Nearly 2,000 enthusiasts enjoyed great weather and the more than 490 vehicles on display during the 2009 JC Whitney Spring Car Show at the company's distribution center in LaSalle, Ill., last weekend. Held in the 5-acre parking lot of the 400,000 sq ft facility, the event was the largest and most successful show we have ever hosted at JC Whitney, said shop and events manager Toby J. Ristau.
"We have been doing this show for over 10 years and this year's was the best show ever," Ristau said. "Everybody was pleased with the turnout and we probably had over $10 million dollars worth of vehicles here."
In the enjoyment of the sunny weather, the variety of custom vehicles provided spectators a chance to see an array of unique rides, Ristau said. "It's amazing how many hot rods we had here," he said. "We had Chargers, Challengers, PT Cruisers, Bikes and a Mini-grave digger. Neat stuff you wouldn't see everyday. Car shows in the Chicago area don't have the hot rods like these."
The annual event featured more than 30 class categories such as Original, Restored, Street Rods, Street Machines, Trucks and other custom models. Trophies were awarded for the top three vehicles in each class, and a cash prize and trophy was given for Best of Show.
Kevin and Annette Marzetta, of Oglesby, Ill., captured Best of Show with their 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. The model proved to be the last year for the muscle car's classic design before Ford changed Mustang's body.
In a separate show on Saturday, Volkswagen enthusiasts celebrated their 3rd annual All Car Show & Shine, which was presented by the Chicago-based Harsh Winters VW Club. More than 50 Volkswagen models were on display, said Ristau. This was the first year the event was held at JC Whitney. Ristau mentioned the positive feedback from the crowd could spawn another Volkswagen show next year.
"Actually, I was surprised how many campers were on display," Ristau said of the Volkswagen exhibit. "When you think of Volkswagen, you think of Beetles and Karmann Ghias, but all the classic Volkswagen models were on hand. Everyone was happy."