Hot rides and more in Lohrville

LOHRVILLE – Chad Brensel, of Boone, doesn’t have to actually answer the question of why he built the 1987 Monte Carlo hot rod he entered in the annual Lohrville Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show.

The license plate says it for him.

“JusBcuz,” it reads.

The car is a labor of love. Almost everything under the hood is either chromed or polished to high luster. The interior is spotless and the paint could easily be used as a mirror.

Even so, “There’s still a few things I want to do to it,” he said.

Of course, just having it look good isn’t enough. Brensel said he’s had it tested and the car produces 640 horsepower.

This is not the same car that rolled out of the factory, very little is completely original.

“Just the dash and the sheet metal,” he said.

While he regularly drives the car, he’s found that some of the nooks and crannies can attract a lot of unwanted dust and grime.

“It is a royal pain in the butt to keep clean,” he said.

Jim Sheets, of Ames, brought his 1986 Mustang GT convertible to the show. The Ford pony car is a favorite in the family. He built a 1965 version for his daughter.

“That’s her baby,” he said. “She’ll never part with it.”

The show also got him a prize – a set of metric wrenches – although he wasn’t exactly sure in what category.

“I think we’re the second furthest away,” he said.

He said he enjoys attending car shows in small towns, he enjoys visiting with other car enthusiasts, the public and the relaxed atmosphere.

His wife Marilyn – also a car buff – comes along.

“I love cars,” she said. “He would never go to a car show without me.”

Nathan Burley, 7, of Lake City, walked along the row of bright vehicles with his dad, Nick Burley.

He had already picked out the one he liked best.

“This truck,” Nathan Burley said while pointing to a restored 1950s vintage International Harvester pickup. “Unless they’re Camaros or Chargers.”

His dad said that the vintage Mustangs were his personal favorites.

Should the pair encounter one with a “For Sale” sign on it, they might be in trouble when they get home.

“We brought the car trailer,” Burley said. “So we could.”

Fred Moeller, of Fort Dodge, drove his 1937 Ford to the show. He built the bright purple car in 1999.

The car doesn’t get as many miles as he’d like.

“I hardly ever get it out,” he said.

He enjoys the social aspect of the show and the inspiration.

“We bounce ideas off each other,” he said.

The day’s other events included a tractor pull and cooking by the Lohrville Volunteer Fire Department.

A large bull that wandered in from a nearby farm was not actually part of the event; however, he did provide a bit of additional entertainment as he munched on the nearby softball diamond’s outfield until he could be picked up.