Industry Building.
Six Havre residents will compete for trophies and cash prizes during the three day event that will also be open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Havre resident Monte Connor will be there with his 1955 Chevy Nomad and Allan Culp will be bringing a 1966 Chevy Nova to the show, said Galen Bredeson, organizer of the event.
Also expected to participate is Gary Glock with his 1967 Chevy pickup truck and Duane Johnston is bringing a 1955 Chevy convertible.
Bill Hamilton will also participate with his 1937 Ford convertible and Bill Anderson rounds out the list of Havre competitors with his 1934 Ford pickup truck.
Bredeson said some of the participants have been featured in street Rod magazines and won international awards for their cars. He added that one of the participants from Missoula will be bringing a car valued at over $100,000.
Ten trophies are to be awarded Sunday morning to the most outstanding cars and cash prizes for the best display will also be given out.
There are also cars selected by businesses as "business picks" that receive awards, Bredeson said.
Also added this year will be the model car contest for plastic model enthusiasts of all ages.
Bredeson said he expects 75 hot-rods to enter the competition and approximately 7,000 visitors annually attend the show
Cost of the event is $5 for an all-day ticket and children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.
There will be continuous video action, food and beverages for the hungry, and business booths will also be available for spectator perusal throughout the event.